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The BRICS Policy Center, located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is accepting applications for Visiting Fellows to conduct research on topics related to the Center’s activities.   Fellows will stay in Rio de Janeiro during the time of the fellowship (maximum 01 month; dates are flexible but the fellowship must take place between the following dates: November 2012 – December 2012 or February 2013 - May 2013) and will be provided with a stipend and a working space at the Center.


The BRICS Policy Center is a think tank established in Rio de Janeiro in 2010 through a partnership between the city’s municipal government and the Institute of International Relations at the Pontifical Catholic University (PUC-Rio).  The center has five research teams working on the following topics relevant to Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa: International Politics and the Multilateral Agenda; Development, Commerce, Finance and Investment; Technical Cooperation and Science & Technology; Urban Development and Sustainability; and Economic and Political Analysis (for more information, please see below, or visit our website: http://www.bricspolicycenter.org/).  In addition to producing publications on these themes, the center organizes regular events (workshops, colloquia, lectures and seminars) to debate relevant topics. 


•    Fellows are expected to reside in Rio de Janeiro for a maximum of 1 month. The program should end no later than May 30th  2013. Each Fellow will collaborate with one of the five thematic research groups at the center to produce publications and participate in related events such as colloquia and workshops.  The Center will provide each fellow with a working space (including a desktop computer and internet connection) at its historic headquarters, the Affonso Arinos House.  The BPC is located in Botafogo, a dynamic neighborhood and major transportation hub in Rio’s South Zone.

•    The BRICS Policy Center will cover the costs of the airfare to/from Rio de Janeiro and a stipend of R$7.500,00 Brazilian reais/month.  This amount should cover accommodation, local transportation and food expenses during your stay in Rio. Fellows are responsible for finding their own accommodations, although the BPC staff may be able to assist them in securing housing.

•    During the program, fellows are expected to give lectures at the Center (themes and formats will be defined after the fellows arrival, based on their suggestions as well as BPC's requests) and other events. And also, to produce, in collaboration with the chosen research group, Policy Briefs, academic pappers and/or book chapters. Due dates will be defined in advance or upon arrival. Cadidates are expected to meet the stablished deadline.

•    Fellows must dedicate themselves exclusively to BPC research projects during the period of the program.

•    It’s important that you arrive in Brazil with an international health insurance covering the entire period of your stay.

•     Fellows are responsible for obtaining the Brazilian visa through their local consulate or embassy. To obtain the visa, fellows must first send us all information required for completing the visa documentation. Kindly do this as soon as possible after being approved by the program. We will send you a list of details we must have in order to issue a “Letter of Invitation” for the visa.

•    Fellows are responsible for finding their own accommodation.

•    Cancellation policy: BPC reserves the right to cancel the fellowship program at any time. Regardless of the payment conditions required by the company and/or hotel when choosing your accommodation in Rio.


•    Residency: Be a resident or former resident of one of the following: Russia, India, China, or South Africa;

•    Language: Have working language of either English or Portuguese and be able to both write and collaborate with local scholars in one of those two languages;

•    Education: Have earned a Doctorate from an accredited university or professional school (exceptional doctoral candidates may be considered if the proposed project is part of the thesis project);

•    Experience: Have prior research and/or professional experience in a theme related to the proposed project.



1- Project proposal;

2- The completed and signed application form (click here);

3- A curriculum vitae (resumé), in Portuguese or English;

4- 2(two) letters of recommendation from sources familiar with the applicant’s research and professional record;

5- Writing sample: past publication or manuscript (in English or Portuguese), preferably on a theme relevant to the proposed project.


NOTE: Finalists will be contacted for an interview via telephone or Skype. 

Click here to access the Fellows Program FAQ.

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