Saturday, January 16, 2010

PhD scholarships at the Centre for African Studies, Basel

The Centre for African Studies Basel calls for applications for two doctoral positions funded by the Humer Foundation (Humer-Stiftung zur Förderung des wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchses).

The research is to be carried out within the framework of the interdisciplinary programme "Living the City", which addresses processes of invention and intervention in the dynamics of urbanisation in Africa. The funding over a period of three years corresponds to the rates of the Swiss National Research Foundation and invites promising young researchers to commit themselves fully to their projects.

The awardees will work in one of the following fields of research: "Public Health and Social Life" "Media and Imagination", "Knowledge Production and Transfer", "Governance and Civil Society" and "Environment and Development". Applicants have to fulfil the conditions for admission to PhD studies at the University of Basel and will be supervised by one of the professors involved in the Centre for African Studies Basel. The core disciplines are Environmental Sciences, Epidemiology, History, Social Anthropology and Sociology.

For further disciplines and fields please refer to our website (


Applicants must hold an excellent MA or MSc degree or equivalent qualification in one of the disciplines listed above;

show original ideas for a research project in line with the joint research theme "Living the City"; have very good English language skills; be ready to take up their project by 1 March 2010.

Your application should include:

a letter of motivation (not exceeding two pages) with special reference to the research project Living the City;

a short proposal (1'500-2'500 words) for an original research project in this context;

copies of undergraduate and postgraduate diplomas complete with transcripts;

a curriculum vitae (not exceeding two pages);

two letters of recommendation by university professors.

The application is to be submitted as PDF document by email to


31 January 2010

Further information:

see the short description of the project Living the City attached

visit our website:


Anonymous,  3:28 pm  

You mean the Basel where Nietzsche taught for ten years?

PhD Research Paper 9:00 am  

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