The Department of Anthropology at University College London seeks international postgraduate students to apply for the 2014 PhD studentships. The University has secured funding for 2 PhD Positions for four years for an exciting new ERC-funded project entitled ‘Emerging Subjects of the New Economy: Tracing Economic Growth in Mongolia’.
They will seek to understand how local economic engagements come to determine the economy in particular ways that gives rise to new capitalist vernaculars and forms of subjectivity. The project is composed of five distinct ethnographic studies, including a study of loan and credit systems, changing property regimes and understandings of ownership, religious and nationalist ideologies, and the mining industry itself. It involves working in a team, as well as carrying out independent fieldwork.
Worth of Award

  • The successful candidate will be expected to work independently as well as collaboratively with the team and engage actively in team research.
  • The candidate will be part of a group of researchers exploring the form of capitalism emerging in Mongolia’s mineral economy.
  • Other benefits of the award will be communicated to successful applicants.


  • An undergraduate or Masters degree in Anthropology is required.
  •  In addition, some field experience, the ability to work in a team, and familiarity with theoretical debates in economic anthropology, would be desirable.
  • The candidate must be willing to learn Mongolian (if not already fluent), and is expected to carry out fieldwork there for up to 12-16 months.
  • The research should focus, broadly, on the changing property market or new ideological economies, such as religious innovations.
  • The candidate is expected to take an active part in our reading and writing group, complete their PhD thesis, write an article based on their research for their edited volume, and present at a workshop while also contributing to a proposed exhibition showcasing their research.

How to Apply

  • Applicants should explain, in a short covering letter, what attracts them to this project, including a proposed research project relevant to the project, and what qualifies them for working in a team.
  • Applications should be accompanied by one writing sample (e.g. a Masters dissertation, or extended essay) and two references.
  • Please submit your application electronically at the following link (below), indicating Dr Rebecca Empson as your proposed supervisor

Deadline: Application closes April 1, 2014
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