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Preparing the Next Generation of Brazil’s Leaders

At the Lemann Foundation, part of our mission is to equip Brazil’s leaders with the tools and opportunities they need to drive social change. Many of Brazil’s young leaders are brimming with potential, but they often lack the knowledge, resources, and networks to generate significant nationwide impact.

To address this issue and develop the next generation of Brazil’s leaders, we have partnered with some of the world’s most storied colleges and universities to create scholarships and research fellowships for young, civic-minded Brazilians.

Lemann Foundation Scholarship Programs

Lemann Fellowships

Young Brazilian leaders are currently completing Lemann Fellowships at some of the top colleges and universities in the world.

Ponte de Talentos

The Lemann Foundation has partnered with EducationUSA and Voxy to help low-income Afro-Brazilian and indigenous students pursue graduate degrees in the United States.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The Lemann Foundation has joined forces with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to provide full scholarships for Afro-Brazilian graduate students to study subjects such as education, public health, and public administration.

Through these programs and public sector knowledge exchange programs like the Education Talent Network and the Health Talent Network, the Lemann Foundation has helped prepare over 700 young Brazilians to lead the journey to make Brazil a more just and equitable place.

Partner Universities

  • Columbia University

    We provide scholarships to Brazilian students interested in pursuing master’s degrees at Columbia in areas such as environmental studies, journalism, political and economic development, and public health. Columbia’s Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies was created in 2001 as a place for students and scholars to pursue Brazil-related research topics.
    Through a direct partnership with Columbia’s Teachers College, we also offer scholarships for Brazilians pursuing master’s degrees in areas such as education, leadership, and psychology. This program focuses on the role of schools in shaping education policy and prepares Brazilian educators to manage various behavioral, educational, psychological, and technological aspects that bear upon student learning.

  • Harvard University

    Our founder’s alma mater, Harvard, became an official Lemann Foundation partner in 2002. Since then, we have offered undergraduate scholarships, as well as graduate scholarships for Brazilians interested in studying education, government, or public health. We also provide doctoral scholarships to Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences for projects related to Brazil and support the university’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies and the Harvard Lemann Brazil Research Fund.

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

    We offer master’s and doctoral scholarships to any of MIT’s five constituent schools for students dedicated to improving education in Brazil. We also support seed funds for projects focused on educational policies and technologies. Additionally, in conjunction with the MIT Media Lab, the Lemann Creative Learning Program fosters the implementation of innovative solutions that make education in Brazil more collaborative, meaningful, and fun.

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)

    Established in 2009, the Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies at UIUC promotes teaching and research about Brazil by both faculty and students. Building on a long-standing collaboration with Brazilian scholars on subjects such as agriculture, economics, and Brazilian literature and history, the Lemann Institute fosters cross-disciplinary knowledge and understanding of Brazil. In addition to supporting UIUC’s Lemann Chair of Brazilian History, we offer master’s and doctoral scholarships for projects related to Brazil across all areas of the university.

  • University of Oxford

    We offer scholarships for master’s degrees in public policy at Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government (BSG). We also support the Lemann Visiting Fellows Program of Practice, which provides Brazilians of professional and academic backgrounds with a period of study, reflection, and conversation with BSG scholars and students.

  • University of Southern California (USC)

    We offer graduate scholarships in social entrepreneurship for young Brazilians who wish to study at USC, giving these students the tools they need to return to Brazil and create sustainable enterprises that promote social change throughout the country. We also support the Lemann Chair in Entrepreneurship at the university’s Marshall School of Business.

  • Stanford University

    The Lemann Center for Educational Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Brazil offers master’s and doctoral scholarships for Brazilians studying at Stanford’s Graduate School of Education. We also support the university’s Visiting Fellows program and research conducted by professors Eric Bettinger, Martin Carnoy, Rachel Lotan, and David Plank.