Marie Curie Doctoral Studentship in African History, 2013/4

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The History Department at the University of Warwick is able to offer a 3-year doctoral scholarship for research on the Environmental History of Africa, commencing in October 2013, under the supervision of Professor David Anderson.The studentship is awarded in resilience in east African landscapes. Three years studentship covers fees (paid directly) and a living allowance, monthly mobility allowance, field costs and travel expenses. PhD studentship is taken at several European and African universities and institutions. PhD studentship is offered at Warwick and will be expected to start at 30th September 2013. Applications should be submitted till 21st June 2013.

Study Subject(s): The studentship is provided for multidisciplinary and multi-partner research project entitled “Resilience in East African Landscapes: Identifying critical threshold and sustainable trajectories – past, present and future (REAL)”.
Course Level: This studentship is for pursuing PhD degree level.
Scholarship Provider: EU funded Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN)
Scholarship can be taken at: UK  (The research will require several months of fieldwork in relatively remote rural locations in Kenya and Tanzania).

Eligibility: Applicants will hold a First Class or Upper Second class BA or BSc degree, and a Masters degree in History, Environmental Studies, Geography, African Studies, or in a cognate subject, the latter to have been received no earlier than October 2009.

Scholarship Open for Students of Following Countries: International students can apply for this scholarship.

Scholarship Description: This is a multidisciplinary and multi-partner research project entitled ‘Resilience in East African Landscapes: Identifying critical thresholds and sustainable trajectories – past, present and future’ (REAL), which is an EU funded Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN). The doctoral award in History at Warwick is one of several grants within the project to support Early Stage Researchers (ESRs). To fulfill Marie Curie mobility requirements applicants must at the time of recruitment by the host organization not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in the country of their host organization for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the commencement of the award in October 2013. (Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account).

Number of award(s): Not Known

Duration of award(s): The History Department at the University of Warwick is able to offer a 3-year doctoral scholarship for research.

What does it cover? The scholarship will cover fees (paid directly) and a living allowance to the value of £37,831 gross per annum, provided through an employment contract adhering to standard FP7 Marie Curie guidelines. The scholarship will also provide an additional monthly mobility allowance depending on family situation. Project funds will also cover field costs and travel.

Selection Criteria: Applications will be assessed based on the following criteria:
-Practical experience and academic background of relevance for the project, e.g. experience of work with archives relevant to East Africa, and/or interview based fieldwork in East Africa or in a comparable rural environment
-Knowledge of scientific theory and method of relevance to the research project (i.e. environmental history of Africa)
-Analytical ability and skills in writing, as demonstrated by the submission of written work for assessment by the appointments panel
-The applicants personal references.

Notification: Interviews with shortlisted candidates are expected to be conducted between 1–5 July 2013, via skype or google hangout.

How to Apply: A complete application should be sent by email to The application must include the following documentation:
-Curriculum Vitae
-A short (1–2 pages) personal presentation (letter of intent) that explains why you are interested in studying for a doctorate in History, and describes your suitability for and interest in this specific research project
-One example of an independently written paper or thesis authored by the applicant within the framework of his/her bachelor or masters level university education
-References from two university lecturers or professors (with telephone numbers and email addresses) who have taught the applicant and who have a good knowledge of the applicant’s academic achievements.

Scholarship Application Deadline: The deadline for applications is 21st June 2013.

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