The Society, Work, and Development Institute (SWOP) and the Sociology Department at the University of the Witwatersrand seek to recruit a Ph.D Fellow for a Volkswagen Foundation funded research project – “Networked Religiocities” – within the framework of the funding initiative: Knowledge for Tomorrow: Fellowships in the Humanities in Sub-Saharan and North Africa . The scholarship will cover a monthly living stipend, student medical cover, and tuition fees for a period of 36 months.Research Project: “Networked Religiocities: Transnational Urban Religious Flows in Africa”
Scope of Work

  • The Fellow is expected to conduct doctoral research, focusing on an “innovative” topic relating to the (re-) generative potency of religious networks, circuits, and/or flows between Lagos (Nigeria) and Johannesburg (South Africa).
  • S/he will be registered in the Department of Sociology at the University of the Witwatersrand.
  • The Fellow will work very closely with, and will be supervised by, Dr. Obvious Katsaura who is the lead researcher for the “Networked Religiocities” project.


  • Masters Degree in Sociology, Anthropology, Urban Studies, Political Studies, Religious Studies, or related disciplines, with an average pass of at least 70% and above.
  • The candidate must have proven research interests in questions of religion, of the urban, and/or of transnationalism.

How To Apply
Required documents
• Cover letter
• Full CV
• Copies of degree certificates and academic transcripts
• 2500 worded pre-proposal
• A sample of written/ published work
• Two letters of reference
The pre-proposal may be structured as follows: 1) Introduction; 2) Research Problem; 3) Research Question(s); 4) Theoretical Framework; 5) Methodological Approach.

  • All documents must be sent to the SWOP administrator, Ms. Ntombenhle (Enhle) Khanyase ( with ‘SWOP-Sociology Ph.D Fellowship’ in the subject line.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • The submission should also be copied to Dr. Obvious Katsaura at [email protected]
  • For any specific information related to the project, email Dr. Obvious Katsaura.

Deadline: The closing date for applications is Friday 27 January 2017. Short-listed candidates will be called for interview. The successful candidate should be prepared to start as soon as s/he receives the offer.

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