How to apply

Graduate Application Process

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Hispanic Studies at Brown. We invite you to explore all sections of our website, where you will find detailed information about the structure of the program, the courses we offer, the profiles of our faculty and current graduate students, as well as practical guidelines for the application process itself. If you have any specific questions, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Felipe Martínez-Pinzón

The online application for our PhD program is available through the graduate school website, including an electronic application form. Required materials include: a two-page (maximum) statement of your research interests, in English; a CV; a writing sample in Spanish on a subject related to Hispanic literature (12-15 pages double-spaced maximum; do not exceed this length, and do not submit more than one sample); a 2-minute video statement in Spanish about a book or article which has been important to you in your studies (please send a recorded video directly to; you may prepare notes in advance, but please do not read your response; we're most interested in hearing you talk about a subject of interest to you); three letters of recommendation; transcripts; current GRE scores; and where applicable, a current TOEFL score (minimum 90 points) or IELTS (minimum overall band score: 7).

The deadline for application to the program is January 3rd; a faculty committee will evaluate materials over the following weeks, and we will contact applicants in early February. Successful applicants will be invited for a one-day visit to campus in early March.

Successful applicants will have strong prior training in Hispanic literature or a related field at either the BA or MA level, native or near-native proficiency in Spanish, and excellent writing skills. Ideally, they will also have a sense of research paths they might follow during their time in Brown’s PhD program. On average we admit 3 students per year, which allows for close interaction with faculty, while also producing a tightly-knit cohort to work together closely, inside and outside the classroom.

We provide a generous funding package for five years, consisting of a stipend, tuition remission, health services fee, a health insurance subsidy, and including four summers of financial support; many of our students also qualify for a sixth-year dissertation-completion fellowship. Further support is available for travel for research or conference participation. Brown University also offers several exciting possibilities for further support through other programs on campus, for instance the recently instituted Open Graduate Education initiative which allows students to pursue an MA in a second field (with the help of an additional  year of funding). Students are also encouraged to apply for short-term fellowships sponsored by the Office of International Affairs, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the John Carter Brown library, the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, and the Cogut Center for the Humanities, including the Mellon Graduate Student Workshop.

We look forward to reading your application!