Duke Brazil Initiative Opens Research Grants


Deadline: March 3, 2017

The Duke Brazil Initiative (DBI) is offering research grants for both individual and group projects focused on Brazil. We particularly encourage proposals that align with the DBI and Global Brazil Lab on-going activities or signature initiatives (social mobility and education, energy and environment, arts and curation) although new ideas from any discipline are welcomed. The competition is open to Duke graduate and professional students and Duke faculty and may include Brazilian collaborators. Undergraduates may be included as part of group project proposals.

Priority will be given to projects with potential for furthering collaboration with Brazilian institutions and scholars, and which could lead to student participation in vertically-integrated student research projects or the writing of senior theses, Master’s projects, or dissertations. Basic to intermediate Portuguese language is preferred. (If you do not speak Portuguese you will be required to show how your proposed research can still be conducted successfully.)

The grants are open to graduate and professional students across all schools and institutes as well as all fields of study. Applications are encouraged from all disciplines in Arts and Sciences as well as professional schools (Nicholas School of the Environment, Law, Fuqua School of Business, Medical School, Nursing, Pratt Engineering, Sanford Public Policy, Global Health Institute, etc.). Artists, performers, and digital humanities scholars are also encouraged to apply although an institutional nexus is required in all cases.

What is the award amount? When should the research take place?

The awards will range from $2,500 to $4,000 depending on the proposed activities (if there is a special case to be made, please be in touch). Recipients are expected to stay for a minimum of 12 days. The exchange should take place between April and November of 2017.

What is expected of a grant recipient?

Grant recipients will be expected to:

  • Keep records of expenses and turn in receipts within two weeks of returning to Duke.
  • Turn in a 4-5 page summary of research one month after field work.
  • Present and/or participate in the annual Brazil conference at Duke and assist in extending Duke’s visibility within Brazil and among Brazilian abroad.

What’s the first step and how will the decision be made?

Assistance can be provided to students who are developing proposals, which will be reviewed in an open and competitive process balanced across themes and schools. Decisions will be made by a faculty steering committee with administrative support provided by CLACS.

What needs to be included in the proposal?

  • rationale for the project and its participants; the narrative (no more than 800-1000 words) should detail the research or academic, pedagogical, or artistic project and why the Brazil grant is important to achieve these goals. A list of potential institutional partners and/or personal contacts in Brazil is highly encouraged with some discussion of how you intend to pursue this project once you return from Brazil
  • Duke participant(s) CVs or resumes
  • Letter/email of support from a faculty mentor.

Please send application materials to Antonio Arce, DBI co-director at ama2@duke.edu or Campus Box 90254 (Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies) or DBI c/o Antonio Arce, john Hope Franklin Center, 2204 Erwin Rd. Durham, NC 27705.

The Duke Brazil Initiative (DBI) is co-sponsored by the Office of Global Affairs and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.