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Established by Brazilian entrepreneur Jorge Paulo Lemann, the Lemann Fellowship promotes student exchange between Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and Brazil. The Lemann Fellowship fund provides support to students with a deep interest in the overall advancement of Brazil, through their past, present, and future educational and professional experience.

Lemann Foundation and Columbia University: Stronger Brazil



Established in 2009, the Jorge Paulo Lemann Fund fosters educational exchange between Columbia University and Brazil. The Lemann Fund provides support to Brazilian students who wish to study at SIPA, and for students with a deep interest in the overall advancement of Brazil, through their past, present, and future educational and professional experience. It also supports the research interests of SIPA’s faculty and students.

Brazil is the fifth largest nation and one of the world’s fastest-growing economies, alongside Russia, India, and China. By enabling SIPA to enroll the best and brightest students from Brazil and those interested in studying in Brazil, the Lemann Fund helps SIPA meet the growing demand for Brazilian thought leaders and policymakers.

The Lemann Fund also strengthens Columbia University’s research, teaching, and discussion of Latin America. The Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS) is one of the nation’s foremost centers in the field. Within ILAS, the Center for Brazilian Studies serves as a key focal point for students and faculty with an interest in Brazil.

Jorge Paulo Lemann

Jorge Paulo Lemann was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University in 1961.

In 1971, Mr. Lemann and three partners founded the Brazilian investment banking firm Banco Garantia, which Mr. Lemann helped build into one of Brazil's most prestigious and innovative investment banks. Forbes described it as "a Brazilian version of Goldman Sachs."

Mr. Lemann and his partners later purchased control of a Brazilian brewery that eventually became AmBev. In 2004, AmBev merged with Interbrew of Belgium to become InBev, one of the world’s largest beverage producers. InBev later merged with U.S.-based Anheuser-Busch.

Mr. Lemann serves on the boards of Lojas Americanas S.A., the Gillette Company, and the Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd. He is chairman of the Latin American Advisory Committee of the New York Stock Exchange and a member of the International Advisory Boards for Credit Suisse Group and DaimlerChrysler. Mr. Lemann also is a backer of 3G Capital, which in 2010 purchased the fast-food chain Burger King.

Mr. Lemann is a director for the Brazil office of Endeavor, an international nonprofit development organization that finds and supports high-impact entrepreneurs in emerging markets.


Students who apply to SIPA for the following full-time programs may be considered for a Lemann Fellowship if granted admission: MIA/MPA (fall-semester admission), and PEPM/PESP (summer-semester admission). 

Students awarded the Lemann Fellowship upon admission to SIPA will have it renewed for their second year as long as they continue to make satisfactory academic progress by the end of their second semester.

Lemann Fellowships are awarded upon admission and it is not possible to apply for it for the second year of study.