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Doctoral Program in Anthropology

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Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology

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8 semesters

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15/08/2023 - 15/10/2023

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March 2024

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$5.602.000 (annually)

Program Description

The Doctoral Program in Anthropology is a full-time, day-shift, academic/research program. It is oriented to enable students to develop autonomous, original, and specialized research on sociocultural phenomena and problems from an anthropological perspective.

Graduates of this program will contribute to the advancement of knowledge based on a solid training in anthropological theories and methodologies and will be qualified to work as academics and researchers in higher education and research centers, among others.

Program Objectives

  • To provide the knowledge and training necessary to develop original and independent anthropological research at an advanced level.
  • To develop in students advanced competencies in anthropological research methodologies.
  • To provide a space for rigorous reflection that generates specialized and useful knowledge to understand socio-cultural problems.
  • To develop students’ abilities to understand and intervene in socio-cultural problems.
  • To prepare students for teaching and university training in the anthropological discipline.
  • To provide the necessary training to recognize, discern and solve ethical problems in anthropological research.

Learning Outcomes

In accordance with the objectives of the Program, graduates of the Doctoral Program in Anthropology:

  • Will be prepared to develop original research, autonomously, with an updated view on anthropological theories.
  • Will possess advanced competencies in methodology, which will allow them to conduct research in different socio-cultural realities, with the ability to adapt and be autonomous in the resolution of problems in their research.
  • Will be able, through rigorous anthropological reflection, to understand sociocultural problems.
  • Will be able to integrate and lead both disciplinary and interdisciplinary work teams oriented to the intervention in complex socio-cultural phenomena.
  • Will be qualified to teach at the university level in the anthropological discipline.
  • Will have the necessary training to face and solve ethical problems that arise in research and management of research projects.

Research areas

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Environment, Development, and Sustainability.

Governance and diversity.

Kinship, religiosity, and daily life.

Application Requirements

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  1. Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Anthropology or related disciplines. In case of having academic degrees obtained abroad, these must be equivalent to those mentioned above and must be legalized before the Chilean Consulate in the country of origin.
  2. Applicants must submit proof of academic and professional background that shows the applicants’ previous experience, in accordance with the training requirements of the Program (curriculum vitae).
  3. Applicants must submit final official transcripts from their undergraduate, graduate, and advanced study programs. They must have obtained a minimum weighted grade point average of 5.0 in their Bachelor’s degree or equivalent. In the case of international applicants, the certificates must be legalized by the Chilean Consulate in the country of origin.
  4. Applicants must demonstrate an understanding of the English language at a sufficient level to begin their doctoral studies. In addition, applicants must take a diagnostic exam or present documentation to validate it, after the enrollment process, in order to assess their language proficiency, and enroll in the courses indicated to gain the competencies required to obtain the doctoral degree.
  5. Applicants must submit a written statement of purpose explaining their interest in the Program, their objectives, a summary of the academic project they intend to carry out in the Doctoral Program, and the commitments of dedication that they are subscribing (maximum 3 pages).
  6. Applicants must submit two confidential letters of recommendation from academics and/or researchers of recognized prestige attesting to the intellectual and personal qualities that make them suitable to pursue doctoral studies. These letters should be sent to the Program Director directly by the recommenders.
  7. Applicants must submit a certificate of student placement or ranking among the graduates of the graduating cohort according to the requirements of ANID (National Agency for Research and Development), or the percentile in which they were at the time of graduating from the undergraduate program, in the case of those who graduated from Chilean universities or comparable cases abroad.
  8. Applicants must attach a summary of the publications made by them (articles, books, thesis or others), accompanied by supporting documents that evidence such publications (pdf documents, links to web pages, among others).

Graduation Requirements

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  • To have fulfilled the requirements for graduation
  • To have spent a minimum of four semesters in the Program.
  • To have passed the oral defense of the Thesis.
  • To have submitted the corresponding copies of the Doctoral Thesis, including, if applicable, the modifications requested by the Committee.
  • To have accredited English language proficiency at an advanced level, equivalent to the top score of the B2 band according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and in accordance with the operationalization protocol established by the Graduate School of the Office of the Vice President for Research.
  • To have passed the Ethics and Integrity in Research Workshop, the Teaching Skills Development Workshop, and another cross-cutting skills workshop (all with CPD [College of Doctoral Programs] acronym).
  • To have passed the “Teaching Activity” (ANT3040)
  • To be the main authors of a scientific article submitted to a mainstream journal or book in the case of a Thesis in Traditional format, and of two scientific articles if the Thesis is developed in article format (ANT3041).
  • To have passed the “International Internship” activity (ANT3042).
  • To have carried out at least two annual follow-up activities while the students were in regular status within the Program.
  • To have no debts of any kind with the University.
  • To have entered the final text of the Thesis approved by the Thesis Committee in the repository of the UC Library System.
  • Comply with any other administrative requirements of the Program.

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