PHD in History, Politics and Cultural Assets


By creating an academic Master’s degree and a PhD in history, FGV CPDOC invested in training professionals who are capable of both producing knowledge and training new knowledge producers, through an intense dialogue with the social sciences. The creation of the courses was guided by the perspective of broadening and diversifying the scope of graduate studies in history, as opposed to competing with traditional programs that make up the offering of courses at the regional level. Their thematic emphasis on political history, focusing on Republican Brazil, coupled with an analytical preoccupation with cultural assets and, more recently, urban challenges and international relations make the courses a unique case. This particularity is intensified by the strength of interdisciplinarity has in them, which is justified by the vision that has guided the FGV CPDOC proposal since its inception, namely that the current dynamism of history is largely due to the dialogue it has been able to promote with the social sciences.

FGV CPDOC’s academic Master’s and PhD courses are tuition-free, and the Graduate Program in History, Politics and Cultural Assets (PPPHPBC) has been increasing the number of scholarships awarded by funding agencies, which indicates its recognition. In 2015, in the context of the Graduate Studies Support Program for Private Education Institutions (PROSUP/CAPES), we received five PhD and three Master’s degree scholarships. In the scope of CNPq, another two Master’s degree scholarships are intended for students of the program. In addition to these regular scholarships, some students receive scholarships linked to research projects developed by the Program’s professors.

The last years have been marked by the consolidation of the PPHPBC internationalization process. This effort is translated, more generally and permanently, in the establishment of agreements with foreign research and teaching institutions in which different initiatives are developed: collaborative research projects, professor and student mobility, promotion of joint events, and publications. The established agreements are published on the CPDOC website. In 2018, FGV was awarded the CAPES Institutional Internationalization Program (PrInt), valid for three years, with the aim of deepening the institution’s internationalization process through foreign mobility of students and researchers, granting of sandwich PhD scholarships, and partnerships with foreign universities, among other actions. 

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


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


Publication of list of applicants approved for interview



 25, 26, 27 and 30/11

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 the public notice for the selection process (only in Portuguese). 

Registration fee:

R$50.00 for bank payment slips issued until 6 p.m. on the date stipulated in the Timetable (Annex I).


All students approved in the selection for the Academic PhD will be exempt from monthly tuition and fees.


Students must take three disciplines, one mandatory and two optional, and five research seminars, which may correspond to thesis preparation seminars run by supervisors. For students who do not have a background in History, the subject History and Social Theory, required for the Master’s degree, is strongly recommended.

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

The following are some of the subjects offered in the PhD curriculum. These may be subsequently amended.
•    Sports, Culture, and Society
•    Studies of Politics and Politicians 
•    Qualitative Methods in Military Studies
•    Film and the Writing of History 
•    Judicial Systems and Practices
•    Conservative Modernization in Brazil
•    Writing Scientific Articles
•    Research Methods and Techniques (compulsory)


Permanent professors
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 Branch

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

Oliver Stuenkel
•    PhD in Political Science – Duisburg-Essen University – Germany
–    International Relations
–    Foreign policy of emerging powers

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
Tel: +55 21 3799-5545
Praia de Botafogo, 190 – 14º floor
Botafogo – Rio de Janeiro