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Funding Opportunities & Awards

The following funding opportunities are currently available through the Center for Brazilian Studies.

Faculty Funding

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.

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Student Funding

US-Brazil Integrating Engineering and Anthropology Research to Expand Perspectives on Water and Sustainability

This program will run 2020 and 2021.  More information coming soon.

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 2020 and 2021

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Funded Internships

2020 competition details coming soon.

In 2019, 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.)

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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

Low Income Housing - A Brazilian Model
Dr. Thaís Alves - Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering
 
Research Collaborations with Brazilian Scholars
Dr. Piotr Jankowski - Department of Geography
Enhancing Graduate Student Research Collaborations in the Field of Biochemistry
Dr. Roland Wolkowicz - Department of Biology
Electoral Cycles and Infant Health in Brazil
Dr. Ryan Abman - Department of Economics

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

Spring 2019

Course: World Environmental History (HIST 536) 
Sarah Elkind, Department of History

Course: Biophysical Modeling of Land - Atmosphere Interaction Processes (GEOG 596)
Fernando De Sales, Department of Geography

 


Student Intership Awards

Nicole Eliaschev
Major: Political Sciences
Internship with Sinal do Vale

Mulika Musyimi
Major: Sustainability
Internship with Sinal do Vale

Katia Tabbaco
Major: International Business
Internship with Aniyami

 


NSF IRES Student Research Opportunity

Lorena Benett
Major: Civil Engineering
Affiliation: CAL Poly Pomona

Britney Budiman
Major: Urban Studies

José Calderon Jr.
Graduate student, Civil Engineering

Brooke Dollabella
Graduate student, Public Health

Anais Gaunin
Major: Environmental Engineering

Fei Zhao
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