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Fellowship for Masters / MBA Degree

The Lemann Center is training a new generation of Brazilian educational policy leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs in the Graduate School of Education's MA and PhD programs, and through Stanford's Joint MA Education/MBA program between the Graduate School of Business and Graduate School of Education. These trainees are known as the Lemann Center Fellows, a select group of Brazilian talent funded through the Lemann Center at Stanford.

Want to be a Lemann Center Fellow?

Here are the steps for the MA and Joint MA Education/MBA Programs:

Candidates to become a Lemann Center Fellow must demonstrate a firm commitment to work for the development of Brazil, indicating how the expertise gained through the program will further the development of their projects and be directed toward improving Brazilian education.

To become a Lemann Center Fellow, you must first be accepted into one of the Stanford MA programs listed below, and then apply for the Lemann Center Fellowship.

For the next academic year, the Lemann Center will fund at least one fellow in the Learning, Design & Technology and International Comparative Education programs. We will also fund one student for the Joint MA Education/MBA program. If you want to apply for a different MA program within the Graduate School of Education, please contact us for more details. MA fellowships cover between 70-95% of tuition and living expenses; Joint MA Education/MBA fellowships cover between 40-85% of tuition and living expenses. The amount of funding is decided based on the availability of funds and the financial needs of applicants. The MA programs last one academic year (September-August), and the MA-MBA program lasts two years.

More information on the Graduate School of Education admissions website.


  • International Comparative Education (ICE)

    ICE students analyze current issues in education from a comparative perspective. Besides attending classes, they also conduct a research project throughout the academic year. The program combines theory and empirical analysis, offering students the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to perform research of excellence in the field of education.

    For further information, visit the program website.

  • Learning, Design and Technology (LDT)

    LDT focuses on the development of new technologies that contribute to school learning. During the program, students are engaged in group work, internships, and a final research project. In LDT, students are encouraged to rethink learning and to generate revolutionary ideas that may contribute to the future of education.

    For further information, visit the program website.

  • Joint MA Education/MBA

    This joint program enables students to complete two master´s degrees, one in the Graduate School of Business and another in the Graduate School of Education. The program enables students to develop management skills to be applied in education. Students concentrate on early childhood education, elementary school, high school, or higher education.

    For further information, visit the program website.

  • Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies (POLS)

    POLS is a nine-month, cohort-based Master’s program in which students gain the knowledge, theoretical acumen, and hands-on experience necessary for effective leadership in a wide range of education enterprises. Through graduate coursework and capstone field projects with partner sites, students hone skills of critical analysis, teamwork, and problem-solving. We take advantage of our strategic position as a global hub of innovation to develop mission-driven professionals.

    For further information, visit the program website.

  • Education Data Science (MS)

    The program in education data science integrates the complex and rich disciplines of computer science and statistics with education and social science theory. It prepares students to apply data science skills and techniques to education research and practice. This 18-month, full-time residential course of study combines academic coursework with a mentored internship or research assistantship. The program culminates with a capstone project under the mentorship of GSE faculty.

    For further information, visit the program website.

Candidates must apply for Stanford´s regular selection process for the desired master´s program. Requirements for the selection process are:

  • Letter of intent (see specific requirements for the MBA program)
  • Resume (up to two pages)
  • Two or three recommendation letters (see specific requirements for each program, especially for the MBA program)
  • School records from all higher education institutions attended (candidates for the MBA must also submit a professional resume.)
  • GRE scores (or GMAT, for the MBA)
  • TOEFL or other English proficiency certificate acknowledged by Stanford
  • Supplementary forms
  • Interview (for MBA only)


Please check online your deadline to apply (the MBA deadline may vary).

More information on the School of Education admissions website.

The selection process for entering the University is conducted independently from the selection process for the fellowship (which only occurs after students are admitted.) After being admitted in the University's regular selection process, students may apply for a Lemann Center Fellowship.