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Development Policy Studies Program for Latin America and the Caribbean

The Development Policy Studies Program for Latin America and the Caribbean is an opportunity to discuss development issues in-depth while respecting the pluralism inherent to development studies. During the Program, theoretical and empirical issues are addressed, emphasizing the experience of the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.

The Program is aimed at young researchers from around the world. Classes are taught by the School team and ECLAC staff, and also by prominent external teachers invited each year. 

The tuition and the course are exempt from payment by the participant, who is responsible for their transfer, travel, accommodation, and stay.


The program is structured in six modules: introduction to development, sustainable development, political development, economic development, social development, and development ethics.

Each module consists of six daily classes of two hours each, corresponding to 72 chronological hours of face-to-face classes.

In order to obtain the final certificate (issued by the School), students must have attended at least 80% of the classes and submitted a final paper, which can be developed during their stay at ECLAC.

Class hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 11:00 am. Classes are held at ECLAC's regional headquarters in Santiago de Chile.

The School makes ECLAC's infrastructure available to students, which consists of resources available at the Hernán Santa Cruz Library, computers and study areas, as well as access to the institution's seminars and open activities.

Application process and requirements

Requirements: University degree in disciplines related to the social sciences or humanities. Preference will be given to students who are currently enrolled in a graduate program or who have recently completed a graduate degree. Fluency in English and Spanish is required, as classes are taught in both languages.

Applicants should complete the application form and ask a supervisor or person familiar with their academic background and/or work experience to send a letter of reference to the contact email address.