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Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies
Established in 2001, the Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies was created to offer a place for scholars and students to pursue and share research and scholarship on Brazil. Learn about our academic mission:
Our Academic Mission
The center promotes collaborations between the Columbia community and Brazilian scholars and institutions, working closely with Columbia University Global Center Rio de Janeiro. In addition to our own original research, we support other Columbia faculty research with a focus on Brazil. The Global Center Rio de Janeiro has recently published a report on Columbia Brazil History, which contains a collection of articles written by Columbia students on the history of relationships between Columbia University iand Brazil.
Our rich programming includes sponsored seminars and lectures on contemporary and historical aspects of Brazil, including culture, economics, and politics. The center serves as a regular forum for lectures and conferences by visiting Brazilian academics, government officials, business leaders, political actors, and representatives of civil society.
We organize regular courses for graduates and undergraduates focused on Brazil, including courses on economic and political development, as well as a variety of other topics—history, education, sustainable development, gender studies, and public security, among others.
The center provides travel grant opportunities for students to engage in research and internships in Brazil. And our Lemann Fellowship program aims to contribute to accelerating positive social change in Brazil by providing financial assistance to master’s students with commitments to addressing development challenges such as public health and education. For prospective Brazilian students, we have created a guide to applying to graduate programs at Columbia University in Portuguese.
We administer three programs for visiting scholars: the Lemann Visiting Public Policy Fellows Program, the Visiting Scholars Program and Professional Fellows programs. For a list of current fellows, please visit our Visiting Scholars and Fellows page.
Support the Center
The Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies and its initiatives are made possible by the generosity of our donors. We are especially grateful to Brazilian entrepreneur Jorge Paulo Lemann and the Lemann Foundation for their dedication and support of Brazilian studies at Columbia.