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Postgraduate Courses

Centre of Latin American Studies


PhD in Latin American Studies

PhD in Latin American Studies

There are approximately 20 PhD students based at the Centre of Latin American Studies at any one time, working across a wide range of disciplines. The Centre is able to provide desk space for most of its PhD students, and they form a lively academic and social community, playing a full part in the Centre's activities, meeting regularly to present their latest research to each other and organizing seminars and conferences with the Centre's support. CLAS is able to contribute to the costs of carrying out fieldwork in Latin America, and you are also eligible to apply to other funds within your college and the university.

Most of our PhD students come here to work on their thesis with leading scholars in their fields, but we are also committed to help you develop your future career. CLAS provides specialized in-house training on research skills, teaching undergraduates, publishing in Latin American studies, and improving your academic writing in Spanish (for conferences and journal publications). The School of Humanities and Social Sciences provides an array of training and development programmes, with a emphasis on transferable skills for those students who wish to consider careers beyond academia. Whatever your future aspirations, you will be encouraged, if you wish, to take the opportunity to gain valuable teaching experience during your time here.

A number of our PhD students are successful in obtaining full funding with scholarships from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Gates Foundation, the Cambridge Overseas Trust and other funding bodies. CLAS is an AHRC Block Grant Partner, and is able to consider applicants for AHRC funding in the subject area “Iberian and Latin American Languages and Cultures” (for which two PhD scholarships are available per year, shared with the Department of Spanish and Portuguese).

The Centre of Latin American Studies currently accepts PhD students in the fields of cultural studies, international relations and, in some instances, economics, history, geography, anthropology and politics. Supervisors from other Faculties or Departments may be willing to take on PhD students who apply via CLAS; alternatively they may encourage them to apply via his/her home Department. Applicants are advised to check with their prospective supervisor before submitting an application.