African Research Universities Alliance’s (ARUA) Doctoral Fellowships 2019 on Mobility & Sociality in Africa

Application Deadline:midnight, 1 December 2018.

Le 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 programme de recherche. Avec le soutien du 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.

Doctoral fellowship proposals are invited for qualified social science and humanities students dedicated to work speaking to one or more of the following questions:

  • How are socio-cultural practices and politics understood by residents of highly mobile urban environments? What are the practical enacted ethics that enable people to make sense of varied diversities and to communicate and exchange across social divisions?
  • How do people make sense of difference without shared histories or the disciplining institutions of common states, religion, or markets?
  • Comment le translocalisme généralisé et la mobilité continue modifient-ils les morphologies urbaines et les schémas résidentiels? interactions sociales; compréhension subjective de la citoyenneté; représentation et identité civique: qu'est-ce que la société politique dans des espaces faiblement structurés par des États et des marchés formels?
  • Comment ces imaginaires en train de changer les hiérarchies traditionnelles de l'âge, du sexe et de la structure familiale? Comment ces liens sont-ils liés aux nouvelles notions de moralité enracinées dans l'âge, le sexe et les obligations sociales?

Critères d'admissibilité:

  • 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.
  • Students may be enrolled in any department within the University of the Witwatersrand’s Faculty of Humanities as long as they retain a co-supervision relationship with the African Centre for Migration & Society. Successful applications will have completed an appropriate social science or humanities MA or related degree by the start of the fellowship and will have already been accepted into an appropriate department.

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 afull timestudents and participate actively in University life. During their time they will be expected to lead one or more seminars on their work.

Processus de demande

Les demandes doivent inclure:

  • 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).

Applications are due 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.

Members of historically disadvantaged groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

Pour plus d'informations:

Visit the Official Webpage of the African Research Universities Alliance’s (ARUA) Doctoral Fellowships 2019

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