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15 PhD positions within Marie Curie Projekt ANTHUSIA -Anthropology of Human Security in Africa -

ANTHUSIA is a multi-disciplinary research project in the Anthropology of Human Security in Africa conducted by a consortium of four universities in Aarhus (Denmark), Edinburgh (Scotland), Leuven (Belgium) and Oslo (Norway). They will recruit 15 ESRs (Early Stage Researchers). Deadline for Applications is 15 March, 2018.

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  • Institution: ANTHUSIA
  • Deadline: 15. March 2018 Bewerbungsschluss beachten
  • Contact: Mia Korsbæk (korsbaek[at] or Birgitte Bøgh (bb[at]

ANTHUSIA is a multi-disciplinary research project in the Anthropology of Human Security in Africa conducted by a consortium of four universities in Aarhus (Denmark), Edinburgh (Scotland), Leuven (Belgium) and Oslo (Norway). The consortium also collaborates with numerous nonacademic and academic partner organizations with expertise in a variety of different human security issues in Africa that will contribute to the ESRs’ training and the project’s impact and dissemination.

Combining competencies from Anthropology, Human Security and African Studies, the project aims to foster talent relevant to current challenges and potentials of developing safe societies in Africa. By exploring different areas from a human security perspective, the research will provide insights into problems such as expanding young populations, accelerated urbanization, unequally distributed growth, recurring conflicts, persistent health problems, and refugee insecurity.

ANTHUSIA has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement no. 764546 and will train 15 Early Stage Researchers. Each ESR is supervised by two senior researchers from two universities, will do one year of empirical research in Africa, including 3-5 months of secondment, participate in PhD courses and disseminate research in a thesis as well as articles, presentations, and policy briefs using visual media. They will be awarded a joint doctoral degree from the two universities, where the supervisors are based.

Calls for these positions are now published. Please click on each project to go to the application link:

Before applying, please note the following requirements:

  • Eligible candidates must have an internationally recognized Master’s or an equivalent degree in anthropology or related social sciences and humanities disciplines.
  • You must have less than four years of research experience after your candidate degree and have not received a PhD degree. The candidate degree can be more than 4 years old.
  • You must have received your Master’s degree or equivalent (120 ECTS) no later than 31 August, 2018.
  • You shall demonstrate mobility and must therefore at the time of recruitment not have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the relevant country (where the PhD position is located for which you apply) for more than 12 months in the last 3 years before 1 September, 2018. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.
  • All applicants must have achieved a high grade point average in their BA and Master’s studies and must have fluent oral and written communication skills in English

Moreover, during your PhD studies, you are required to complete ca 12 months of fieldwork, including 2-4 months of secondment to a partner organization. Moreover, because it is a joint degree program, the ESRs are also required to spend time the partner university for ca. 6 months, have a supervisor at each institution and will receive a single joint degree signed by both universities. The ESR is expected to take part in the Anthusia joint degree PhD program and to complete the project within the set fellowship period.

Read the full Guide for applicants here.

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