Duke Brazil Initiative

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The Duke Brazil Initiative (DBI) seeks to support faculty and student research exchanges with Brazilian universities and research centers, organize an annual Brazil studies conference at Duke, engage alumni to participate in Brazi-related programming, and develop a long-term strategy for Brazil Studies at Duke. Its objectives are:

  • To broaden exposure to, and build deeper connections with Brazil (especially our alumni) in line with strategic goals of the university.
  • To support innovative two-way faculty and student exchanges that foster new academic and policy research while establishing new courses and experiential learning opportunities for our students.
  • To develop long‐standing strategic partnerships across disciplines and university units aimed at creating targeted collaborations resulting in newly funded research programs.
  • To bring leading Brazilian scholars, public officials and artists to Duke to share their insights with our university community through lectures, classroom visits, exhibitions, and artistic exchanges that involve the Duke and wider Triangle community.

The DBI also offers funding for undergraduates, graduate and professional students, and faculty members conducting research projects related to Brazil.


The DBI was founded in 2013 and serves as the main administrative unit coordinating and representing faculty and student interest in Brazil across 7 distinct schools at Duke (the Graduate School, the Sanford School of Public Policy, Fuqua School of Business, the Medical School, Law, Engineering, and the Nicholas School of the Environment). The initiative is funded by the Office of Global Affairs and receives administrative support from the Duke Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies.