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Sustainability Fellows

The Behner Stiefel Center for Brazilian Studies (CBS) at San Diego State University is accepting applications for a visiting fellow for the Spring 2025 semester (approximately 1/15/25 - 5/15/25). The Center for Brazilian Studies Sustainability Fellow Program supports one Brazilian scholar focused on the study of issues related to climate change, environmental justice, and/or sustainability per semester to be in residence at the CBS. During their time in San Diego, they will teach one course in their area of expertise in English to SDSU students, present their research to the SDSU community, and engage with potential collaborators across campus to expand existing synergies and explore the development of new projects. We are currently accepting applications for Spring 2025. The deadline is open until May 31, 2024.


  • Must hold Brazilian citizenship.
  • Must hold a Ph.D. and be employed at/affiliated with a Brazilian university.
  • Have sufficient English proficiency for teaching courses and conducting research in the United States.
  • Must be a scholar of sustainability, climate change, or environmental justice, broadly construed.
  • Open to scholars in both the natural sciences and social sciences. 


  • Must be financially responsible for all accompanying family members.
  • May not take up other assignments or work elsewhere while in residence.
  • Subject to J-1 visa approval.

Program Details

  • The program will purchase round-trip airfare to San Diego for the Visiting Scholar.
  • Scholars will receive a stipend of $20,000 to support their stay in-residence. Please note that stipends are subject to all federal and state tax withholdings, around 30%.
  • Housing, Health Insurance and Visa expenses are not provided by the Center and should be provided by the scholar.


  • Teach one class in the scholar’s area of expertise in English during the semester in residence at SDSU.
  • Maintain an active research agenda.
  • Build bridges between CBS and the scholar’s home institution.
  • Participate in CBS activities.

To apply, send the following documents in one .pdf to [email protected] before May 31st, 2023 at 12:00 p.m. PDT:

  1. A 2-3 page letter of interest describing relevant experience, teaching and research interests and how your work intersects with the objectives of this program and the CBS. The letter should also include a description of what you would like to accomplish during the residency in San Diego.
  2. A curriculum vitae
  3. The names and contact information of two academic references.
  4. Please indicate which semester you are applying for–Spring or Fall. 

Additional materials and/or an interview may be requested from short-listed candidates. 

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