PhD Studentship, University of Roehampton

Fully-funded PhD studentship: University of Roehampton

The University of Roehampton is a partner institution of the Global Challenges Research Fund/Arts and Humanities Research Council project titled, Rising from the Depths: Utilising Marine Cultural Heritage in East Africa to Help Sustainable Social, Economic, and Cultural Benefits. In support of, and integral to, this project the University is offering 4 fully-funded (with bursaries) PhD studentships for social anthropology projects. A major condition for the scholarships is that applicants must be nationals of Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania or Madagascar – countries which are the focus of the project.

Funding, for each of the studentships, is available for 3 years full-time study. The bursary includes tuition waver and a stipend of £16.777 per year. It is expected that the successful applicants will each contribute up to 6 hours of work, per week, over a 40 week year, to the university.

These studentships will be based at the University of Roehampton (there is no provision for distance-learning PhDs) with a period, or periods, of fieldwork in the country that is the focus of the research project.

In order to be flexible in terms of perspectives we have not set specific research projects. However, we are interested in projects that are social anthropological, based on ethnographic fieldwork, in the area of ‘maritime practices’. Such practices might include, for example, but are not limited to, those within fishing; harvesting marine and coastal resources; sailing and knowledge of the sea; boatbuilding; artisanal crafts and skills; trading; heritage conservation and reconstruction; tourism and guiding; arts focusing on the sea and the coast; maritime food cultures; health, nutrition, and well-being etc. In addition to having excellent anthropological potential, the projects should also address issues of benefits, as set out in the title of the overall project.

Applicants should have a Masters-level degree in social anthropology or in a related disciplinary area, for example sociology, human geography, environmental studies etc.

The call for applications will close on 31st August 2018 and we hope to interview short-listed candidates in early September. Successful applicants will be expected to start the PhD programme in January 2019.

Applicants are encouraged to look at the details of the project at our website:

You may contact Professor Garry Marvin,, who will be overseeing the anthropological aspects of the project, for an informal discussion of PhD ideas.

Applications should be submitted to: NB: deadline of 30 June does not apply to this studentship

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