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. 


Selection for 2020: Calendar and public notice:




29/07 to 01/11/2019

Registration formalization (document upload)

29/07 to 01/11/2019

Publication of the list of approved registrations


Publication of the list of applicants approved for the interview



25/11 to 27/11/2019

Publication of the applicants approved in the interview


Language test


Publication of the Final Results


Enrollment Scheduling

13/01 to 06/02/20


13/01 to 07/02/20

Enrollment Cancellation

Until 02/03/20

Start of Classes


CLICK HERE to access the selection process public notice (only portuguese).

Registration Fee:
One hundred and twenty-five reais (R$125.00) for bank payment slips issued until 6 p.m. in the period established in the Timetable (annex I).
Payment may be made by credit card, at bank branches or via Internet, until the payment deadline set by the bank.


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


Students must take three subjects and five research seminars, which may correspond to optional subjects or thesis follow-up seminars, provided by the advisors. 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.
The following are some of the subjects offered in the PhD curriculum. The subjects may be subsequently amended.
•    Sports, culture and society
•    Politician and political studies
•    Qualitative Methods in Military Studies
•    Film and History Writings
•    Justice Systems and Practices
•    Conservative modernization in Brazil
•    Scientific article writing

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

Research Lines:
I. Institutions and politics: Research on institutions and politics is at the root of FGV 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 line contribute to a better understanding of the processes of institutional construction and decision making in the structure of public power; explore the role of political and social leaders, as well as their multiple and complex interfaces with broader political institutions; discuss public policies and their social reflexes in the construction of citizenship, and give academic solidity to the studies of biographies and personal trajectories. The activities of this line are linked to the events of the Laboratory for Political Studies, the Laboratory for Studies on Institutions, and the Laboratory for Studies of the Military.
II. Memory and culture: The history of memory and the central place it occupies in processes of constitution of social identities are key dimensions to the work developed by a large number of professors in the Program. This line of research brings together investigative itineraries that address the concepts of heritage, culture (material and immaterial), tradition, and representation, conceived based on different supports and languages. The topics range from Brazilian social thinking to football, from museums to film and television, and from popular festivals to civic celebrations, for example. It should be noted that an important part of the research developed in this line is based on FGV FGV 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 production and circulation of historical sources. The activities of this line are linked to the events of the Laboratory for Archives, Social Memory and Information, the Laboratory for Social Thought, the Laboratory for Audiovisual Studies, the Laboratory for Sports Studies, and the Laboratory for Tourism Studies.
III. International relations: This research line comprises a series of research and analysis activities on the transformations of the international order, foreign policies of nation states, and the international performance of non-state stakeholders. Research activities include not only those that are exclusively in the field of International Relations, but also studies that draw on conceptual frameworks from other fields of knowledge – such as history, sociology, economics, and law – with the aim of understanding phenomena of history and international politics. Topics addressed in this research line include global transformations and emerging powers, regional integration processes, comparative foreign policies, international security, and global history. The activities of this line are linked to the events of the Center for International Relations.

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


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

Eduardo Jordão de Achilles Mello 
•    PhD in Political Science – London School of Economics
–    Political Economics of Development
–    Comparative Politics

 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

Paula Elena Vedoveli Francisco
•    PhD in History – Princeton University
–    Global History
–    International Financial History

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
+55 21 3799-5757