Cities Research Funding Opportunities in Brazil

Harvard's DRCLAS Brazil Studies Program & Office will help launch and support a range of collaborations related to urbanization, public health, engineering, air pollution, housing, transportation, and more. Providing education, energy, health, housing, infrastructure, sanitation, security, transportation, water and other basic services to the 85% of Brazil’s population that now lives in cities is a daunting task. The country’s rapid transformation from a predominantly rural society to a metropolitan one has added to the complexity of establishing and sustaining vibrant cities.

Funding Available

There is no fixed limit, but normally, the maximum award is $10,000 for faculty and $5,000 for graduate students. Awards must be used by August 31, 2018. Grants seek to spark faculty-led research initiatives and collaborations in or involving Brazil, and to provide support for student research in Brazil.

Eligibility Criteria  

Students: Master and Ph.D. students in any Harvard Department or School. Awardees from this fund are welcome to apply again.

Faculty: Full-time Lecturer, Assistant, Associate and Full Professors in any Harvard Department or School.  Preference will be given to faculty members who did not receive an award from this fund in previous years.

Projects with a focus on Brazil related to cities on topics such as, but not limited to:
Urban Transportation, Housing, Energy Solutions, Public Security, and Health and Sanitation. Awards will be used to cover costs of research, international travel and domestic transportation in Brazil, visa fees, lodging and meals for the Harvard faculty member (including collaborators from Harvard and Brazil, if appropriate) and for Harvard students.

How to Apply

  1. Complete the short online application: click here to access the form;
  2. Submit the following materials (PDF, Word or Excel formats accepted) in a single email to
    • Project Proposal (approximately 1,000 words);
    • Detailed Budget (reflecting other sources of funding, if any);
    • Curriculum Vitae, including CVs of collaborators if/as appropriate.

Submission Deadline: May 7th, 2017 at 11:59pm EST.
Award Announcements: May 22nd, 2017. Award checks will be made available to awardees in early May.

Successful Awards in Previous Years:

Cities Research Fund 2016

• "The Politics of Inequality in the Spatial Allocation of Urban Public Goods and Services in Brazil" - Alice Xu, PhD Candidate Department of Government, GSAS;
• "Urbanization and Energy Infrastructure in the Brazilian Amazon: impacts of hydropower development in cities of the Jari River Basin" - Andreas Georgoulias, Lecturer in Architecture and Senior Research Associate, GSD;
• "Project on Brasilia Summer Workshop" - Charles Waldheim, John E. Irving Professor of Landscape Architecture, GSD;
• "Government Support Structures for Collective Housing in Brazi
l" - David Solomon, Master of Architecture Candidate, GSD;
• "Collective Housing: Domesticity and the Shaping of the Brazilian Metropolis" - Felipe Correa, Associate Professor of Urban Design, GSD;
• "Consequences of Urban Crime in Brazil" - Horacio Larreguy, Assistant Professor, Department of Government, GSAS;
• "Does Education Help Poor Cities Catch Up? Evidence from Brazil" - Juan Pablo Chauvin, PhD Candidate in Public Policy, Department of Economics, GSAS;
• "Probing Policy Feedback: Teacher Attitudes Toward Merit Pay in Brazil" - Leslie Finger, PhD Candidate, Department of Government, GSAS;
• "Urbanization at the Amazon: Subverting Spatial Impositions" - Marysol Brito & Ana Moratilla, Master of Architecture Candidates, GSD;
• "Visions of Development: interactions between Brazilian modernist literature and architecture" - Rodrigo del Río, PhD Candidate, Department of Romance Languages and Literature, GSAS;
• "Air Quality Diagnostics by Drone-Based Sensor Networks: The Next Horizon for Better Lives in Smart Cities" - Scot Martin, Gordon McKay Professor of Environmental Chemistry, SEAS.

Cities Research Fund 2017

• "Rehabilitation of Public Spaces for Violence Alleviation" - Diane E. Davis and Mariana Pereira Guimaraes, Charles Dyer Norton Professor of Regional Planning and Urbanism, and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design; Joint Degree in Urban Planning and Public Health, GSD;
• "Pathways towards Child Friendly "Hoods": advancing processes of implementation of child friendliness in neighborhoods" - Carolina San Miguel, Doctoral Candidate, GSD;
• "Place-Based Impact Variation of a School-Based Socioemotional Learning Intervention in Rio de Janeiro" - Emily Hanno, Ph.D. Candidate, GSAS;
• "The Material Agency of Concrete: Tropical Modernism’s Climatic Intelligence in Brazilian Cities" - Gina Ciancone & Vladimir Gintoff, Master of Architecture and Master of Urban Planning; Master of Architecture and Master of Urban Planning, GSD;
• "Transportation Costs and Firm Performance: Evidence from Brazil" - Jasmina Chauvin, Doctoral candidate, HBS;
• "Brazilian Urban Criminal Networks" - Jessie Bullock, ???;
• "Brazilian Local Economies and the Elasticity of Female Labor" - Juan Pablo Chauvin, PhD candidate, GSAS;
• "Quantity or Quality? The Political Economy of Educational Quality in Brazil" - Julia Smith Coyoli, ???;
• "Understanding criminal governance in São Paulo" - Kaitlyn Chriswell, PhD Candidate, GSAS;
• "Green vs Gentrification: Exploring the public’s access to green space and its association with gentrification in Brazilian cities" - Longfeng Wu, Doctoral Candidate, GSD;
• "Maternal and infant health in Southern Brazilian cities: a cohort study" - S V Subramanian, Professor of Population Health and Geography, HSPH;
• "The Port and the City: The Impact of Post Panamax Ships on Brazilian Port Cities" - Theodore Kofman, ???, GSD;

The Harvard-Brazil Cities Research Fund was made
available thanks to the generosity of the Haddad Foundation
and the Lemann Family Endowment at Harvard.