Lemann Center Research Grants for U of I Faculty

2023 Lemann Center Research Grants for U of I Faculty

The Center normally offers up to two awards per year, paying up to $20,000.00 each. However, value of each award is dependent on the type and scope of the project as well as the budget approved by the Lemann Center. Some expenses may not be covered.

Eligibility: The Lemann Research Grants are available to all University of Illinois full-time faculty members who are developing research about Brazil. Applicants must submit evidence of a sufficient command of Portuguese to successfully execute the proposed project.

Restrictions: Awards can be used for on-campus research, airfare, in-country transportation expenses, living expenses and other research-related expenses. Comparative studies between Brazil and other countries are permissible; however, only the Brazilian portion of the research will be considered for funding. Released time for write-ups will not be considered. Expense requests in the research proposal are subject to review and approval by the Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies and the Illinois Global Institute business administration office. See budget guidelines below.

Evaluation: Applications will be ranked by an interdisciplinary committee of Brazilianists appointed by the Center.

Reporting: Grant winner must submit a 1,000-word report no later than six weeks after the tenure of their fellowship. Grant winners must also acknowledge support received from the Lemann Centerin publications flowing from the grant, and must agree to discuss their Center-supported research in a seminar format.

Budget Guidelines: Please see the research budget guidelines, posted here.

The competition will take place annually, and the next deadline is February 13, 2023.

Completed applications and proposals must be submitted in electronic format and uploaded to Box.

Proposals will not be accepted without all application materials listed below. Please submit application as one single PDF file.

Application Requirements:

  • A double-spaced 1,000-word proposal, plus bibliography. The proposal should discuss hypotheses, relevant theories and methods, and the data employed
  • A brief descriptive title and a 200-word summary of the project
  • A detailed budget for the research, and the amount requested from the Lemann Center
  • A current curriculum vitae of the Principal Investigator (faculty member) and of other members of the research team, if any
  • An itinerary for any travel
  • Evidence of a sufficient command of Portuguese to conduct the project
  • A list of previous awards for the project, the dates of the awards, and a list of any publications that have resulted from such awards

The Grant Proposal: Applicants should explain in the proposal what they plan to do and why, making clear the relevance of the project to their professional experience and the significance of the project for Brazil as well as within their field of scholarship. They should bear in mind that the selection committee is inter-disciplinary, composed of scholars who are not necessarily specialists in the applicants’ area.

Candidates should give a brief summary of the progress already made on the project, and explain how it contributes to the present research. If the project is part of a cooperative undertaking, the relationship should be explained. Finally, candidates should include information on any publication arrangements already made.

The bibliography should be no longer than two pages and should be attached to the project description. Each page of the proposal and budget should be consecutively numbered, with the P.I.’s name in the upper right-hand corner of each page. The proposal should be headed with a brief descriptive title.

For more information please contact Elis Artz, Lemann Center Program Coordinator, at Coble Hall, Room 305. She can be reached via e-mail at elisartz@illinois.edu.