University of Leiden Joint Funded PhD Studentship 2022

The closing date for applications is 5pm 1st March 2022 with online interviews expected in March/April 2022.


University of Leiden Joint Funded PhD Studentship 2022,We are announcing a new three-year PhD scholarship for a project co-supervised between the University of Edinburgh Centre of African Studies (CAS) and the African Studies Centre at the University of Leiden (ASCL) to begin in September 2022.

The successful applicant will be based at the University of Edinburgh, PhD programme in African Studies, and will be co-supervised by Dr Barbara Bompani and Prof Rijk van Dijk.

This PhD position is linked to the CAS-ASCL joint doctoral programme on urban studies in Africa and the successful applicant will be expected to take part in the exchanges that this programme features together with the fellow PhD students who are already part of the programme. Supervisory meetings with both supervisors will regularly run online while there will be opportunities for in person meetings with supervisors in Edinburgh and in Leiden during mutual exchange visits.


To be eligible, applicants must:

  • have received an excellent undergraduate degree (minimum of a high 2.1) in the social sciences from an accredited university in Africa (a Masters degree achieved with distinction will be an advantage).
  • not have previously received a degree from a university outside Africa.
  • be a citizen of, and be normally domiciled in, an African country.
  • demonstrate commitment to studying for a PhD in African Studies.
  • demonstrate leadership potential and intention to maximize the impact of their research.
  • have received an offer to study for the MSc in Africa and International Development and/or the PhD in African Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Preference will be given to those studying conflict resolution, elections, technology, peace building and/or governance in African contexts, although the selection panel may consider other areas in the field of politics and international development.
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These Scholarships were made possible through generous funding from the Stephen Gordon Catto Charitable Trust and will cover full fees as well as a monthly maintenance stipend throughout the one-year MSc and subsequent three years of PhD study.


Deadline: 1st March 2022

The research proposal should be no more than 2,000 words (4 pages in total, excluding references). It must include the following sections:Overview: a general introduction to your research topic and idea, with an explanation of its significance. This should include the aims and the research question(s) to be addressed.

Context: situate the research within relevant academic literature(s). This should demonstrate how you connect the topic to your existing knowledge, new bodies of literature you would like to explore and their relation the proposed study. For example, does your project seek to build on existing scholarship, challenge it, or fill a gap? You should also discuss theoretical issues relevant to your research. For example, what theoretical debates could your research relate to? Which theories do you want to apply, test or critique in your research?

Methodology: provide a detailed account of the methodologies that you would like to use to address your research questions, your sources of data, and an explanation for why these methods are most appropriate for the task. Please note, it is not enough to simply say ‘quantitative’, ‘qualitative’ or ‘mixed-method’. You need to explain which specific methods you would want to use, which ones you know and what you would like to learn e.g. ethnography, interviews, archival research, data-analysis, scientometric analysis, etc. You also need to be specific about your data sources. For example, if proposing archival research, which archives? If proposing an ethnography, where is your proposed field site?

Where information is missing, the application may not be considered.

Email the PDF file with the email subject title ‘Religion and Mobility’ to the following address by the application deadline – [email protected]

  • A letter of support from a relevant academic, e.g. former supervisor or mentor.
  • Degree transcripts (translations should be provided if the originals are not in English)
  • A research proposal of no more than 2,000 words, excluding references. The proposal should relate to the topic as detailed above.
  • Academic CV to include full name, nationality, place of birth and country of domicile.

We acknowledge it is difficult to be completely sure about every detail of a project at this early stage, but you need to demonstrate that you have an idea and a viable plan which you can elaborate on further in the first year of the PhD and in interaction with your supervisors.

Applicants should bear in mind that their proposals will also be evaluated in terms of clarity and presentation, so leaving time for proof reading and ensuring that referencing is done to a high academic standard before submitting is strongly recommended.

The University has also produced a document entitled How to Write a Good Postgraduate Research Proposal, which gives useful advice:

The deadline for applications is 5pm 1st March 2022.

Applicants are required to provide the following information saved WITHIN ONE PDF FILE.

For more information, please visit the official webpage.

Mark Griffith

Phd student. I am researching: Scholarships, Fellowships, interships, workshops, volunteers, government subsidies etc.

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