Brazil Center Previous Programs
CAPES–University of Texas Research Program
The University of Texas at Austin and the Brazilian Ministry of Education (MEC) entered into a cooperative agreement in 2000 to support collaborative research and training between Brazilian universities and UT. The initiative was intended to encourage institutional linkages for research initiatives. The program ran through 2008.
The competition was open to the following University of Texas System institutions:
- The University of Texas at Austin
- The University of Texas El Paso
- The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
- The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
Priority was given to proposals in the social sciences, earth sciences, environmental sciences, technology, engineering and information sciences, and health sciences.
CAPES-UT awards funded only Brazilian partner universities for their part in collaborative research. University of Texas stakeholders did not receive funds under this agreement and sought counterpart funding in their departments and from traditional sources, such as government programs and public or private foundations.
Rio Branco Visiting Chair
The Rio Branco Chair was one result of the cooperative agreement between the Brazilian Ministry of Education (MEC) and the University of Texas at Austin. The chair was established to bring a renowned Brazilian professor or lecturer to the university each academic year. The main objectives of the Instituto Rio Branco Visiting Chair were to:
- encourage the study of and research on Brazil in internationally renowned universities;
- contribute to the further professionalization of Brazilian scholars who are intellectual leaders in the humanities and social sciences;
- foster contemporary, scholarly research and teaching on the dynamics of Brazilian society at major institutions of higher learning in the U.S.;
- strengthen the academic tradition of Brazilian studies in centers of higher education, by facilitating the contribution of Brazilian specialists to new and ongoing research;
- assist and guide research projects on Brazil at the universities hosting the Instituto Rio Branco Visiting Chair; and
- foster scholarly discussion and debate on Brazilian issues throughout the United States.
The Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento do Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES) nominated Professor Pedro Luiz Barros Silva to be the 2000–2001 holder of the Instituto Rio Branco Visiting Chair in Brazilian Studies. While at UT, Professor Barros Silva taught the graduate seminar The State, Government, and Public Policy in Contemporary Brazil. In addition, he participated in the seminar Decentralization of Social Policy in Latin America: The State of Affairs and Prospects for the Future. The seminar was cosponsored by the Brazil Center, the Mexican Center, the Center for Latin American Social Policy (CLASPO) of LLILAS, and the InterAmerican Policy Studies Program at the LBJ School of Public Affairs.
Writer- and Artist-in-Residence Programs
The Brazil Center hosted innovative and prestigious writers and artists at UT from 1996–2009 with the support of the Brazilian Ministry of Culture and the Brazil-based Vitae Foundation. The objective of the Brazilian Writer- and Artist-in-Residence Program is to enhance Brazilian studies at the University of Texas through public lectures and workshops, enrich creative life on campus, and educate the university community and general public about Brazilian art and literature.
Visitors included well-known novelists, journalists, painters and filmmakers, who visited UT from two to four weeks. This provides students and faculty the opportunity to interact with highly respected professionals in their fields. The Brazil Center’s Leitorado, the Vitae Foundation, and another academic unit at the University of Texas funded the program collaboratively each year.
The Fundação Iberê Camargo supported an Artist-in-Residence to spend three months at the University of Texas at Austin, hosted by the Brazil Center, the Blanton Museum of Art, and the Creative Research Lab. Emerging artists Vijay Patchineelam and Leticia Cardoso were awarded the residency in 2008 and 2009, respectively.
U.S.-Brazil Higher Education Consortia Program
The University of Texas has been awarded four grants through the U.S.-Brazil Higher Education Consortia Program (U.S.-Brazil Program), an initiative of the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), U.S. Department of Education, and the Fundação Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessol de Nivel Superior (CAPES), Brazilian Ministry of Education. The purpose of the program is to promote student exchange and training opportunities in a wide range of academic and professional disciplines, and to offer students financial support for the experience abroad.
At UT, the U.S.-Brazil Program has funded four programs with nine university partners in Brazil. These include:
Consortium for Cooperation in Civil and Environmental Engineering Technologies (2003-2008)
Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio)
Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE)
U.S.-Brazil Sustainability Consortium (2003-2008)
Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS)
Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná (UTFPR)
Environmental Responsibility Consortium (2002-2007)
Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS)
Universidade Federal do Pará (UFPA)
Bilateral Consortium in Social Science and Public Policy (2001-2006)
Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp)
Fundação Getulio Vargas-São Paulo (FGV)
Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE)