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Brazil Initiative


Brown University offers a host of opportunities for collaborative grants with Brazil, student funding in Brazilian Studies, and library collections for those pursuing research on Brazil.


Brazil Initiative Collaboration Grants

These grants fund partnerships between Brown and Brazilian academic institutions to stimulate research and teaching related to Brazil in such areas as mathematics, environmental sciences, public health, medicine, and engineering. The next cycle for Spring 2016 will be due February 1, 2016.

Brazil Research Grants, Office of Global Engagement

These grants are open to Brown University full- time faculty, doctoral students, and research staff. The maximum award amount is $5,000. The next cycle of grant proposals will be due October 1, 2014.

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Student Funding

Belda Family Fund for Brazilian Studies

This fund supports the programming of the Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies.

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Karina Lago Fund

Established posthumously in honor of Brown alumna Karina Lago '95, this fund provides further resources to Portuguese and Brazilian Studies for an annual prize and academic programming.

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Brasiliana Collection

Based originally on the Thomas E. Skidmore Collection of 6,000 volumes on nineteenth and twentieth-century Brazil, these holdings of Brazil-related materials at the Brown University Library are in process of considerable expansion.

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Brasiliana Collections Curator

Opening the Archives Project

This collaboration between Brown University and State University of Maringá, Paraná contains 10,000 U.S. State Department documents from the 1960s and 70s related to the military dictatorship that have been digitized and indexed for public access.

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Portugal and Brazil Collection, John Carter Brown Library

The John Carter Brown Library has a spectacular collection of books from pre-independence Brazil.

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Thomas Skidmore Archives

Professor Thomas Skidmore donated much of his personal Brazil papers to Brown libraries to further enrich their collections on race, nationalism, history and culture.

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Beyond Brown


BRASA, the Brazilian Studies Association, is the key international association promoting the discipline of Brazilian Studies, particularly in the social sciences and humanities.

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Afro-Brazilian Literature Portal, Federal University of Minas Gerais

The Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) has a portal highlighting its research project to investigate the literary production of the Afro-descendant population throughout Brazil's history.



An ample resource on Brazil policy dealing with agriculture, banking, the environment, development and many other issues, the briefings and publications on this site are a crucial portal to understanding the intricacies of Brazilian politics.