University of Basel 2022 PhD Scholarships for African Students

Deadline (y-m-d): 2022-05-31

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The Centre for African Studies at the University of Basel calls for applications for two doctoral positions in Social Anthropology or African Studies covering a period of three years funded by the Humer Foundation for Academic Talent.

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This research initiative examines comparatively various forms of movement that produce and deploy racialized and/or ethnicized sexualities as central means of consumptive fantasies, modes of value production, disciplinary regimes, and strategies of investment in the future. Examining the implications of new forms of sexualized mobility for gender, kinship, and domesticity; money and the moralization of wealth; ritual and religion; rising forms of moral securitization and militarization; and new forms of consumption, embodiment, style, and self-making, this project takes sexuality as a key domain for understanding the politics of contemporary mobility and its continuities and discontinuities with colonial discourse and practice, both on the African continent and between Africa and the wider world.

Requirements and Qualifications for University of Basel PhD Scholarships


  • hold an excellent Master’s degree or equivalent qualification in Social Anthropology or a related discipline;
  • present an original idea for a research project relating to the sexuality, mobility, and political economy;
  • have very good research and writing skills;
  • commit themselves fully to their PhD project during the funding period and aim at completing their project within the said period;
  • meet the requirements for admission to PhD studies at the University of Basel.
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Aim and Benefits of University of Basel PhD Scholarships

  • We offer an international, multidisciplinary work environment and excellent research infrastructure and a workplace in the heart of Basel. Compensation will be according to the guidelines of the University of Basel.

Documents Required for Application

  • A letter of motivation (not exceeding two pages);
  • A curriculum vitae (not exceeding two pages and including a list of publications, if applicable);
  • A short proposal (1500-2500 words) relating to sexuality, mobility, and political economy.
  • Copies of undergraduate and postgraduate diplomas complete with transcripts (please note that the overall grade received for the Master degree is relevant for admission);
  • The contact details of two referees (university professors or lecturers);
  • One or two writing samples (including Master’s thesis or equivalent).

How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to University of Basel on to apply

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