To help establish a rich body of knowledge about Brazil and empower the next generation of Brazilian leaders who wish to facilitate change in our country, we are committed to supporting research centers and to offering scholarships to some of the finest universities in the world.
Through our work with university partners, we’ve supported more than 25 research projects, supported over 400 people with scholarships through our Lemann Fellowship program and established four Brazilian centers promoting research, opportunities and the exchange of knowledge between Brazil and some of the best universities in the world.
Our founder, Jorge Paulo Lemann, was himself a graduate of Harvard University—in 1961, he completed his bachelor’s in economics from the college and went on to donate to Harvard as an individual many years before the Lemann Foundation officially partnered with it in 2002. Today, we offer Brazilians undergraduate scholarships to Harvard University as well as graduate scholarships in the areas of education, government and public health. We additionally provide doctorate scholarships to Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences for projects related to Brazil and support the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) as well as the production of research related to Brazil through the Harvard Lemann Brazil Research Fund.
Through the Lemann Center for Educational Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Brazil, we offer master’s and doctorate scholarships for Brazilians at Stanford’s Graduate School of Education. We also support the Visiting Fellows program and research by professors Eric Bettinger, Martin Carnoy, Rachel Lotan and David Plank.
At Columbia University, we provide master’s scholarships to Brazilians in areas such as political and economic development, the environment, human rights, public health and journalism. Established in 2001, this Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies was created to offer a place for scholars and students to pursue and share research and scholarship on Brazil. Further, through our partnership with Columbia Entrepreneurship, we accelerate university innovation projects, run the Start-Ed Challenge and collaborate with Columbia Senior Fellow for Entrepreneurship Steve Blank to support the participation of Brazilians in the Lean Startup Bootcamp.
Teachers College, Columbia University
Through a direct partnership with Teachers College at Columbia University, we offer scholarships for Brazilians pursuing a master`s in areas including curriculum, education, leadership and psychology. This partnership focuses on the role of schools in education policy and prepares Brazilian educators to coordinate educational, psychological, behavioral, technological and health initiatives related to ensuring student learning. We also support the Visiting Fellows program, which prepares education leaders with greater experience.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
To candidates committed to dedicating their career to impacting education in Brazil, we offer master’s and doctoral scholarships to any of MIT’s five university schools. We also support seed funds for projects focused on educational policies and technologies. In addition, with MIT Media Lab, we conduct the Lemann Creative Learning Program, which fosters the implementation of innovative solutions to make education in Brazil more collaborative, meaningful and fun.
In the U.K., we offer master’s degrees in public policies at Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government (BSG). We also support the Lemann Visiting Fellows Program of Practice, which offers Brazilians with a professional and academic background a period of study, reflection and conversation with BSG scholars and students.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
Established in 2009, the Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies promotes teaching and research about Brazil by faculty and students at Illinois and their Brazilian counterparts, who take advantage of the extensive resources available at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Building on long-standing collaboration with Brazilian scholars in economics and agriculture, as well as nearly a half-century of teaching and research in Brazilian literature and history, the Institute fosters knowledge and understanding of Brazil across disciplines and colleges. For the development of final theses related to Brazil, we offer master’s and doctorate scholarships in all areas of the university, and we support the Lemann Chair of Brazilian History.
The Lemann Foundation supports the Maurice R. Greenberg World Fellows Program, which enables extraordinary individuals at more advanced stages of their career, from across the globe and from diverse disciplines, to increase their capacity to make their country a better place. Each year, the Program selects 16 World Fellows to spend four months together in residence at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, to grow intellectually, share knowledge, strengthen skills and expand networks.. We also support the Brazil-Yale Partnership for Global Health, a partnership with the Medical School of USP Ribeirão Preto at the University of São Paulo that promotes scientific knowledge, international collaboration and the development of young Brazilian scientists through research and collaborative training.
University of Southern California (USC)
For young Brazilian social entrepreneurs who wish to study at USC, we offer graduate scholarships in social entrepreneurship, giving these students the tools they need to return to Brazil to create sustainable enterprises and promote change in our country. We also finance the Lemann Chair in Entrepreneurship at the college’s Marshall School of Business.