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Program Name: Doctorate in Anthropology/ PhD in Anthropology
Degree awarded: Doctor of Anthropology /PhD in Anthropology
University: Pontificia Universidad Católica of Chile
Academic affiliation: Social Sciences Department – School of Anthropology
Year established: 2020
Start of academic activities: First semester of 2021
Campus: Campus San Joaquín, Pontificia Universidad Católica of Chile
Modality: Presential
Class times: During the day
Duration: 8 semesters
Full or Part-time: Full-time
Methods: Academic theory and investigative practice

Admission 2021

Begins: First semester 2022
Application period: from August 2nd to October 29th 2021
Decision period: TBD, will include an interview.
Decisions released: November 2021
Start date: January 2022

English Brochure

  • Rules of Procedures

    Download Rules of Procedures, here


  • Description

    The Doctorate in Anthropology (PhD in Anthropology) is a program that combines academic study with investigation through a full-time program consisting of classes during the day. The doctorate in Anthropology (PhD in Anthropology) is a program targeting the development of autonomous research, specializing in researching socio-cultural phenomena and problems. Its graduates will contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the field, with a strong background in theories and anthropological methodologies. They will be able to contribute as academics and researchers in higher education and research positions, among others. The program is comprised of faculty, with top-level expertise in anthropology and related social sciences.


  • Objectives

    General Objectives

    To nurture excellent researchers, capable of developing autonomous, original and specialized projects studying socio-cultural phenomena from an anthropological perspective. To contribute to the advancement of knowledge through solid training in anthropological theory and methodologies, enabling the PhD graduates to excel as academics and researchers in higher education and research centers, among others.

    Specific objectives

    1.To provide the knowledge and training necessary to develop original and independent anthropological research at an advanced level.
    2.To enable students to develop advanced skills in anthropological research methodologies.
    3.To provide a space for rigorous reflection, which generates specialized and useful knowledge to help understand complex sociocultural problems.
    4.To develop students’ abilities to understand and critically intervene in sociocultural problems.
    5.To prepare students as teachers through university training tasks in the anthropological discipline.
    6.To provide the necessary training to recognize, discern and solve ethical problems that may appear in scholarly and more specifically, anthropological research.

  • Student Profile

    Student Profile

    Bachelor or master’s degree in Anthropology or similar fields, academic excellence, and a genuine interest in social investigation.

    Graduate Profile

    A graduate of the Doctorate in Anthropology:
    1.Will be prepared to autonomously formulate original research that includes a careful consideration of up-to-date anthropological theories.
    2.Will have advanced skills in methodology, which will allow them to investigate different socio-cultural realities, with the ability to adapt and the autonomy to solve problems while carrying out their research.
    3.Will be able, through rigorous anthropological reflection, to understand sociocultural problems, both empirically and conceptually.
    4.Will be able to take part in and lead disciplinary and interdisciplinary work teams in approaching complex sociocultural phenomena.
    5.Will be qualified to teach Anthropology at the university level.
    6.Will have the necessary training to face and solve ethical problems that arise in research and in the management of research projects.

  • Academic Staff


    Ángel Aedo
    Giovanna Bacchiddu
    Piergiorgio Di Giminiani
    Diana Espirito Santo
    Francisca de la Maza
    Joseph Feldman
    Marcelo González
    Andrés Haye
    Laura Luna
    Marjorie Murray
    David Preiss
    Helene Risor
    Cristián Simonetti
    Eduardo Valenzuela
    Andrew Webb

    Academic Collaborators

    Consuelo Araos 
    Assistant professor at the Institute of Sociology of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. She is a sociologist and doctor of Social Sciences from the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Paris. Her research focuses on the co-production of domestic space and practical kinship, through the observation of residential neighborhoods in an urban context. Currently, she is participating in the 9x18 Laboratory at the UC School of Architecture, where she develops applied research in social housing and urban regeneration.

    Jonathan Barton 
    Associate Professor, Institute of Geography and Chair of Sustainability, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. Geographer (University of Wales, 1987), and Doctor in Economic History (1994) and Master in Latin American Studies (1989) from the University of Liverpool. Associate Researcher of CEDEUS (Fondap Center for Sustainable Urban Development) and associated with international and national projects in local and regional planning and development, theories and policies on the environment and sustainable development, and decentralization and governance. A member of editorial and international committees of EURE magazines, Asia Pacific Viewpoint, Journal of Norwegian Geography, and Environmental Policy and Governance.

    Pelayo Benavides 
    Psychologist, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (1999). Grad. Dip / Master of Arts Social Anthropology, Massey University (Aotearoa / New Zealand) (2009). PhD Social Anthropology, University of Aberdeen (Scotland, UK) (2018). Assistant Professor Pontificia Universidad Católica of Chile, Villarrica Campus. Interested in and researches works in environmental anthropology and human-animal relations; cognitive anthropology, education and interculturality.

    Felipe Palma 
    Sociologist from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and Doctor in Visual Sociology from Goldsmiths College. He carries out teaching and research work in the area of Visual Anthropology and coordinates the Laboratory of Visual and Sensory Anthropology of the School of Anthropology of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. He also works in independent documentary film production.

    Javier Ruiz-Tagle
    Assistant Professor at the UC Institute of Urban and Territorial Studies. PhD in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago (2014). He is a Fondecyt Project Researcher and Associate Researcher at the Center for Sustainable Urban Development (CEDEUS, Fondap Conicyt). He teaches and directs theses at the undergraduate, master and doctorate level. His work focuses on themes of: urban political economy, socio-spatial transformation of neighborhoods, sociology and housing economics, urban marginality, comparative studies, and urban theory.

    Martín Tironi
    Sociologist from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Master in Paris Descartes, PhD in Center de Sociologie de l'Innovation (CSI), School of Mines of Paris, and Post-Doctoral student from the same research center. Assistant Professor at the UC School of Design. His interests as a researcher revolve around urban infrastructures, design anthropology, and socio-technical controversies, employing theoretical-methodological perspectives from the Science and Technologies studios and Actor Network Theory.

    Visiting Academics

    Magnus Course 
    PhD in Anthropology, London School of Economics (UK, 2004). Senior Lecturer of the School of Social and Political Science of the University of Edinburgh. His work focuses on the study of kinship, religiosity and language in Mapuche society in Chile and in the Gaelic society in insular Scotland.

    Marisol de la Cadena 
    PhD in Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison (United States, 1996). Professor of Anthropology and Science and Technology Studies, University of California at Davis. Member of the Executive Committee for Graduate Programs in Cultural Studies, University of California at Davis. Her expertise concerns race relations, alterity, politics, ontology, and multi-species relations in the Andes (Peru and Colombia).

    Richard Kernaghan 
    PhD in Anthropology, Columbia University (United States, 2006). Associate Professor at the University of Florida. His work focuses on post-conflict processes and everyday experiences in cross-border regions where insurgency, political repression, and illegal economies proliferate.

    Marcio Goldman 
    Doctor of Social Anthropology, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil, 1991). He is currently a Professor in the Post-Graduate Program at the National Museum, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Specializing in Afro-Brazilian religion, he has published on notions of person, cosmology, and politics.

    Florencia Tola 
    PhD in Social Anthropology and Ethnography, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales of Paris and Universidad de Buenos Aires (2004). CONICET researcher and Professor in the doctoral program in Anthropology at the University of Buenos Aires. Her work focuses on body, person, emotions and kinship among the Qom of the Gran Chaco, Argentina.

    Anna Cristina Pertierra
    PhD in Social Anthropology, University College London (2007). She is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Western Sydney. She works on urban material issues in Cuba, the Philippines, and Mexico.

    Nancy Postero 
    PhD in Anthropology, University of California Berkeley (2001). Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, San Diego, she also serves as director of the Human Rights Program and co-director of the International Institute. Her work focuses on the intersection of politics, race, economics and indigeneity in Latin America, with a focus on Bolivia.

  • International Network

    The international network of the Doctorate has three alliances at the focus of its development.

    a) Institutional Development Grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation

    The Wenner-Gren Foundation is the largest private, non-profit foundation that supports anthropological research worldwide. Since 2008, the Foundation has had a type of financing called the Institutional Development Grant (IDG), aimed at strengthening institutions and the internationalization of doctoral programs.

    b) Double Degree with the University of Edinburgh

    The Doctorate of Anthropology has a double degree agreement with the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh. Each of the programs may annually admit a maximum of one double-degree PhD student. For more information, consult the Program Manager

    c) Academic Senate and Alliance with the Centro de Estudios Interculturales e Indígenas (Center for Intercultural and Indigenous Studies) – CIIR

    The faculty of the senate and also the School of Anthropology have close links with CIIR. In this sense, the academic faculty has several previous international collaboration experiences with centers of excellence in anthropology worldwide. In addition, CIIR is constantly developing activities with international academics, from which the Doctorate program continues to benefit.

  • Application Requirements

    Application Requirements

    1.Hold a Bachelor or Master degree in Anthropology, or in a related discipline. In the case of academic degrees obtained outside of Chile, these must be equivalent to those mentioned above and must be legalized by the Chilean Consulate in the country of origin. The consideration of the equivalences of the foreign academic degrees will be based on the current version of the International Classification of Education (ISCED), created by UNESCO. In the event that the applicant has not completed a previous degree in Anthropology, the doctoral committee will evaluate the need to complete a leveling program, especially a methodological one, that considers the specific needs of each student, in accordance with the requirements of the General Regulations of current doctoral studies at UC.

    2.Accredited academic and professional backgrounds that account for the applicant's previous experience, in accordance with the training requirements of the Program (curriculum vitae).

    3.Present a certificate of concentrated qualifications for undergraduate, postgraduate, and advanced studies. A minimum weighted average of 5.0 must have been obtained in Bachelor's degree or its equivalent. If the applicant is a foreigner, the certificates must be legalized by the Chilean Consulate in the country of origin, and the evaluation scales used, the minimum grade accepted and their equivalence with the Chilean scale must be clearly specified. If the country of origin does not have clear documentation about these scales, a formal document will be requested that explains the results obtained by the candidate.

    4.Demonstrate an understanding of the English language at a sufficient level to start doctoral studies. Additionally, students must take a diagnostic test or validate one, after the enrollment process, in order to assess their language level. They must then enroll in the courses indicated to achieve the competencies required to obtain a Doctorate.

    5.Present a written declaration of purpose that explains the applicant's interest in the Program, their objectives, a synthesis of the academic project that they intend to carry out in the Doctorate, and any prior commitments that they may have (maximum 3 pages).

    6.Provide two confidential letters of recommendation from academics and/or researchers of recognized prestige that accredit the intellectual and personal qualities of the applicant that demonstrate them as apt for pursuing doctoral studies. These letters should be sent to the Program Manager directly by the authors.

    7.Present a certificate of location or ranking of the student among graduates of their graduating class, according to the requirements of ANID (National Agency for Research and Development), or the percentile that was found at the time of graduating from undergraduate, in the case of those who have graduated from Chilean universities or comparable cases abroad.

    8.Attach a summary of the applicant’s publications (articles, books, theses or others) with access to them (pdf documents, web page links, among others).


    The list of prerequisites required to apply can be found here.

    Download the documents necessary to apply below:

    Formulario de ingreso a la UC
    Currículo académico
    Carta de postulación y síntesis del proyecto académico
    Carta de recomendación

  • Selection Process

    Applicants must attend an interview with the Doctoral Committee or with an Admission Commission specially selected for this purpose by the Committee, whose objective is to examine in greater detail and evaluate the background, motivations, and commitments of the applicant. In the case of applicants who are abroad, the interview may be conducted via videoconference. 

    The criteria evaluated is as follows:


    Criteria Percent
     Academic and professional history   40%
     Quality of letters of recommendations and respective positions of recommenders  15%
     Statement of Purpose  30%
     Personal interview  15%
     Total  100%

    The Doctorate Committee reserves the right not to allocate all available vacancies if it considers that there are not enough applicants that meet the requirements of the program.

    The application periods, the delivery of documents, the results of the selection process, registration and administrative requirements for each of these acts will be governed by the regulations approved by the Doctorate Committee for each initial season of the program.

    The admission or rejection to the Program will be notified by means of a formal letter addressed to the applicant. The Commission may condition the admission of an applicant to the approval of a preparatory cycle or leveling, which will be carried out by express decision of the Director of the School at the request of the Head of Program. The leveling course’s composition and length will be specially defined for each case, in accordance with the needs considered relevant. The recommendations of this Admission Commission must be formally approved by the Doctorate Committee. The credits obtained from these courses will not be applicable to the total credit of the Doctoral Program. The candidate who has been accepted must also subsequently prove that they have participated in the application process for the ANID (National Doctorate Scholarship) competition to start studies in the corresponding year, and/or to foreign institutions that grant admission and study scholarships for the doctorate.

  • Structure of the program

    In this document (available for download), you will find the plan of studies, the curricula and the program schedule.

    Download Plan of Studies

  • Graduation information

    Requirements for Doctoral Candidacy

    To be a Doctoral candidate, the student must meet the following requirements:

    1.Have completed a minimum of two semesters in the Program.
    2.Have passed all the academic courses that make up the Program (50 credits in minimum courses and 30 in electives).
    3.Have their Doctoral Thesis Project approved.
    4.Have passed the Candidacy Exam, consisting of defending their Doctoral Thesis Project before the Candidacy Committee, within a period not exceeding 5 semesters from the moment of entering the program. In case of not meeting this deadline, the student will be failed and will be eliminated.
    5.The candidate may fail the Candidacy Exam only once.

    Exit Requirements

    1.Have the program's study plan approved, according to the VRA Resolution that approves it.
    2.Have their Doctoral Thesis approved by the Thesis Committee in its written version.

    Graduation Requirements

    1.Have completed the exit requirements
    2.Have completed a minimum of four semesters in the Program.
    3.Have the oral defense of their Thesis approved.
    4.Have delivered the corresponding copies of their Doctoral Thesis, including, if applicable, the modifications requested by the Thesis Committee.
    5.Have accredited a command of English at an advanced level, equivalent to the superior score of B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and in accordance with the operationalization protocol established by the Graduate School of the Vice-Rectory for Research.
    6.Have passed the Research Ethics and Integrity Workshop, the Teaching Skills Development Workshop and another transversal skills workshop (all with the acronym CPD).
    7.Have their curricular activity Teaching Activity (ANT3040) approved.
    8.Be the main author of a scientific article sent to a journal, or mainstream book in case of doing a Thesis in traditional format, and of two scientific articles if the Thesis is developed in article format (ANT3041).
    9.Have passed the curricular activity International Internship (ANT3042).
    10.Have carried out at least two annual follow-up activities while the student was in good standing within the Program.
    11.Not be registered as a debtor of any kind with the University.
    12.Have entered the final manuscript of the dissertation approved by your Thesis Committee in the repository of the UC Library System.
    13.Comply with any other administrative requirements that the Program stipulates.

  • Tuition and Scholarships

    2021 Tuition
    $4.600.000 CLP per year

    Internal Scholarships

    The internal scholarships are designated for those students who demonstrate that they were not able to obtain external funding. They are as follows:

    Stipend and full tuition coverage

    Scholarship for Teacher’s Assistant: covers 100% of the tuition and offers a stipend for doctoral students who start their studies or have passed their Candidacy Exam and have started their thesis work. It is coordinated with the application period of the ANID Scholarship for Doctoral Studies in Chile. 

    Millennium Institute for Research on Violence and Democracy Scholarship (VioDemos): awarded to applicants whose projects fall within one of its 3 research areas: structural violence and inequality; criminal violence and insecurity; and political and ethnic violence.

    Residence Benefits for Doctoral Students: covers 100% of the tuition for the students who have finished registering all credits from their Doctoral Program, including thesis credits and those still pending completion.

    Other Scholarships:
    Beca de la Red de Doctorados de la Organización de Universidades Católicas de Latinoamérica y el Caribe (ODUCAL).
    Fondos concursables de la Dirección de Relaciones Académicas Internacionales UC 

  • Admission 2021

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