Doctoral Program - Latin American Studies from a Comparative and Transregional Perspective, Germany

Publish Date: Oct 21, 2015

Deadline: Feb 15, 2016

About Doctoral Program 

The doctoral program is largely concerned with the states, cultures and societies of Latin America and gives young researchers the opportunity to complete their doctorate in an interdisciplinary and internationally oriented curriculum and research program. During the course of the program and the research process, different perspectives are brought together and expanded on with interdisciplinary and regional knowledge. The normal degree program requires six semesters.

The goal of the doctoral program is to train highly qualified researchers and provide them with the necessary support for carrying out exceptional research in their chosen areas of specialization (Cultural and Social Anthropology, Gender Studies, History, Literature and Cultures of Latin American, Economics, Political Science and Sociology).

Because the shared research object of Latin America has be reconceived in many ways, it is necessary to continually review and reconstruct the division of labor between specialized regional knowledge transfer and systematically oriented disciplines. For this reason, the majority of doctoral theses written at LAI take an interdisciplinary approach. The complex economic, social and cultural transformations in Latin America also call into question the research perspectives of the individual disciplines.

Application and Admission Process

Doctoral students pursuing their doctorate as participants in the Institute’s doctoral program, and within the framework of the International Research Training Group “Between Spaces: Movements, Actors and Representations of Globalization”or the Research Network, concurrently participate in the structured doctoral program. All other LAI graduate students may apply to join the doctoral program and participate in the structured doctoral program, provided that they obtain a scholarship. Acceptance to the program requires the selected doctoral students to meet the conditions specified by DRS (e.g. attendance, a series of course certifications).

The application for admission to the doctoral program must be submitted each calendar year by February 15th and June 15th. It should contain the following documentation:

  • Synopsis of research project including work outline and bibliography (at least 7 pages)
  • CV
  • Cover letter, explaining your interest the doctoral program
  • Letter confirming supervision from a professor at LAI (may include honorary professors or lecturers)
  • Scholarship award

Applications should be submitted to the coordinator of the doctoral program:Dr. Ingrid Simson

Freie Universität Berlin
ZI Lateinamerika-Institut
Rüdesheimer Str. 54–56
14197 - Berlin

They can also be submitted electronically to:

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