Main Office:
(401) 456-8041

Marie R. Fraley
(401) 456-8496

Silvia Oliveira, Ph. D.
Associate Professor of Portuguese
Dept of Modern Languages
(401) 456-8748

Faculty Liaison, IPLWS
(401) 456-8476


Forman Center (F)
Rm. 201
East Campus

Institute for Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies


Arthur M. Andrade Scholarship in Portuguese Studies: Open to high school seniors, the four year scholarship will be awarded to an incoming Rhode Island College freshman of Azorean descent. Established by the family and friends of the late Arthur M. Andrade in his memory, the $1,000 scholarship will be presented each year for four years (total of $4,000) to a student who commits to minor or major in Portuguese Studies and maintains a B- GPA.  For more information and application form, click here.

Questions? Contact Marie Fraley, Director, IPLWS

John A. and Mary V. Lima Memorial Scholarship in Portuguese Studies: Endowed by the late    John A. Lema, Jr. in memory of his parents, two scholarships at $2,000 will be awarded to Rhode Island College students who are minoring or majoring in Portuguese Studies. Since 2010, nine students have benefited from Mr. Lema’s generosity. This application process is open to students currently enrolled as full time students at RIC. For more information and application form, click here.

Questions? Contact Silvia Oliveira, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Dept of Modern Languages

Program Description

Launched in October, 2006, the Institute for Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies is a non-traditional academic center at Rhode Island College and an affiliate of the David E. Sweet Center for Public Policy. It was approved for permanent status by the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education on June 28, 2010.

It is dedicated to the promotion and support of Portuguese Studies at the College, fostering connections between the College and Lusophone communities in the region, and pursuing scholarly research and cultural projects related to the Portuguese language and Lusophone cultures.

The Institute strives to be a center of interaction for Rhode Island College students and the community by sponsoring lectures, conferences, artistic exhibitions, cultural performances, adult enrichment courses, workshops and youth and family-centered events as well as professional development workshops for elementary and secondary teachers of the Portuguese language.

The Institute is committed to encompassing the cultures of the many nations and regions of the Lusophone (Portuguese-speaking) diaspora, that is Portugal, including Madeira and the Azores, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, São Tomé e Príncipe, Angola, Mozambique, East Timor and the region of Macau.

Page last updated: December 21, 2015