Makerere University Certifications of Citizenship in Africa (CERTIZENS) PhD Scholarships 2020 for young Africans

Application Deadline:Friday, 4th September 2020.

With funding from the Danish Development Research Council, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS), Makerere University is inviting applications from well-qualified students for two interdisciplinary PhD positions as part of the Uganda country component of a cross-country collaborative research programme titled Certifications of Citizenship in Africa (CERTIZENS). This is a collaboration between the Department of Development Studies at Makerere University, the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana and the Centre of African Studies at the University of Copenhagen.

CERTIZENS is an interdisciplinary, multi-layered research project, which explores the complexities of regimes of citizen certification and the forms of identification these generate, circulate, manage and attempt to control, in selected African settings.

General requirements
Applicants should be able to demonstrate education and independent research experience within a relevant academic discipline such as African studies, anthropology, development studies, history, human geography, politics. The applicant should have excellent oral and written communication skills in English, as well as strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills.

Applicants must fulfil the following criteria:
• Be a national of an African country (proven through the biodata page of a passport of national ID card)
• Hold a relevant Masters degree from a recognised university, completed not more than ten years prior to this application
• Show proof of fluency in English
• Proof of availability to undertake a full-time PhD for four years as from 1 January 2021
• Be under the age of 40 years by 31 December 2020.


Applications are made online through the electronic application form found at: Click on ‘Admissions’ then ‘Online Applications’. To access the form, you will need to create an account if you do not already have one, and then use the email address and password from your account.

The completed application form and accompanying support documents, must be submitted online by Friday, 4th September 2020.


The PhDs are fully funded for four years, starting in January 2021 and concluding in December 2024.

Details on the scholarship, specific and general requirements, eligibility, funding and contact persons in the document attached here.HideAttachmentsPDF iconFinal Call for Applications – PhD Scholarships.pdf

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