The University of Virginia is accepting applications for its Spanish Ph.D. program beginning Fall of 2021

Charlotte Rogers's picture
January 15, 2021
Virginia, United States
Subject Fields: 
Black History / Studies, Borderlands, Languages, Latin American and Caribbean History / Studies, Spanish and Portuguese History / Studies

The University of Virginia is currently accepting applications for its Spanish Ph.D. program beginning in the Fall of 2021


 The Spanish graduate program at the University of Virginia is pleased to announce it is accepting applications for the 2021-2022 academic year. Our Ph.D. program has long been a highly-ranked leader in the field, and our faculty actively works at the forefront of contemporary research directions. Our core mission is to cultivate excellence in scholarship and pedagogy in all areas of Spanish-language literary and cultural studies. Our students go on to careers based in research, writing, teaching, and international engagement. We invite prospective students to peruse our faculty web pages to get a sense of our research interests and publications. This year we are recruiting talented applicants for Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowships in Indigenous Studies and Caribbean Literatures, Arts, and Cultures.


The Department confers both a Master of Arts (M.A.) and Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Spanish.  Some students enter the Ph.D. program with an M.A. from another institution, while others receive the M.A. en route to the Ph.D.

In our increasingly interconnected world, interdisciplinary research is a central feature of our program. Graduate students in Spanish have the opportunity to explore literary and cultural studies in Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese and to contribute to Global South Studies within the department. Students are encouraged to take courses in related fields, including Media Studies, the Carter G.Woodson Institute for African-American and African StudiesAnthropology/LinguisticsFrench EnglishHistoryWomen, Gender, and Sexuality, and Religious Studies.  Outside the department, the Spanish program collaborates with research centers and initiatives including: 

Americas Center/ Centro de las Américas

 Greater Caribbean Studies Network

 Institute for the Humanities and Global Cultures

 Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation

 Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities

 Environmental Humanities

 Scholars’ Lab

 Global South Lab

 Mellon Indigenous Arts Program

Digital Humanities Graduate Certificate


We offer extremely competitive fellowship packages.  Admitted students may be selected for the Interdisciplinary Fellowship in Caribbean Literatures, Arts, and Cultures, the Jefferson Fellowship, and the Bridge to the Doctorate program. In recent years, our students have been awarded the prestigious American Council of Learned Societies fellowships and departmental fellowships that support research and learning in Spain and Latin America. Graduate students collaborate closely with faculty members, and have opportunities for mentorship both within and beyond the department. Our approximately 40 graduate students are diverse, talented, and deeply engaged. Roughly thirty percent of them are native speakers of Spanish. The department seeks to recruit a diverse pool of graduate applicants and to create an equitable and inclusive climate in the program and in the University of Virginia community. The department’s Director of Diversity and Inclusion serves as a support, advocate, and resource on diversity, equity, and inclusion issues, referring students to resources within and outside department. 


Accepted students who progress satisfactorily through the program receive:


·      Full payment of tuition and fees 


·      Annual living support of $24,000 for a minimum of five years (an annual stipend of $20,000, plus $4,000 of summer support)


·      Full payment of single-person coverage under the University’s student health insurance plan 


·      Full fellowship support in years one and five with no teaching responsibilities, with a teaching expectation of three courses in each of years two, three and four


·          Training in language pedagogy under the direction of our language program director that provides opportunities for teaching language at all levels and courses focusing on literature and culture



Please direct interested students to our department’s application webpage and to the University of Virginia’s Graduate Admissions page. We welcome your recommendations for prospective graduate students. Please feel free to contact Charlotte Rogers, our Director of Graduate Admissions at with any questions or suggestions.



Contact Info: 
Charlotte Rogers
Lisa Smith Discovery Chair
Associate Professor of Spanish
Director, Spanish Graduate Admissions 
University of Virginia
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