The doctoral program is largely concerned with the states, cultures and societies of Latin America and gives young researchers the opportunity to complete their doctorate in an interdisciplinary and internationally oriented curriculum and research program. During the course of the program and the research process, different perspectives are brought together and expanded on with interdisciplinary and regional knowledge. The normal degree program requires six semesters.
The goal of the doctoral program is to train highly qualified researchers and provide them with the necessary support for carrying out exceptional research in their chosen areas of specialization (Cultural and Social Anthropology, Gender Studies, History, Literature and Cultures of Latin American, Economics, Political Science and Sociology).
Because the shared research object of Latin America has be reconceived in many ways, it is necessary to continually review and reconstruct the division of labor between specialized regional knowledge transfer and systematically oriented disciplines. For this reason, the majority of doctoral theses written at LAI take an interdisciplinary approach. The complex economic, social and cultural transformations in Latin America also call into question the research perspectives of the individual disciplines.