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Funding Opportunities & Awards

The Behner Stiefel Center for Brazilian Studies (CBS) is pleased to announce funding opportunities for enhancement of teaching, research, and programming on Brazil.

Faculty Funding

Brazil-Sustainability Seed Funding // Deadline December 15, 2022

See the Seed Funding page to apply.

Teaching Grants // Applications accepted on a rolling basis

Faculty seeking to enhance their teaching on Brazil are eligible for grants up to $1000. The CBS can support course development, guest lectures, small workshops, and other activities that support undergraduate and graduate teaching. Proposals to integrate Brazil-specific content in existing courses are permitted and encouraged.

Campus Programming Grants // Applications accepted on a rolling basis

The Center for Brazilian Studies also provides funding to support campus programming on Brazil and events featuring Brazilian guest lecturers, including panel discussions, workshops, exhibitions, and film screenings. In addition to funding to cover the costs of such events, the Center can offer support for virtual events, Zoom webinars, online promotion of events, and recording of events to be published on YouTube and the Digital Brazil Project.

Application Package

  1. Applicant Information
  2. Abstract in lay terminology (150-word maximum)
  3. Project Description (1000-word maximum including references)
  4. Experience and Qualifications (350-word maximum)
  5. Itemized Budget and Budget Justification

Download the Application Forms:  Research | Teaching  | Programming

All Unit 3 faculty in all San Diego State University units, regardless of rank, are strongly encouraged to apply: Lecturers, Assistant Professors, Associate Professors, and Full Professors.

Download the informational flyer


Student Funding

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

This program will run 2022 and 2023  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 2022

View the flyer | View the brochure 


Funded Internships

In 2022, 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:

  • Business
  • Eco-Tourism
  • Regenerative Cuisine
  • Waste Management
  • Regenerative Landscape Management
  • Communications


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

View the flyer | Download the Application


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