African Research Universities Alliance Doctoral Fellowships on Mobility & Sociality in Africa’s Emerging Urban

African Research Universities Alliance Doctoral Fellowships on Mobility & Sociality in Africa’s Emerging Urban


The African Centre for Migration & Society at Wits University is seeking applications for up to three doctoral students whose work will support the African Research Universities Alliance’s (ARUA) Mobility and Sociality in Africa’s Emerging Urban research program.

About the Award:

This initiative is a scholarly response to unprecedented levels of urbanisation and mobility driven by conflict, ambition, and respatialising economies. It is intended to develop African-based contributions to theories of human mobility and transforming modes of social engagement, authority, representation, and expression.

This initiative brings together five African universities dedicated to cultivating a generation of African scholars dedicated to reshaping global social theory and scholarly conversations on mobility, cities, and social change.

It promises to open novel scholarly frontiers and enhance pedagogy and partnerships in ways that positively transform the continent’s universities. The initiative is dedicated to fostering interdisciplinarity, engagement with the arts, and creative research and outreach methodologies.

Field of Study: Doctoral fellowship proposals are invited for qualified social science and humanities students dedicated to work speaking to one or more of the following questions:

How are socio-cultural practices and politics understood by residents of highly mobile urban environments? What are the practical enacted ethics that enable people to make sense of varied diversities and to communicate and exchange across social divisions?

How do people make sense of difference without shared histories or the disciplining institutions of common states, religion, or markets?

How does widespread translocalism and ongoing mobility reshape urban morphologies and residential patterns; social interactions; subjective understanding of citizenship; representation and civic identity: what is political society in spaces only loosely structured by states and formal markets?

How are these changing people’s imagination of traditional hierarchies of age gender and family structure? How are these connected to new notions of morality rooted in age gender and social obligation?

Type:

  • Fellowship (Academic)

    Eligibility:

  • Students may be enrolled in any department within the University of the Witwatersrand’s Faculty of Humanities as long as they retain a co-supervision relationship with the African Centre for Migration & Society.
  • Successful applications will have completed an appropriate social science or humanities MA or related degree by the start of the fellowship and will have already been accepted into an appropriate department.
  • Special preference will be given to those who have studied or worked with ARUA members or associated universities.
  • These include Addis Ababa University; University of Cape Town; University of Dar es Salaam;
    Cheikh Anta Diop University; University of Ibadan; University of KwaZulu-Natal;
  • University of Ghana; University of Lagos; Obafemi Awolowo University; MakerereUniversity; University of Nairobi; National University of Rwanda; University of Pretoria; Rhodes University; University of Stellenbosch; University of the Witwatersrand.
  • Only students who have completed their degrees within the last three years will be considered.
  • Fellows will be expected to participate in an exchange program or collaborative activity with one or more of the project partners
  • Fellows are expected to participate actively in University life while dedicating most of their time preparing previous research for scholarly publication.
  • During their time they will be expected to lead one or more seminars on their work and prepare for future research initiatives.

    Value of Award:

  • Doctoral fellows will receive three years of support during which they will be expected to complete their degree and participate in an exchange program or collaborative activity with one or more of the project partners.
  • Fellows are expected to enrol as afull timestudents and participate actively in University life. During their time they will be expected to lead one or more seminars on their work.

    Duration of Program:

  • 3 years.

    How to Apply:

  • Applications should include:
  • A cover letter summarising past research, qualifications, and reasons for interest in the fellowship.
  • A complete academic CV;
  • A short proposal (1500 word maximum) outlining the proposed project;
  • Contact details for three professional reference letters speaking to the applicant’s ability to complete the proposed project;
  • A writing sample of not more than 15,000 words (e.g., a chapter; article; term paper).
  • Award Providers: African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA)
  • Interested candidates should apply online by 1st December 2018
  • For more information and job application details, see; African Research Universities Alliance Doctoral Fellowships on Mobility & Sociality in Africa’s Emerging Urban

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