Job: PhD Studentship on religion in Africa

University of Copenhagen and UEA

The Centre of African Studies at the University of Copenhagen and the School of International Development at the University of East Anglia are pleased to offer a 3-year PhD Postgraduate Research Studentship researching the relationship between religion and social change in Africa, starting in April 2019.  The award is available for Home/EU applicants.

Job Description

We are looking for original empirical research projects, with a significant element of fieldwork-based data collection, focused on a range of religious actors and practices, including new religious movements, faith-based organisations, Christian, Islamic and African traditional religions. They might address one of the following themes: local politics, public discourse, religion and the media, globalisation, citizenship, and governance.

The successful candidate will be offered a cotutelle arrangement co-supervised by staff at the Centre of African Studies and the School of International Development. Study time will be divided between the two universities, with a minimum of 18 months at UEA. Successful completion will result in the award of PhD degrees from both institutions.

Job Requirements

Evidence of competence in English may be required. Relevant work experience may also be considered.

Applicants are expected to have a background in the fields of African studies, anthropology, political science, development studies or a closely related discipline. The standard minimum entry requirement is 2:1 in your first degree and a good Masters degree in a relevant discipline.

For further information, please contact Dr. Karen Lauterbach (, or Dr. Ben Jones (

Funding Notes

This co-financed award offers a combination of UEA studentship and PhD stipend at the University of Copenhagen. UEA Studentships cover tuition fees, a tax-free maintenance grant (currently £14,777 per year), and a research training support grant (£750 per year). The PhD stipend at the University of Copenhagen offers a 12-month's taxable salary (~322,642 DKK).

The type of programme: PhD
Application deadline: 4th February 2019 (23:59 UK Time)
Start date of the project:  1st April 2019
Mode of study: Full time

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