Launched in 2011, the Person of the Year Fellowship Program is an excellence award program that grants scholarships to outstanding young Brazilian professionals who have been accepted to top-tier graduate programs in the United States and who demonstrate the potential to become significant leaders within the Brazilian-American community and make meaningful contributions to society. Proceeds from the POY Gala are used to support the Chamber’s Fellowship Program.

The Person of the Year Fellowship Program is conducted in partnership with Instituto Ling and Lemann Foundation, who help the Chamber identify those candidates who are most likely to make a meaningful contribution. The Program has awarded 95 students with Fellowship since its inception.

New York - MAY 15, 2018 - The Person of the Year Awards Dinner at Museum of Natural History, New York.

Becoming a POY Fellow

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 Brazil-US relations; and
(3) have already been accepted to 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, including Fundação Lemann and Instituto Ling. Each year, these institutions present the Chamber with a number of pre-screened, 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 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 (e.g. 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 e-mail

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