On May 19, 2011, at the forty-first annual Person of the Year Awards Gala Dinner, the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce officially launched the POY Fellowship Program. Consistent with the Chamber’s mission to foster stronger bilateral ties between Brazil and the United States, this program awards scholarships to exceptional young professionals who are pursuing graduate studies and who demonstrate the distinctive potential to become great leaders within the Brazilian-American community.

The POY Fellowship Program consists of highly selective support scholarships for outstanding students who (1) boast an impressive record of professional leadership and accomplishments; (2) have a background that reflects a grounded and consistent interest in US-Brazil relations; and (3) have already been accepted into a graduate Master’s program (MSc, MA, or MBA) at a highly reputable university.

In order to award these prestigious scholarships to the finest candidates, the Chamber has partnered with top-tier educational institutions that have scholarship programs, or joint-scholarship programs, already in place, such as the Fundação Lemann, and Instituto Ling. Each year these institutions present the Chamber with a number of pre-screened and pre-selected top candidates they feel are best qualified for the scholarship; the Board of Directors of the Chamber, in conjunction with the POY Fellowship Committee, then makes the final decision on which candidates will be awarded with the POY Fellowships, based on a rigorous application and interview process.

Winning recipients of this fellowship are expected to maintain strong ties with the Chamber and remain actively involved in its programs and events.

If you are a graduate student interested in applying for this fellowship, please contact the appropriate department at your university (ie. Latin American Studies or International Business).

If you represent a university and are interested in learning how you and your students may become more involved in the POY Fellowship Program, please contact the Chamber at 212-751-4691 or [email protected]