Brazil Studies Visiting Scholars Program
As part of its growing interest in Brazil, the University of Oklahoma (OU) is proud to announce an innovative Visiting Scholars Program focused on scholars, graduate students, and practitioners working in all areas of Brazil’s social, economic, political, and institutional development. The program will be coordinated and led by Dr. Fabio de Sa e Silva and Dr. Michelle Morais, faculty members at the OU Daiv L. Boren College of International Studies and co-directors of OU’s Brazil Studies Program.
About the Program
A cohort of up to 10 Scholars will be selected for each academic year. These Scholars will have access to OU’s libraries and facilities and will participate in a biweekly “Brazil Studies Forum”, where they will have a chance to present their work-in-progress to peers and receive feedback from OU faculty members. They may also audit up to two classes each semester and be asked to contribute to Brazil-related activities on campus.
- The program fee is US$3,000 per Visiting Scholar per semester. The fee covers expenses with program management, materials and handouts, guest speaker honoraria, receptions, mentoring, certification, and J1 visa-processing services.
- Scholars are eligible to OU housing ($2,813 per person per semester) and meal plans, which should make their stay in Norman extremely affordable.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited for a formal phone interview. Selected candidates will receive an invitation by mid-May (Fall intake) and late-September (Spring intake).
Applications will be received twice a year, by the following deadlines:
- May 11, for candidates who would like to join the program in the Fall
(mid-August to mid-December).
- August 30, for candidates who would like to join the program in the Spring
(late-January to mid-May).
All prospective Visiting Scholars must submit an application form (available here) and the following supporting materials:
- Resume (in English)
- One Letter of Recommendation (in English)
The U.S. State Department requires that OU ensure that visitors’ English language proficiency will permit day-to-day functioning and allow for a productive experience while here. Preference is given to applicants with standardized test scores equivalent to the TOEFL 100/250/600 range.
Applicants with no standardized test scores may instead provide English-proficiency certification from their home institutions. If you are not reporting a test score as part of your application, you may list the name of an institution that will certify your English proficiency if you are selected. Applicants who have completed one or more academic degrees in the Anglo-American world need no certification.
The David L. Boren College of International Studies
The David L. Boren College of International Studies (CIS) was officially created in January 2011 as a reflection of President David Boren’s vision of advancing international educational opportunities for all OU students. Today CIS houses the Dean’s Staff, the academic Department of International and Area Studies, the Office of Education Abroad, the Office of International Student Services, the OU in Arezzo Study Center and a number of other international institutes and centers. Together, these various offices, departments and centers work to provide a range of opportunities for students to learn about the global community in which they live.
- OU community and CIS family
- Global engagement, citizenship and fluency
- Cultural respect and tolerance
- Curiosity and lifelong learning
To be a national center of excellence and innovation for international education.
Our Mission Statement
The mission of the David L.Boren College of International Studies is to expand the OU international experience and develop compassionate, open minded citizens and leaders by enhancing global engagement and educational opportunities.
The Department of International and Area Studies
The Department of International and Area Studies (IAS) offers seven undergraduate degrees to approximately 360 majors and minors, and an MA in International Studies with 40 students enrolled. The Department has 20 full-time faculty with collective research strengths in the areas of development, security, and national identity.
The University of Oklahoma
Founded in 1890, the University of Oklahoma is a public research university located in Norman, Oklahoma just 20 mins. south of Oklahoma City. OU enrolls over 30,000 students and has more than 2700 full-time faculty members in 21 colleges.
The city of Norman is a thriving college town with a population of almost 120,000. Norman is home to a number of annual events that bring the town together to enjoy locally made art, music and food. With a thriving music scene, the Norman Music Festival is held in historic downtown each Spring, featuring artists like Ra Ra Riot, Cloud Nothings and Caleb McGee. Each month, residents can browse shops, art galleries and local restaurants at the Second Friday Art Walk. Campus Corner, located conveniently next to the OU’s Campus, features boutique shopping and delicious restaurants offering a variety of food, including specialty chocolates, authentic Vietnamese food, locally roasted coffee and homemade pasta dishes.
For those who enjoy the great outdoors, Norman boasts a number of parks such as Legacy Trail, where residents can run, walk or bike alongside historic artwork; Sutton Wilderness, a wooded area that is ideal for trail running; or Lion’s Park, where residents are welcome to participate in weekly ‘Yoga in the Park’ classes. Named a Bicycle Friendly City, Norman has a thriving community of cyclists and hosts the annual “Norman Conquest” bike ride. View the artwork of Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet and an impressive collection of Native American art free of charge at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, located on OU’s stunning campus. Also named one of the “Top College Sports Towns” by Forbes magazine, enjoy tailgating and a variety of activities across town on game days!