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The John and Clarice Scarritt Fund

The Scarritt Fund in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies has been established by Clarice and John A. Scarritt ‘73, P‘09 to support trips to Brazil by Brown undergraduates for the purpose of conducting research for theses and participating in internships. Priority is given to Portuguese and Brazilian Studies concentrators and to non-concentrators who have demonstrated a commitment to Portuguese and Brazilian Studies through coursework and participation in departmental activities. For more information, please contact Professors Patricia Sobral and /or Luiz F. Valente

Application for Scarrit Fund [PDF]


The following projects have been supported by the Scarritt Fund:


An investigation of Rio de Janeiro’s NGOs that teach dance, film, theater, digital production, and other arts to young people from Rio’s poorest and most violent neighborhoods with the goal of assessing how dynamic artist expression , often viewed as an apolitical luxury of the First World, may play a central role in development. This research resulted into an honors thesis in Development Studies presented in December’07.


An examination of public opinion and popular responses to the violence that currently plagues the city of Rio de Janeiro through a series of interviews with academics, NGO leaders and the Commission on Human Rights of the Order of Brazilian Lawyers (OAB). This research became part of an honors thesis in Latin American Studies presented in May’08.


Internship with the “Cinema Nosso” NGO in Rio de Janeiro, which uses film to connect poor urban youth to training in media skills and access to the arts job market.


Through collaboration with the Brazilian NGO Cinema Nosso, Hope High School and Brown University, Harrison and Yarbrough will develop a series of workshops to provide basic technical skills in audio-visual work to at-risk youth in Rio de Janeiro while exploring storytelling through film as a method for engaging and empowering them to pursue their own social and educational development. The ultimate goal is to produce a documentary based on Cinema Nosso’s impact on their lives.


Travelled to Rio de Janeiro in January 2009 in order to try her hand as a freelance journalist. The result was an approximately thousand-word business article published in the Miami Herald on January 26, 2009.


Travelled to Rio de Janeiro to spend the summer of 2009 interning at the Instituto de Estudos do Trabalho and Sociedade (Institute for the Study of Labor and Society), a multi-disciplinary non-profit organization known for its research on poverty and social inequality. IETS serves as a connection between academic research, public policy, the private sector and non-governmental organizations.


Participated in an internship at Adami Advogados Associados, in Rio de Janeiro, an internationally acclaimed law firm committed to human rights, civil rights, racial equality, workers’ rights and the environment.


Participated in a research internship with Conectas Direitos Humanos, in São Paulo. Conectas sponsors visits to Brazil by human rights activists from Angola, Mozambique, Guinea Bissau and Cape Verde. Joshua worked directly with the Conectas exchange program, while also pursuing research of his own design, presented as a culmination of his internship project.


Participated in an engineering internships with Metalfran, a company in Volta Reddonda, Brazil, which specializes in making structures from metal, aluminum, steel and glass for such companies and Peugeot, Volkswagen and regional Brazilian hotels. Francisco worked directly with the CEO, helping plan, budget and organize projects, while also assisting with the manufacturing of products. He aso observed other fields of engineering at a local technical school.


Travelled to Salvador and Rio de Janeiro with the African-American Baptist Church of Brown University as neutral observers to Brazilian culture and society. They observed how ethnic diversity within the community, and differences in religion and culture have resulted in differential development of the community. Interacted with communities of different faiths (Baptist, Candomble, Umbanda, Catholic, etc.) and investigated contemporary racial definition conditions within religious institutions. Their work included visiting religious institutions such as Rosário dos Pretos, Igreja de Batista de Garça de Esperanca, Igreja Universal do Reino de Deus, Igreja Batista de Itapoã, Igreja de Batista de Ipanema and cultural events such as the Lavagem do Bonfim.


Spent three months in Rio de Janeiro interning with Catalytic Communities, a nonprofit that works to train, assist, and advocate for community leaders and entrepreneurs within the city's favelas, and reported his observations on the RioOnWatch website.