Funding Opportunities & Awards
The following funding opportunities are currently available through the Center for Brazilian Studies.
2020 competition details coming soon.
The Center for Brazilian Studies seeks to expand faculty research in or on Brazil by offering seed money for preliminary projects that increase competitiveness for extramural funding, develop deeper ties to Brazilian universities and organizations, and lead to collaborations with Brazilian scholars.
This competition is open to all Unit 3 faculty, except those who received research funding from the Program in the previous year.
US-Brazil Integrating Engineering and Anthropology Research to Expand Perspectives on Water and Sustainability
This program will run 2020 and 2021. For more information visit the Safe WaTER at SDSU site.
Opening in Fall 2018 for the first cohort of students in Summer 2019, a new NSF grant that will support students from Anthropology and Engineering to do interdisciplinary field research in Brazil.
This project will enable cohorts of students from engineering, anthropology, and other sustainability-related disciplines to collaborate and study the efficacy of sanitation and wastewater treatment technologies as well as the role of culture and local perceptions on the safe recovery of energy, nutrients, and clean water from human excreta and wastewater. Over the course of three years, a total of 18 US students will be supported to study the performance of different technologies at the Center for Research and Training in Sanitation (CePTS) in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. This facility, which is co-managed by the Federal University of Minas Gerais and the State Wastewater Company of Minas Gerais, contains pilot-scale reactors that treat real wastewater from the city of Belo Horizonte. Considered one of the most important research and professional training centers of its kind in the Americas, it is used as a test site to evaluate the effectiveness of new technologies and train wastewater system operators. In addition to broadening students’ perspectives about sanitation, resource recovery, and risk within an interdisciplinary team setting, this project will also allow students to improve their intercultural abilities. We will seek to recruit students that reflect our demographics as Title V Hispanic Serving Institutions, with a particular focus on underrepresented groups in the sciences and engineering. Students will participate in a five-day intensive “crash course” on Brazilian culture and Portuguese language, led by the San Diego State University Program on Brazil, where they will learn to appreciate the opinions and perspectives of people from different cultures and backgrounds. They will gain an awareness of international, interdisciplinary, and community perspectives on the role of engineering and technology in the management of water, energy, and food systems. After participating in the research experience, students will share their experiences by engaging in local outreach activities at K-12 schools in Southern California.
Deadline to apply TBA for 2021
In 2020, the Behner Stiefel Center for Brazilian Studies will offer funds to offset the cost of doing an internships with collaborating organizations in Brazil. Students can apply for up to $2,500 to work with either Sinal do Vale or Aniyami. (Note: At this time, funding cannot be used to support internships at other organizations.)
Sinal do Vale
Sinal do Vale, founded in 2011, is a global learning center for the transition to a sustainable future, which prototypes solutions for the regeneration of communities, food systems and forests, and disseminates them through education, products and services. Sinal do Vale is located in 173 hectares of land in the buffer zone between the urban sprawl of Rio de Janeiro -called the Baixada Fluminense -and one of the last remaining protected areas of the mega diverse Atlantic Forest. Available internships Include:
- Regenerative Cuisine
- Waste Management
- Regenerative Landscape Management
Anyami Brazil is an incoming tour operator specialized in Adventure and Sustainable Travel, which provides creative, responsible and quality travel experiences for its clients. Aniyami’s goal is to help people explore Brazil by getting in touch with the true essence of each region, its local inhabitants, their culture, gastronomy and the varied landscapes they call home. Available internships include:
- Digital Marketing
- Sustainability Communications Strategy
Tinker Foundation Field Research Grant
The Center for Latin American Studies is awards Tinker Foundation Field Research Grant to fund the travel for graduate
students who are doing preliminary research in Latin America and intend to pursue
a Ph.D. The objective of this grant is to provide students with the opportunity to
immerse themselves into their prospective fields and attain language knowledge, cultural
background, initiate research contacts, network with institutions and possible informants
and/or research subjects, and gather preliminary research data.
U.S. Student Fulbright Program
Applicants may propose to do research, attend courses, teach English or participate in a business internship in one of about 150 countries around the world. Visit the Fulbright Program site.
Brazil Initiation Scholarship
The Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA) invites applications from graduate and undergraduate
students for a one-time $1,500 travel scholarship to do exploratory research or language
study in Brazil. Visit the BRASA site.
Past Research Awards
Faculty Research Awards
Expanding collaborative research on HIV and addiction to improve patient engagement
in health care and treatment for HIV and substance use disorders
Dr. Maria Luisa Zuñiga - School of Social Work
Teaching and Learning Portuguese as a Foreign Language: Comparative Case Studies of
U.S. and Brazilian Higher Education Institutions
Dr. Cristian Aquino-Sterling - College of Education and Cassia De Abreu - Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Regulation, Individual Perspectives and Decision Making across cultural contexts:
Brazil, Mexico and the United States
Dr. Salvador Espinoza, School of Public Affairs
Musical Traditions of Northeastern Brazil
Dr. Nadezda Novakovic- Language Acquisition Resource Center - Combined Portuguese Startalk Programs
Deforestation impact on water quality and quantity in the Brazilian Amazon
Dr. Trent Biggs, Department of Geography
Brazil Syndemics Research Partnership
Dr. María Luisa Zúñiga and Dr. Susan Kiene, College of Health and Human Services
Sales Management: Market Opportunities in Brazil
Dr. Martina Musteen, College of Business Administration
Sustainability and Surfing: Initiatives, challenges and opportunities in the surfing
Mecca Brazil and the United States (Santa Catarina & California)
Dr. Jess Ponting, L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality & Tourism Management
Event and workshops with Brazilian scholar and author, Dr. Lúcia Bettencourt
Dr. Lauren Applegate, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Faculty Curricular Innovation Awards
Sarah Elkind, Department of History
Course: Biophysical Modeling of Land - Atmosphere Interaction Processes (GEOG 596)
Fernando De Sales, Department of Geography
Student Intership Awards
Major: Political Sciences
Internship with Sinal do Vale
Internship with Sinal do Vale
Major: International Business
Internship with Aniyami
NSF IRES Student Research Opportunity
Major: Civil Engineering
Affiliation: CAL Poly Pomona
Major: Urban Studies
José Calderon Jr.
Graduate student, Civil Engineering
Graduate student, Public Health
Major: Environmental Engineering
Graduate student, Environmental Engineering
Student Research Awards
Effects on non-injecting drug use in adherence to treatment and engagement to care
in Brazilian patients co-infected with HIV and Tuberculosis
Betânia Nogueira, College of Health and Human Services
Policy Networks and Democratic Governance
Ricardo Vieira, M.A in Political Science