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Background and characteristics

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The Graduate Program in History, Politics and Cultural Heritage (PPHPBC) started in 2003 when an experienced team from the Center for Research and Documentation of Contemporary History of Brazil, Fundação Getulio Vargas (currently, School of Social Sciences — FGV/CPDOC) created the Professional Master’s Program in Cultural Heritage and Social Projects. At a second stage, in 2007, the Academic Master’s and the PhD Program in History, Politics and Cultural Heritage was implemented. In the most recent four-year evaluation of graduate programs carried out by CAPES, PPHPBC received a score of 5.

By creating an academic master’s and an academic PhD program in history, CPDOC seeks to qualify professionals capable of both producing knowledge and training new knowledge producers based on an intense dialogue with the social sciences. The creation of these programs was based on a plan of expanding and diversifying the scope of graduate studies in history, rather than competing with traditional history programs in the region. The emphasis on political history, particularly on republican Brazil, combined with an analytical concern with cultural heritage and, more recently, an additional emphasis on urban challenges and international relations, make the programs truly unique. These unique qualities are further underscored by the programs’ interdisciplinarity, justified by the vision that has guided CPDOC’s belief from the start, that is, that the current dynamism of historiography is largely due to the dialogue that it promoted with the social sciences.    Continue...


The academic master’s and the academic PhD program offered by CPDOC are exempt from tuition fees. The number of scholarships awarded by funding agencies to PPHPBC students has been increasing, further proof of the program’s exceptional reputation. In addition to these regular scholarships, some students receive scholarships for faculty-led research projects.

The last few years have witnessed a marked emphasis on the internationalization of PPHPBC. In a more general and enduring sense, this effort translates into the establishment of agreements with foreign research and education institutions under which different initiatives are undertaken: collaborative research projects, visits by faculty and students, and the promotion of joint events and publications. For more information on the agreements established, please visit the CPDOC Portal. In 2018, PPHPBC was included in CAPES’ Institutional Program for Internationalization (CAPES-Print) for activities designed to boost the internationalization of graduate studies involving students and faculty.


To educate high-level professionals familiar with current methodological and epistemological debates that characterize the fields of history and the social sciences, focusing on the historical dimension of social phenomena and the adoption of an interdisciplinary perspective. These professionals are expected to be inserted in national and international knowledge production networks, dimensions considered fundamental for the quality of academic production and for the qualification of educators working at different levels of education, especially higher education.


To establish research groups that bring together faculty, students, and external participants, such as postdoctoral fellows and undergraduate students, to foster connections and dialogue with the national and international academic community;


To prepare candidates to produce quality master’s theses and doctoral dissertations that contribute to the production of knowledge in the fields of history and the social sciences;


To produce events that attract the academic community in general, and that promote discussion around current themes connected with historiographical debates and topics of interest to the society at large;


To serve as a hub for postdoctoral researchers;


To support and encourage students to participate in research programs abroad through exchange scholarships;


To constantly improve the program’s academic standing through regular self-assessments that allow for improvements to the operating structure, intellectual production indicators and, above all, the renewal of the institutional commitment to graduate studies at CPDOC.

Committees formed by PPHPBC

The entire faculty collaborate with the day-to-day administration of PPHPBC. Committees are constituted throughout the four-year period. The adoption of a rotation system ensures the participation and dedication of all faculty members in decisions such as selection for awards, admissions and other selection processes, preparation of manuals, distribution of scholarships, preparation of projects to compete for competitive public grants, among others. The list of committees formed in the most recent four-year period can be consulted below.

       2020 Committees  Comissões
       2019 Committees   Comissões
       2018 Committees   Comissões
       2017 Committees   Comissões

Comissões do PPHPBC



Estudos Históricos

Estudos Históricos is a quarterly journal that deals in each issue with a specific theme and aims to publish new work with a historical perspective and interdisciplinary profile by researchers from the national and international academic community in the fields of history, social sciences, and other related fields. Linked to the CPDOC/FGV Graduate Program in History, Politics and Cultural Heritage (PPHPBC), the journal is classified as A1 in Qualis CAPES in the areas of history and interdisciplinarity. Access.

Mosaico Journal

Mosaico Journal

Mosaico is a biannual scientific publication by the student body of the Graduate Program in History, Politics and Cultural Heritage (PPHPBC). It aims to promote the dissemination of scientific knowledge and enrich academic debate through the publication of articles focused on the areas of human sciences and social sciences, developed from the most diverse theoretical and historiographical perspectives, respecting interdisciplinarity and valuing dialogue among different disciplines. Access