Recipients of Brazil Initiation Scholarships (BIS)
The Brazil Initiation Scholarship (BIS) is a key component of BRASA’s agenda to expand Brazilian Studies in the United States. 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. This scholarship targets aspiring Brazilianists with relatively little or no experience in Brazil. Students are encouraged to combine this scholarship with other grants or awards.
Must complete a 6-week to 3-month long exploratory trip to Brazil that is intended to to heighten the student’s interest in Brazil, and deepen his/her commitment to Brazilian studies in the United States.
Highest priority will be given to applicants who are outstanding college seniors, recent college graduates applying to graduate programs in Brazilian studies or in Latin American studies with the intent of focusing on Brazil, or new graduate students already focusing on Brazil.
Students from all disciplines in the humanities and social sciences are eligible. In exceptional cases, applications from the natural sciences will be given consideration (for example, someone in environmental sciences who is writing a dissertation on the Amazon or pollution in São Paulo and who plans to continue research on Brazil).
Preference will be given to those applicants who have little or no in-country experience in Brazil. A student requesting funding to undertake an exploratory research trip should present evidence at the time of the application that he/she has achieved at least an intermediate level of competence in the Portuguese language sufficient to carry out the proposed research. Successful applicants may combine BIS with other grants, scholarships, or awards, as long as he/she specifies clearly how the funds are going to be spent.
Applicants are required to be BRASA members at the time of submission.
A complete application (partial applications will not be considered) will include the following documents:
- The application cover page (download form)
- A two-page prospectus (double spaced, 12-point font)
- A two-page résumé or CV;
- A budget specifying how the $1500 will be spent
- In the case of undergraduates or recent college graduates, a letter of intent to study Brazil in graduate school
- A two-page bibliography on the subject of study, and evidence that the applicant has achieved at least an intermediate level of competence in Portuguese (competence can be demonstrated by a transcript or a letter from a university instructor of Portuguese)
- Proof of membership in BRASA
- Two letters of recommendation from professors
- Copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts