UEA-Copenhagen joint PhD Scholarship in Religion and Social Change in Africa

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The Centre of African Studies at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH) and the School of International Development at UEA advertise one 3-year PhD Postgraduate Research Studentship researching religion and social change in Africa, starting October 2020 if feasible, or February 2021.

Application Deadline: 31st August 2020

Reference: Copenhagen_U20DEV

Eligible Field(s): Applications are invited for original empirical research projects, including significant fieldwork, focusing on religion and social change. Topics including the role of religious actors and practices, new religious movements, faith-based organisations, Christian, Islamic and African indigenous religions, non-religious movements with possible links to themes like local politics, public discourse, media, globalisation, citizenship, governance, education, agriculture, and livelihoods are encouraged.

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Type: PhD


  • Applicants must have excellent academic qualifications and a background in African studies, anthropology, political science, development studies or a closely related discipline.
  • Evidence of competence in English may be required. Relevant work experience may also be considered.
  • Full guidance on academic requirements and UEA Research Studentships  is available at https://www.uea.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/research-degrees
  • We expect applicants to have a background in the fields of African Studies, Anthropology, Political Science, Development Studies or a closely related discipline.
  • The standard minimum entry requirement is 2:1.  Applicants should hold a good Master’s degree in a relevant discipline.

Eligible Countries: Any

To be Taken at (Country): Norwich, Copenhagen – Denmark

Number of Awards: 1

Value of Award:

  • The successful candidate will be offered a Cotutelle arrangement co-supervised by staff at the Centre of African Studies and the School of International Development. Study time will be divided between the two universities, starting at UEA. Candidates will be enrolled at both institutions with respective opportunities and requirements. Successful completion will result in both institutions awarding PhD degrees.
  • This co-financed award offers a combination of UEA studentship and PhD stipend at UCPH. During the first two years the student will receive a UEA studentship covering tuition fees, a tax-free maintenance grant (£15,285pa 20/21), and a research training support grant (£750 per year), paid through UEA. During the last year, a 12-months’ taxable salary (~330,000 DKK per year) is paid through UCPH.

Duration of Award: 3 years

How to Apply: Apply here

  • It is important to go through all application requirements in the Award Webpage (see Link below) before applying.

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