CLACSO is the largest Latin American and Caribbean academic network. It comprises over 587 research and postgraduate institutions from 46 countries throughout the region and also in Europe, the United States, Australia and Russia. It hosts hundreds of academic activities every year which attract more than 15,000 researchers from around the world.
It was created in 1967 by an initiative of UNESCO, organization in which today CLACSO also holds consultative status. CLACSO’s objective is to promote international academic exchange and cooperation in the field of the social sciences and humanities.
Who can take part in CLACSO?
Institutions devoted to research and/or postgraduate studies on any field of social sciences and humanities, located in any Latin American or Caribbean country. The latter become part of CLACSO network as FULL MEMBER CENTERS.
- Institutions devoted to research and/or postgraduate studies which are interested in Latin America and the Caribbean, and which are located outside Latin America and the Caribbean. The latter become part of CLACSO network as PARTNER INSTITUTIONS.
Academic associations, forums or networks not dedicated to research, but develop actions engaged in any aspect of social sciences and humanities, located in or outside Latin America and the Caribbean. The latter become part of CLACSO network as PARTNER NETWORKS.
What are the advantages and opportunities of becoming a "partner institution"?
Join and participate in one of the largest and most representative academic networks worldwide. As a “partner institution,” your center, its researchers and students have the opportunity to participate in many of the cooperation, exchange and production activities developed by CLACSO; for example,
- participate in any of the Council’s 47 Working Groups (which develop more than 250 academic activities per year both within the Latin American and Caribbean region and outside).
- become a part of CLACSO’s Graduate Programs Network, which consists of more than 700 graduate programs (both Masters and Doctoral) in 25 countries.
- gain access to information and support for the organization of academic visits or stays for graduate students or research teams in any Latin American or Caribbean country.
- include all of your scholarly institutional production (and that of your researchers) in CLACSO’s Virtual Library, one of the largest digital repositories in the world in the field of the social sciences and humanities, with more than 1 million monthly downloads.
- include all of your audiovisual production on CLACSO TV, an audiovisual platform with more than 1.000 hours of programming, including CLACSO’s own productions and an enormous file with access to the production and records from institutions which participate in the Council.
- upload all of your bibliographic production to the Latin American and Caribbean Social Science Library, which further helps disseminate productions and provides a link to its own sales system.
- conduct joint publications with CLACSO Books and access the extensive international publishing distribution network available to the Council.
- participate in the activities of the South-South Program, an ample space for exchange and cooperation with academic institutions in Africa and Asia, developed in accordance with institutions of great regional scope such as the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and the Arab Council for the Social Sciences (ACSS).
- participate in Virtual Courses and International Institutes offered and organized by CLACSO’s Graduate Programs Network.
- participate in the diverse activities promoted by the Program on Poverty and Inequality Studies including meetings, institutes and workshops.
- participate in the Latin American and Caribbean Conferences on Social Sciences which take place every three years and are one of the academic world’s most important events.
- participate in CLACSO’s General Assemblies which also take place every three years within the framework of the Conferences.
How can an institution become a member of CLACSO?
The application process is quite simple and can be done in a few minutes. Cliquee aquí para ingresar al sistema de asociación.
The institutions interested in joining CLACSO should be associated in the category that corresponds, according to its characteristics
How much does it cost to be a member of CLACSO?
MEMBER CENTERS pay an annual membership fee of USD 1.000 (one thousand U.S. dollars). The payment of such fee enables them to obtain direct financial support from CLACSO by means of scholarships or research subsidies, participation in Working Groups, publications, as well as scholarships or partial scholarships for any of the activities of the Virtual Training Area. Further, MEMBER CENTERS have a right to speak and to vote in General Assemblies, and are represented in the COUNCIL’s governing bodies. They also elect, among their members, the Executive Secretary of the institution.
PARTNER INSTITUTIONS AND NETWORKS do not pay a membership fee. Therefore, they can not receive any direct financial support from CLACSO, or participate with a right to vote in General Assemblies and governing bodies.