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Fellowship Program

Final application deadline: July 06th, 2018

Fundação Getulio Vargas’ Rio de Janeiro Law School – FGV DIREITO RIO is pleased to announce the third edition of the Fellows in Rio program. The goal of the program is to support a select group of highly qualified doctoral and post-doctoral scholars working in the area related to the activities of the Masters in Law of Regulation of FGV DIREITO RIO. The program, which will offer two vacancies in 2018, seeks to offer economic and intellectual resources to support insightful and promising young legal scholars all over the world.
The application deadline for Fellows in Rio 2018 is July 06, 2018.


The selection process will follow two stages:

(a) First Stage: Evaluation of documents
i. Curriculum Vitae and/or CV Lattes
ii. Research proposal and/or summary of thesis (maximum 5,000 characters)
iii. List of the proposed activities in FGV Direito Rio (see Item 7 and 8)

(b) Second Stage: Interview
i. Analysis of reference letter
ii. Online or face-to-face interview
FGV Direito Rio will release the final results of the selective process by July 15, 2018.


Applicants may be of any nationality, including Brazilian and should be currently pursuing or have recently completed a doctoral degree in law or a cognate discipline such as history, economics, or political science.


Documents to be submitted:
– Curriculum Vitae and/or CV Lattes
– Research proposal and/or summary of thesis – maximum 5000 characters
– List of the proposed activities at FGV Direito Rio
– Indication of the desired period of the fellowship
To the institutional e-mail (Subject line “Fellows in Rio – candidate’s name”).
Application deadline: July 06, 2018


The 2 (two) candidates approved in the selection process will begin their activities in August
Selected candidates are expected to submit to the Human Resources Department of FGV DIREITO RIO all documents required for the fellowship agreement. Please note that FGV DIREITO RIO will provide assistance and supporting documentation but non-Brazilian candidates will be ultimately responsible for obtaining the appropriate visa and all necessary authorization for living and working in Brazil.
Selected candidates are expected to be at FGV DIREITO RIO during the period of his/her fellowship. Any substantial absences should be agreed with the program’s coordinator.


Fellowship for doctoral candidates: R$ 36.000*, paid in six installments of R$ 6.000. The first installment will be disbursed in advance to cover moving and settlement expenses.
Fellowship for doctors: R$ 45.000**, paid in six installments of R$ 7.500. The first installment will be disbursed in advance to cover moving and settlement expenses.
*At the currency rate of Tuesday, 05th of July 2018, R$ 36,000 correspond to approx. US$ 9,500
** At the currency rate of Tuesday, 05th of July 2018, R$ 45,000 correspond to approx. US$ 12,000


–Both Fellowships for the academic semester between the beginning/middle of August 2018 and the end of December 2018 (second semester).


This year, candidates must necessarily be associated to the activities of the LLM in Regulatory Law, being one of the researchers selected for the Project “Consumers an Alternative Dispute Resolution”, and the other one for the “Big Data Project for Sustainable Urban Development” presented in more detail in the last item of this call.

Fellows shall elaborate a Work Plan describing the activities he/she expects to develop throughout the semester and their respective deadlines.
Fellows will participate and present their work in faculty research seminar series and workshops developed by FGV DIREITO RIO.

In addition, Fellows will also have the opportunity to: (i) deliver lectures (undergraduate or graduate levels) on a subject of their interest; (ii) promote professional coaching for students of the undergraduate and masters programs; (iii) orient, tutor or participate in the evaluation of Final Projects of undergraduate students, as well as help the mediation between academic institutions and the market; (iv) join ongoing research projects or engage in collaborative research with FGV DIREITO RIO professors; (v) offer short (10h) or long (30h-60h) term courses in English to FGV DIREITO RIO students; (vi) cooperate in the activities of the LLM in Regulatory Law.



Ensuring the population’s access to justice requires that the jurisdiction be directed to make decisions based on fairness and that they be rendered in a reasonable time. A great number of repetitive demands are presented to the Judiciary of Brazil, which generates a process overflow. There are more processes today than judges can appreciate. The focus of the research is to study alternative mechanisms of conflict resolution in litigation involving consumer relations with a focus on efficiency analysis. The issue of conflicts arising from consumer relations was chosen because they represent, quantitatively, one of the main issues that are brought to Brazilian magistrates.


The Project Big Data for Urban Sustainable Development is a replicable and scalable pilot project on big data governance in the cities of São Paulo (Brazil), Miraflores (Peru), Montevideo (Uruguai), Quito (Ecuador) and Xalapa (Mexico). The project will build the data governance fundamentals required for massive data analysis, test monitoring and forecasting systems such as mobility and climate change, and develop estimates of the results and return on investments made to transform cities into smart cities.

Submit an application if you:
– are interested in spending 6 – 12 months working in the IDB project “Big Data for Urban Sustainable Development” in the field of climate protection and climate-related resource conservation within the participant cities;
– are developing research centered in solutions to climate change focused on local government and big data analytic;
– are familiar with data analytic in the public sector;
You will have the opportunity to have contact with ground team in five cities in Latina America and develop strategies and solutions for climate change using big data analytic;
We expect the fellow to develop innovative solutions to address climate change issues within local governments using big data analytic.