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Brazil Initiative

The Brazil Initiative at LACS is a university-wide initiative to promote research, teaching, and activities about Brazil, and to enhance collaborations with Brazilian institutions and colleagues.

Led by University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman, a delegation of top U-M scientists, scholars and administrators traveled to Brazil in September 2012 to strengthen collaborations throughout the nation. As a result of these talks, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies submitted a proposal to carry out a set of projects, developed in working meetings with Brazilian colleagues. The Office of the President approved this proposal, funding these activities under the rubric of the Brazil Initiative.

The Brazil Initiative at LACS comprises intersecting networks organized on supporting the arts and celebrating the culture; collaboration on advancing science research; advancing tolerance, equality, and human rights; and disseminating knowledge through translation.

Historian Simone Kropf (Fiocruz) discusses the role of the University of Michigan and the Brazil-United States Institute (Instituto Brasil-Estados Unidos, Ibeu) in fostering educational and cultural exchanges between the two countries in the 1930s and 40s. Professor Kropf conducted much of the research for this project at the University of Michigan when she was a Brazil Initiative Visiting Researcher in 2017-2018. 

Click here or on the image to read the article (written in Portuguese) »

New Internship Program in Brazil

Starting Winter 2019, the RC and the Brazil Initiative at the Center for Latin American Studies are proud to announce the launch of the Social Justice/Community Engagement Internships in Brazil Program for students with skills in Portuguese or advanced Spanish. Learn more »

Brazil Initiative Scholarship for Portuguese Language Studies

The Brazil Initiative at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies is pleased to offer scholarships of $500 - $1,000 for Portuguese language study at U-M. To learn more and apply »


For more information, contact:

Bebete Martins, Brazil Initiative Program Manager
Phone: 734.763-0553

To make a donation to the Brazil Initiative at LACS, please visit our donate page or email