PhD Studentship: African Climate Science

The Peter Carpenter African Climate Scholarship

The University of Sussex invites applications for two fully funded PhD scholarships for research into African climate science. The Peter Carpenter African Climate Scholarship is open to citizens of African countries only. The start date is September 2016 or January 2017. The scholarship covers 100% of tuition fees and provides a stipend for living expenses of approximately £14,000.

The PhD programme

The PhD projects will hosted within the Climate Science and Society Research (CSSR) group in the department of Geography, where there is a vibrant research programme into the African climate and related fields. Our aims are to better understand the nature, causes, impacts and consequences of climate variability/change and their representation in models, leading to improved climate information to inform decision-making in water and agricultural planning and risk management.

Climate Change research at Sussex

The CCSR is part of a wider cross-campus Sussex Climate Change initiative. The network brings together world leading researchers from the University of Sussex and the Institute for Development Studies (IDS) in a multi-disciplinary programme of research and teaching to improve our understanding of how climate change is developing, the impacts on people and the implications for mitigation and adaptation policy and action. As such, our doctoral students are part of a vibrant hub of climate research and teaching.

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Applications should be submitted by August 10th 2016

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PhD Studentship: Emerging Black Middle Class in South Africa

The Department of Social Research invites applications for a fixed term from 1.1.2017 to 30.4.2020. The field of the position is Social and Cultural Anthropology and it relates to the Doctoral Programme in Social Sciences. Social and Cultural Anthropology is a small but vibrant unit with two professors, three university lecturers and 16 researchers and PhD students.

The position exists within an Academy of Finland-funded project entitled "The Morality of Success among the Emerging Black Middle Class in South Africa". This project investigates the aims, practices and moral values of different segments of the emerging Black middle class in South Africa. It contributes to two main bodies of scholarly literature: the social scientific research on the values of the Black middle class and the anthropological research on morality. The project employs one (already identified) post-doctoral researcher in addition to the PhD student to be selected through this call.

The successful candidate will be required to undertake the collection of research material in South Africa and the writing of a PhD dissertation based upon this material. We are seeking a candidate with specialization and a proven track record in anthropology, and with some research experience in South Africa. The prospective PhD student is expected to conduct comparative research on the practices and values of entrepreneurs and employed persons who belong to the new or the emerging Black middle class. The site of the empirical research is preferably (although not necessarily) the Johannesburg region. The time reserved for field work in South Africa is 10-12 months. In addition to conducting research and completing his/her postgraduate studies and the PhD Thesis, the doctoral student is expected to participate in the teaching of anthropology. The selected student is to affiliate herself/himself with the unit of Anthropology and the Doctoral Program of Social Sciences and, with the exception of fieldwork and holiday periods, will be required to reside in the Helsinki area for the duration of the project. The working language of the project will be English.

The duties of a doctoral student are the completion of his or her postgraduate studies, including the doctoral thesis. The duties also include part-time teaching and other tasks.

A doctoral student applicant must hold a Master's degree and have a research proposal submitted with the application. Other requirements include demonstrated ability and motivation, to pursue postgraduate studies and a doctoral degree according to the approved study plan and research proposal.

The University of Helsinki offers a salary dependent on qualifications and work experience. The salary is based on levels 2–4 of the job requirement scheme for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee shall be paid a salary component based on personal work performance. The salary is EUR 2180–3100 per month, depending on the appointee's qualifications and work experience. The appointment starts with a probationary period of four months.

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PhD Studentship: Global Studies

PSL Research University Paris and the Program Global Studies offer two doctoral fellowships, to start in 2016-7. Candidates can be from every field in the humanities and social sciences. Their projects must express a clear global topic and analysis related to the main axes of the program (hereafter).

Global studies includes both research and teaching in all fields in the humanities and social sciences; it recasts global studies as a global enterprise, creating a space for graduate students to formulate ideas and refine research strategies collaboratively across institutional boundaries and national traditions.

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PhD studentship: ‘Changing Cultures in Health and Medicine’

Deadline for applications: Friday 3rd June 2016, 4pm

The University of Liverpool is seeking applications for a fully funded PhD studentship in the Medical Humanities and Social Sciences to be associated with the Centre for Health, Arts and Science (CHARTS). Alongside PhD research, the successful candidate will play a role in raising the profile of research in this area, including developing the web presence for the Centre.

This studentship will provide support for up to three years of full-time study, or six years of part-time study, on a programme leading to the award of a doctoral degree. Funding includes a stipend of £14,057 (equivalent to RCUK rate, subject to confirmation for 2016/17) for three years (full time) and PhD registration fees at standard UK/EU student rate. This studentship is expected to start no later than October 2016.

Proposals should be rooted in the humanities and/or social sciences (rather than clinical disciplines) and should be developed by the candidate in consultation with a proposed supervisor (please see the list of indicative supervisors below and consult their staff pages to guide you in potential research areas). The research should address the broad theme of Changing Cultures in Health and Medicine. This might include, though is in no way limited to:

  • changing historical or contemporary cultures of medical practice;
  • activist groups as agents for change in relation to health and medicine;
  • the role of health care and medicine in changing political, economic, social and cultural contexts;
  • the role of new technologies in cultural understandings of medicine, health and the body;
  • the role of the arts in health and wellbeing.

CHARTS is an interdisciplinary centre which recognises the vital role that arts, humanities and creativity can play in enhancing medical and scientific practice as well as in extending our understanding of health and well-being across an individual's life cycle and in different kinds of communities.

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