Princeton Brazil Global Fellows

Princeton + the University of São Paulo (USP)

Brazil is closely watched and highly influential in the health policy arena. The Princeton Brazil Global Fellows program (PBGF) supports outstanding Princeton undergraduate and graduate students who seek to participate in international research and experiential learning opportunities between Princeton and the University of São Paulo. 

Areas of Inquiry

Interdisciplinary by nature, PBGF students research the complex factors that drive health and science policy-making internationally, and take a people-centered approach to how health, illness and care are experienced on the ground. Topics of emphasis include:

  • Health inequalities
  • Controversies over access to medicines
  • Debates over the principles and practicalities of the country’s constitutional right to health
  • Social and environmental determinants that impact chronic conditions such as mental illness, diabetes and respiratory disease

Program Experience


PBGF unites undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty in the study of global health, health policy and the anthropology of medicine and health. Through spirited exchange and mentorship across disciplines, generations and continents, the program brings global health to life.

Summer Research

Each student develops an original research project in an area of their interest, in collaboration with Professor João Biehl and the Princeton Brazil Global Fellows support team. Funding and a USP faculty mentor for each student will be arranged.

Alex Junn


Fellows may have the opportunity to travel to Brazil during spring recess to meet with potential faculty mentors and to lay the foundations for their project. Expenses for this exploratory visit will also be covered by PBGF.

2015-2016 Princeton Brazil Global Fellows

Undergraduate Fellows
  • Safraz Hamid ’17 (Molecular Biology, Certificate in Global Health and Health Policy)
  • Emily Chen ’17 (Civil and Environmental Engineering, Certificate in German Language and Culture)
  • Monica Magalhaes ’17 (Psychology, Certificate in Global Health and Health Policy; Gender and Sexuality Studies)
Graduate Fellows

Alexandra Middleton-Anthropology


View prior years' fellows and learn more about PBGF student and faculty research.

How to Apply

Applications are due in January 15, 2017 by 5pm for 2017 Summer Research. Please email project administrator Lindsay Woodrick for more information and a program application.

Learn More

Joao Biehl

Program Director

João Biehl
Professor of Anthropology

Project Administrator & Contact
Email: Lindsay Woodrick

PBGF Resources

Program overview
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