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Brazil Initiative Scholarship for Portuguese Language Studies

Application deadlines:

Students enrolled in LACS 490/RomLang 400 in Summer 2021 (Portuguese for the Professions), must apply by Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Students enrolled in 101, 231, or 280 in the fall term must apply by Wednesday, September 15, 2021.

Students enrolled in 281 in the winter term must apply by Friday, January 21, 2022.

Online application form »

Eligibility Criteria

Open to all U-M undergraduate students studying the Portuguese language at the University of Michigan.

  • $250 scholarships are available on a competitive basis for students who enroll in, complete, and pass LACS 490 or RomLang 400 (Portuguese for the Professions) in Summer 2021.
     
  • $1000 scholarships are available on a competitive basis for students who enroll in, complete, and pass the full sequence of Port 101 in Fall and Port 102 in Winter.

  • $1000 scholarships are available on a competitive basis for students who enroll in, complete, and pass the full sequence of Port 231 in Fall and Port 232 in Winter.

  • $500 scholarships are available for students who enroll in, complete, and pass Port 280 in Fall 2021; $500 scholarships are available for students who enroll in, complete and pass Port 281 in Winter 2022 (Students who take both 280 and 281 may apply for and receive both scholarships.) 
     
  • Students may apply for and receive this scholarship more than once.

  • Students receiving FLAS support for the academic year 2021/2022 are not eligible.

Selection Criteria

The Brazil Initiative is seeking to augment undergraduate students’ opportunities to study and eventually travel to Brazil via early exposure to Portuguese language training.  Hence scholarship winners are selected on the basis of how well the study of Brazil fits into their overall academic and career goals.

  • Priority will be given to applicants who have not previously received a Brazil Initiative Scholarship for Portuguese Language Study.
  • Priority will be given to students in their first and second years at the university.  
  • Priority will be given to applicants for 280 and the 101/102 sequence.
  • For applicants to the 231/232 sequence, priority will be given to those who submitted an application for a FLAS undergraduate fellowship but did not receive one.

Scholarship Disbursement

For $250 scholarships, students must complete and pass LACS 490 or RomLang 400 (Portuguese for the Professions). 

For $1000 scholarships, students must complete and pass both courses in their sequence of Port 101/102 or Port 213/232.  No partial scholarships will be awarded.

For $500 scholarships, students must complete and pass Port 280 or Port 281.

Scholarships will be disbursed to students upon successful completion of the final term in their sequence after grades have been submitted and evaluated.

How to Apply

Applicants must:

  1. Complete and submit the online application form;

  2. Upload a 1-2 page statement that clearly explains why you want to study Portuguese and how this fits into your longer-term goals;

  3. For continuing U-M students, additionally, submit a U-M transcript (unofficial copies are fine).  

Application Deadlines

Deadlines:

Students enrolled in Portuguese for the Professions must apply by July 7, 2021.

Students enrolled in 101, 231, or 280 in the Fall term must apply by September 15, 2021.

Students enrolled in 281 in the Winter term must apply by January 21, 2022.

Notifications

Students will be notified 1-2 weeks after the application deadline.

Questions?

Students with questions about their eligibility for the scholarship are encouraged to contact the Brazil Initiative at lacs.office@umich.edu