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 programme.

With support from the Andrew Mellon Foundation, 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. It is dedicated to fostering interdisciplinarity, engagement with the arts, and creative research and outreach methodologies.

Worth 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 programme or collaborative activity with one or more of the project partners.
  • Fellows are expected to enrol as a full time-students and participate actively in University life.
  • During their time they will be expected to lead one or more seminars on their work.

Eligibility

Doctoral students whose work will support the African Research Universities Alliance’s (ARUA) Mobility and Sociality in Africa’s Emerging Urban research programme.

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).

Deadline: applications close midnight, 1 December 2018.

Selections will be completed by 15 January 2019 with successful candidates expected to have enrolled or begin their programme before February 2019. Students already enrolled are also eligible.

 

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