To be eligible for the Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies Study Abroad Scholarship for Undergraduate Students, an applicant must be:

  1. An undergraduate student in good standing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign;
  2. In the process of applying to, or being accepted to, an approved study abroad or internship program in Brazil. Proof of program acceptance is required before award disbursement.


Award amounts may be up to $1,500. Awards are determined based on the cost and length of the study abroad program and the availability of funds.


Applications are reviewed holistically, and preference will be given to those who have knowledge of Portuguese, with consideration of the following:

  1. Impact of the program on student’s academic and career trajectory
  2. Academic preparedness
  3. Financial need


  1. Applications should include:
  • A 1–2-page essay (Times New Roman, 12-point font, 1-inch margins) that describes how the study abroad will impact your academic and career trajectory and why you are interested in Brazil;
  • Students may also send a 100-word statement of financial needs;
  • A 1-page resume;
  • A short description (~100 words) about the study abroad program;
  • A recommendation from a professor or academic advisor;
  • Optional: a short paragraph describing financial need.

      2. Applicants must submit the above information to the Box account all compiled in one file with a title in the following format: LastName, FirstName – DeptAbbrev – Undergrad2024.

      3. Applicants should arrange for the appropriate faculty member to upload the letter of recommendation. The filename should be LastName, FirstName – DeptAbbrev – Undergrad2024 – RecommenderInitals.pdf.

      4. The application and the letter of recommendation should be submitted here.


  • Upon returning to campus, students will submit a 1-page report (same formatting guidelines as the application essay) along with at least one photograph from their trip, which may be used by the Lemann Center on our website, in fliers, and other publications and materials.
  • Students may also be asked to speak about their study abroad experience at a Lemann Center event.


  • February 15 for summer short-term, summer, fall, or academic year programs.
  • September 15 for winter break, spring break, and spring semester programs.

For more information, please contact Elis Artz, Senior Program Coordinator for the Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies at