Professional Doctorate in Assets and Social Projects


The Professional Doctorate Course will start in 2021. It emerged out of the Professional Master’s in Cultural Goods and Social Projects, created by CPDOC/FGV in 2003 and which receives the maximum score in Capes’ graduate course assessment. It is committed to both the improvement of the processional education of students and the transformation of the reality of Brazil.

The continuous education of human resources in applied research skills in the areas of culture and social projects is an urgent demand of Brazilian society. The contingent of graduates from the course can play a fundamental role in companies, governments, and civil society due to the profile of professionals who can combine a capacity for scientific intelligence and administration to design, assess, and creatively transform public policies. Moreover, it is impossible to think about the development of the country without a set of products in the areas of Cultural Goods and Social Projects which contribute to the preparation of intelligent and long-lasting public policies. Equally, the promotion of applied scientific culture based on evidence and on critical reasoning is crucial for the improvement of the public debate in the areas of Cultural Goods and Social Projects, in which opinions without empirical support are still abundant.

The Professional Doctorate intends to attract students with a similar profile to those of the Professional Master’s, with a background in the areas of History, Social Science, Communication, Library Science, Museology, Archivology, and Information Science, amongst others, and who want to deepen their theoretical knowledge, and link it with their professional practice.

More information on the curriculum structure and other guidelines are available in the PPHPBC Regulations.

Course duration: 48 months

In view of the uncertainties of the current pandemic scenario, and to facilitate the planning of candidates and future students, all mandatory Professional Doctorate courses will be offered online (live) in 2021.


The processes of the production of and reflection on cultural assets have characterized CPDOC’s history since its inception. This line of research brings together investigative itineraries that address the concepts of heritage, (material and immaterial) culture, tradition, and representation, conceived on the basis of different supports and languages. The topics range from Brazilian social thought to football, from museums to film and television, and from popular festivals to civic celebrations, for example. Based on a more pragmatic perspective, studies in this line of research are dedicated to analyzing and fostering the constitution of archival spaces, the organization of ‘recovery’ projects for personal and institutional trajectories, and the institutionalization of cultural assets and traditions. Cultural diffusion and democratization projects and heritage education initiatives are also recurrently dealt with in studies developed under this thematic axis. It should be noted that an important part of this research is based on CPDOC’s tradition of developing methodologies for the treatment of archives and the constitution of oral history collections, always in line with the critical reflection on the social processes of the production and circulation of historical sources.

Research on institutions is a key aspect of CPDOC’s identity and marks the production of a significant number of professors linked to the Program. The subject of the analysis comprises, fundamentally, the actions, practices and perceptions of social groups and institutions, as well as individuals. Studies in this area contribute to a better understanding of the processes of institutional construction and decision making in the structure of public power; explore the role of social leaders, as well as their multiple and complex interfaces with broader political institutions; and discuss public policies and their social impacts on the construction of citizenship. CPDOC has intensified its activities in a specific dimension of institutional studies, namely social projects. This has resulted in an increase in research centered on the conception, monitoring, and evaluation of social actions of public agencies, civil society organizations and companies. Consequently, CPDOC, through its Professional Master’s program, has contributed to the training of professionals with such expertise, whether from they come from social responsibility sectors of public and private companies or from NGOs with a tradition in policy research and administration to fight social inequality and poverty.


2021 Selection: Calendar and public notice:




11/08 - 03/11/2020 

Registration formalization (document upload)

11/08 - 03/11/2020

Publication of list of approved registrations


Disclosure of Interview Classification



03, 04 and 07/12/2020

Publication of Final Results


Enrollment Scheduling

18/01 - 11/02/2021


18/01 - 12/02/2021

Enrollment Cancellation

Until 02/03/2021

Start of Classes


**Erratum - Click here to access (only in Portuguese). 

CLICK HERE to access the public notice for the selection process (only in Portuguese). 

Registration fee:

R$50.00) for bank payment slips issued until 6 p.m. in the period established in the Timetable (annex I).



The Professional Doctorate in Assets and Social Projects does not offer scholarships. Payment may be made in a single payment or in monthly installments:
•    Single payment R$42,120.00
•    Installments: 36 installments x R$1,300.00


Students in the Professional Doctorate have to take five obligatory subjects and an optional subject. Students also must take four tutorial seminars with their supervisors. The activities of the tutorial seminars will be defined by supervisors.

In view of the uncertainties of the current pandemic scenario, and to facilitate the planning of candidates and future students, all mandatory Professional Doctorate courses will be offered online (live) in 2021.


•    Brazilian History
•    Culture and Society
•    Research Methods and Design 
•    Coursework Seminar
•    Advanced Seminar in Product Preparation  

•    Citizenship and Rights
•    Cinema and the Writing of History 
•    Knowledge, Society, and Democracy
•    Visual Culture: Image Analysis, Theories and Methods
•    Sport and Society 
•    Administration of Social Projects 
•    Brazilian Political Institutions
•    Archives and memory
•    Heritage policies in Contemporary Brazil
•    Methodologies and Techniques of Oral History 
•    Social Projects

The subjects may be subsequently amended.

More information on curriculum structure and other guidelines are available in the PPHPBC Regulations.



Américo Oscar Guichard Freire
•    PhD in History – UFRJ
–    History of Rio de Janeiro
–    Political History of Republican Brazil

Angela Moreira Domingues da Silva
•    PhD in History – FGV CPDOC
–    Authoritarianism in Brazil
–    History of the Judiciary 

Bernardo Buarque de Hollanda
•    PhD in Social History of Culture – PUC-Rio
–    Brazilian Social Thought
–    Social History of Sports

Celso Corrêa Pinto de Castro
•    PhD in Social Anthropology – UFRJ
–    Tourism and cultural heritage
–    Theory of culture

 Jairo Cesar Marconi Nicolau
•    PhD in Political Science – IUPERJ
–    Brazilian politics
–    Political parties, elections, and behavior

 Jaqueline Porto Zulini
•    PhD in Political Science – USP
–    Comparative political institutions
–    History, politics, and institutions

 Jimmy Medeiros
•    PhD in Public Policy, Strategy and Development – IE/UFRJ
–    Public Policy
–    Social Protection

João Marcelo Ehlert Maia
•    PhD in Sociology – IUPERJ
–    Brazilian Social Thought
–    Sociology of Culture

Márcio Grijó Vilarouca
•    PhD in Political Science – IUPERJ
–    Executive-Legislative Relations
–    Brazilian political institutions

Marco Aurélio Vannucchi Leme de Mattos
•    PhD in History – University of São Paulo
–    History of Republican Brazil
–    Civil society institutions

Matias Spektor
•    PhD in International Relations – University of Oxford
–    International Relations
–    Research methods in Social Sciences and History

Martina Spohr
•    PhD in Social History – UFRJ
–    Political History of Republican Brazil
–    History Archives and Methodology

Sérgio Praça
•    PhD in Political Science – USP
–    Brazilian Political Institutions
–    Bureaucracy and Politics

Silvia Monnerat Barbosa
•    PhD in Social Anthropology – National Museum/UFRJ
–    Urban Anthropology
–    Anthropological theory

Thaís Blank
•    PhD in Communication and Culture – UFRJ
–    Visual Culture
–    Film and History

Vivian Fonseca
•    PhD in History, Politics and Cultural Assets – FGV CPDOC
–    Heritage, Memory and History Teaching
–    History of Sports

Course Coordination: Prof. Angela Moreira


Daniela Aires
PPHPBC Assistant
Tel: +55 21 3799-5545
Praia de Botafogo, 190 – 14th floor
Botafogo – Rio de Janeiro