The University of Illinois

The Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Funding Opportunities

The Lemann Institute and CLACS underwrite different research initiatives to advance the knowledge of Brazil among students and faculty at the University of Illinois. For more information about each funding opportunity, please click on the hyperlinks below.


Lemann Graduate Fellowship for Brazilian Studies: This fellowship is awarded annually to UIUC graduate students doing research about Brazil, and provides an annual stipend of $18,000.00. Applicants should check with their Departments and Schools to verify that their home units offer tuition waivers. The deadline for the submission of proposals is usually in February.

FLAS: This fellowship supports graduate and undergraduate study in modern foreign languages in combination with area studies, international studies, or international or area aspects of professional studies. Awards include a stipend and financial support for tuition and fees, and are available for summer or the entire academic year.

TINKER Field Research Grant: This grant is designed to provide graduate students with their initial exploratory experience in developing independent research projects and conducting field research in Latin America. Funding is provided for travel and research costs for four or more weeks during the summer.

Undergraduate Study Abroad Program in Brazil: Together with the Study Abroad Office, the Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies funds study abroad scholarships to undergraduate students to take courses in Brazilian institutions and participate in specific study abroad programs aimed at Brazil. The scholarships can be awarded for semester, academic year or the summer and winter breaks. Application and selection is made through the Study Abroad Office. Please visit


Lemann Institute Research Grants for U of I Faculty: The Institute normally offers up to two awards per year, paying up to $20,000.00 each. However, the value of each award is dependent on the type and scope of the project as well as the budget approved by the Lemann Institute.

Lemann Institute Collaborative Research Grants: The Lemann Institute Collaborative Research Grants have the objective of supporting research proposals between UIUC and Brazilian faculty members. Proposals should focus on Brazilian topics. These Grants are for one year. If resources permit and the quality of proposals is high, up to two awards will be offered per year, paying up to a total of $20,000.00 each. The value of each award depends on the type and scope of the project as well as the budget approved by the Lemann Institute.

The following opportunities for faculty are offered together with CLACS:

Lemann Brazilian Studies Course Development Awards: The Brazilian Studies Course Development Awards are intended to support faculty developing new courses, or revising existing courses, to include significant Brazilian content. Awards of up to $3,000 can support travel, the purchase of potential course materials, photocopying, research assistance or similar costs related to the development of the course.

CLACS/Lemann Faculty Travel Awards: The Faculty Travel Awards are intended to support faculty travel overseas for short-term trips to enrich instructional materials, establish and maintain linkages with overseas institutions, and explore promising new lines of research.

CLACS/Lemann Faculty Development Conference Grants: The Faculty Development Conference Grants are intended to help support small conferences or workshops enabling UI faculty to advance innovative directions in scholarship related to Latin America. Projects involving interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaborations are especially encouraged. Awards of up to $2,500 can be used to support travel and lodging of invited conference participants, publicity, and dissemination of conference proceedings. Conferences should take place during the 2013-14 academic year.