Programs and Funding Opportunities

Lemann Dialogues
Opportunities for Faculty/Professionals
Opportunities for Students

Lemann Dialogues

The Lemann Dialogue is an annual conference on Brazil collaboratively organized between 4 universities with endowments from the Lemann Foundation (Columbia, Harvard, Illinois, and Stanford).  The founder of the Lemann Foundation is Jorge Paulo Lemann, noted Brazilian business leader and a generous benefactor of Columbia University.

The conference themes vary each year, but generally focus on contemporary social, economic, and political challenges in Brazil.  Speakers at these conferences include faculty from the 4 collaborating institutions, as well as academics and policymakers from Brazil.  The conference is an excellent opportunity to showcase research on Brazil, build meaningful connections between the four Lemann centers, and connect with leading academic and public policy experts.

Columbia University hosted the fifth conference on November 19-20, 2015.  Click here for the conference page.

Opportunities for Faculty/Professionals


Columbia University is one of five major universities to have a professorship endowed by the Tinker Foundation. The goal of the Tinker Visiting Professor program is to bring to the campus pre-eminent scholars and professionals (journalists, writers, artists, public officials, etc.) who are citizens of Latin America or the Iberian Peninsula as a means of encouraging contact and collaboration.

A Tinker Visiting Professor usually offers to teach (or co-teach) one course – a mixed graduate/undergraduate specialized seminar in his/her field of expertise. The visitor is asked also to give a public lecture. The Tinker Professor will be supported by a stipend, office space at the Institute of Latin American Studies, assistance in arranging Columbia housing, travel reimbursements, and part-time research assistance. Funding can also be made available to support conferences or other events at the University related to the visitor’s fields of interest during or following their semester of residence.  Please visit the Tinker page for additional information.


Each year ILAS selects distinguished academics to visit Columbia University to work on their own research and writing projects. Visiting Scholars are selected through a competitive process on the basis of professional qualifications, the quality of research plans, and the relevance of both to the Institute’s mission and objectives.

If you are interested in applying to the Visiting Scholar program, please download the VS Guidelines Information and Application Form. If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact Esteban Andrade, Program Manager at


With support from the US Department of Education Title VI program, the Institute of Latin American Studies awards grants to full time faculty every year for research and other academic activities. Click here to download application and guidelines.


The ILAS Professional Fellows Program provides Latin America focused mid-career professionals with a one-of-a-kind research and learning community at one of the world’s most prestigious universities and within a dynamic city. The Program is designed for professionals from the fields of government, media, non-profit and business. For researchers with a current academic affiliation (e.g., faculty, postdocs, and graduate students) please see above for information about the ILAS Visiting Scholars Program.

While at ILAS, Professional Fellows play an active role in ILAS-sponsored policy forums, brown bag seminars, and other special events. They are also encouraged to participate in the rich programming offered throughout the University as well as pursue other professional interests across the campus.

Fellows also have the opportunity to develop their respective research areas and interests with scholars and faculty throughout Columbia University, such as the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Business School, Law School, and the School of Journalism.

Columbia’s distinguished academic and research institutions creates a perfect learning environment for Professional Fellows to reflect on their careers, exchange perspectives and acquire new skills and contacts. This experience if further enriched by the diverse organizations and events in New York City, which provide unique opportunities for research, networking, and professional advancement.

Program Benefits

As an ILAS Professional Fellow you have the following benefits. 

  • Opportunity to conduct research under the guidance of Columbia’s distinguished experts in the participant’s field of interest
  • Access to various University libraries and other facilities
  • Option to audit courses throughout the University with the permission of the course instructor
  • Opportunity to publicize the results of their research

Program Fee

The program fee for an ILAS Professional Fellow is $10,000 per semester. For those affiliated with a non-profit institution, we offer a discounted rate of $5,000 per semester. Please Note that Professional Fellows are responsible for their own travel and living expenses. In addition to program fees, you will need at least $2800 per month for yourself to cover living expenses. If your family intends to accompany you, an additional $1,000 per month for your spouse and $500 per month per child is required.

Applying To The Program 

Those interested in applying to the Professional Fellows Program, please download an application form which includes full details on requirements.


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but should be submitted at least 3 months prior to desired start date for the ILAS Professional Fellows Program. Please note that the Columbia University semesters go from September to December and January to May.

For further information or questions please contact: 

Esteban Andrade, Program Manager, at

Opportunities for Students


The Jorge Paulo Lemann Fellowship Fund (SIPA)

Created in 2009, this gift from Jorge Paulo Lemann provides fellowships and grants for Brazilian students to study at School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and for SIPA students to study in Brazil. For more information please click here.

The Lemann Foundation Interschool Fellowship

Created in 2013, the Lemann Foundation Interschool Fellowship provides financial aid to students in several of Columbia Master´s programs, including the Mailman School of Public Health, the Graduate School of Journalism, the School of Social Work, School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and the Graduate School of Architecture, Preservation, and Planning (GSAPP). The Lemann Foundation Interschool Fellowship program provides financial assistance to Master’s students with a commitment to social change in Brazil and addressing crucial development challenges such as public health, public policy, and education, among others. The program aims to support the education of students committed to building a stronger, more effective public sector, strengthening corporate social responsibility, and contributing in other innovative ways to cultivate positive social change and economic development in Brazil. The Fellowships are made possible the generosity of Brazilian entrepreneur Jorge Paulo Lemann and the Fundação Lemann (Lemann Foundation). For detailed information about the Fellowship program and the application process please vist our main Lemann Interschool Fellowship Program.

Columbia Lemann Day, April 2016

Columbia Lemann Day, April 2016

Fundação Lemann and Fundacao Estudar

Students from Brazil interested in graduate and undergraduate study in the various schools and departments of Columbia University are well advised to consult with the Fundação Lemann and the Fundação Estudar regarding fellowship opportunities which are available. (


The Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS) at Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University is privileged to receive funding from The Tannenbaum Fund, The ILAS Advisory Board, and the US Department of Education to provide grants and fellowships to Columbia University undergraduate and graduate students. Applicants for admission to graduate studies at Columbia with an emphasis on Latin America are encouraged to consider applying for these prestigious awards:

  • Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS) for Summer and Academic Year
  • Pre-Dissertation Field Research Travel Grant for Summer
  • Graduate Internship Grant for Summer
  • Undergraduate Internship Grant for Summer

The applications and guidelines for the fellowships and grants are here. If you have any questions regarding these fellowship and travel grant programs, please contact Eliza Kwon-Ahn, Student Affairs Coordinator at


Brazil’s Ciências sem Fronteiras scholarship program, or Scientific Mobility program aims to further strengthen Brazilian research and promote international research and collaboration and exchange. The ambitious program provides scholarships and fellowship opportunities for study and research outside Brazil in STEM areas—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—through bilateral higher education agreements with leading international institutions such as Columbia University. Student funding opportunities for Brazilians include support for undergraduate study abroad, visiting doctoral studies, and full PhD degrees.