How to apply

Graduate Application Process

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Hispanic Studies at Brown.  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 statement of your research interests, in English; a CV; a writing sample in Spanish on a subject related to Hispanic literatures (4000-5000 words, or 12-15 pages double-spaced; please do not submit more than one sample).  You must also provide a 2-minute video statement in Spanish about a book, film, or theoretical article which has been important to you in your studies (please send the recorded video to [email protected]We also require three letters of recommendation (in English or Spanish); transcript (in English or Spanish); and where applicable, a current TOEFL score (minimum 90 points) or IELTS (minimum overall band score: 7). Please note that we no longer require GRE scores as part of the application.


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 visit to campus in March.


Successful applicants will have strong prior training in Hispanic literatures 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 and are encouraged to apply for competitive interdisciplinary opportunities.  Support is available throughout each student’s time with us for attending conferences, carrying out research, and learning languages.  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 Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studiesthe John Carter Brown librarythe Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, and the Cogut Center for the Humanities, including the Mellon Graduate Student Workshops.


If you have any specific questions, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies: [email protected]


We look forward to reading your application!