Portuguese Studies Program

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Portuguese Studies Program

The Portuguese Studies Program (PSP) is a program within University of California, Berkeley's Institute of European Studies (IES ) which is part of International Area Studies (IAS). Since its establishment in 1994, its many activities have been supported by the Fundação Luso-Americana para o Desenvolvimento (FLAD) of Lisbon and various UC Berkeley programs. The Portuguese Studies Program is a distinct entity from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese (which teaches language, literature and culture). PSP works with all departments on campus to bring distinguished scholars to campus, sponsor conferences and workshops, develop courses, and support research by students and faculty.

The program's goals are various and interlocking:

  • to support intellectual work clarifying the complicated and powerful role played by Portugal on the world stage and in Europe;
  • to promote the understanding of contemporary social, economic, political and cultural developments within Portuguese borders;
  • to foster collaboration between Portuguese and American researchers in their work on various technical, economic, cultural and environmental issues;
  • to spotlight the crucial and complex but often overlooked experience and contributions of the Portuguese-American community;
  • to improve the UC educational experience for students of Portuguese heritage.

To strengthen scientific, academic and cultural ties between the Berkeley campus, northern California and Portugal, the PSP works with Portugal and its representatives in the U.S., various California and Portuguese institutions of higher learning, and a number of Portuguese-American organizations. PSP offers fellowships to doctoral students whose research concerns Portugal, and administers scholarships and fellowships for study at UC Berkeley to undergraduate and graduate students of Portuguese descent.

PSP is funded by a grant established by the Fundação Luso-Americana para o Desenvolvimento, with additional support from The University of California, Berkeley.

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207 Moses Hall, #2316
University of California
Berkeley, CA  94720-2316


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