PhD Scholarships: Call for Applications – Certifications of Citizenship in Africa (CERTIZENS) Research Programme


With funding from the Danish Development Research Council, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS), Makerere University is inviting applications from well-qualified students for two interdisciplinary PhD positions as part of the Uganda country component of a cross-country collaborative research programme titled Certifications of Citizenship in Africa (CERTIZENS). This is a collaboration between the Department of Development Studies at Makerere University, the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana and the Centre of African Studies at the University of Copenhagen.

CERTIZENS is an interdisciplinary, multi-layered research project, which explores the complexities of regimes of citizen certification and the forms of identification these generate, circulate, manage and attempt to control, in selected African settings.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate education and independent research experience within a relevant academic discipline such as African studies, anthropology, development studies, history, human geography, and politics. The applicant should have excellent oral and written communication skills in English, as well as strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills.

Duration: 4 years

Funding includes:

  • tuition and other university fees
  • living expenses
  • medical insurance
  • research and travel for fieldwork and conferences
  • a laptop computer.

Applicants should;

  • Hold a relevant Master degree from a recognised university, completed not more than ten years prior to this application
  • Show proof of fluency in English
  • Be a national of an African country (proven through the biodata page of a passport or national ID card)
  • Show proof of availability to undertake a full-time PhD for four years
  • Be under the age of 40 years by 31 December 2020.
Application Process

Fill the form found at Click on ‘Admissions’ then ‘Online Applications’.

It should include;

  • A brief motivation letter addressed to The Principal, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Makerere University,
  • A research proposal maximum of four pages, to include a brief outline of the envisaged project, and how it might be approached theoretically and methodologically
  • A recently updated CV
  • Two letters of reference from academic referees familiar with the applicant’s work

(These referees must be the same mentioned on the application form).

To  assess the form, click here

Deadline: September 4, 2020

For more information, visit the official site.