Doctoral Studentship in Social Anthropology

Deadline: 1 February 2016
Open to: researchers interested in social anthropology, covering topics of climate issues, migration, religion, gender, cultural heritage, technology, economy, health and indigenous peoples
Studentship: paid


Research in Social Anthropology at School of Global Studies, Gothenburg University, covers a diversity of areas, which in different ways touch upon social and cultural processes. Climate issues, migration, religion, gender, cultural heritage, technology, economy, health and indigenous peoples are examples of some of the topics researchers and teachers are engaged in. The traditional focus of the subject is characterized by research that builds upon long-term empirical fieldwork and participatory observation.

The aim of the doctoral studentship is for the doctoral student to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to be able to conduct research autonomously within Social Anthropology and to contribute to the development of knowledge within the discipline through the production of a scholarly thesis. Another aim is for the doctoral student to develop an ability to later apply the acquired knowledge and skills within post-degree research or other professional work.


An applicant meets the general entry requirements for third-cycle studies if he/she has obtained:

  • A degree at the second-cycle level;
  • At least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 must be at the second-cycle level;
  • Largely equivalent knowledge in other ways in Sweden or abroad.


The position is limited to 4 years in duration and is carried out on a full-time basis unless there are acceptable reasons to the contrary (minimum 50%). The position may include departmental duties corresponding to up to 20% of a full-time post over the course of study. If such tasks are required, the duration of the appointment will be extended accordingly.

How to apply?

Mode of application is online.

Applicants must submit the following documents with their application:

  • Papers, degree projects and other relevant works, which will be assessed in terms of ability to formulate, delimit and analyse research tasks and present research results;
  • A project draft of maximum 2,000 words stating the applicant’s research interest(s) and planned focus area of his/her doctoral thesis;
  • The project draft must demonstrate familiarity with previous and current research as well as an ability to formulate scientific problems.

For more information please visit the official website.

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