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University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) PhD Scholarship in Political Science 2020 –Denmark, Tanzania

The University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) announces a call for applications for a PhD Scholarship (in Political Science) for research on humanitarianism in Tanzania.

Everyday Humanitarianism in Tanzania (EHTZ) is a Research Project funded by DANIDA, conducted by the University of Dar es Salaam and the Copenhagen Business School, Denmark and with the University of Copenhagen and Roskilde University as collaborating institutions.

The Project announces a PhD position in Political Science at the University of Dar es Salaam. The PhD candidate will be required to register in October 2020 and undertake a PhD by Thesis (research only) and will be required to work in the EHTZ Project. The Project will provide a fully funded Scholarship based on the UDSM’s fee structure (see here) for a three year period. Successful applicants will be required to undertake study visits in Denmark for part of the Programme.

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About University of Dar Es Salaam

The University of Dar es Salaam is a public university in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. It was established in 1961 as an affiliate college of the University of London. The university became an affiliate of the University of East Africa in 1963, shortly after Tanzania gained its independence from the United Kingdom. The university has five campuses in and around the city of Dar es Salaam and operates academically through ten faculties, some of which are exclusive to specific campuses. For example, the College of Engineering and Technology campus houses the faculties of mechanical and chemical eng... read more


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Aim and Benefits of University of Dar es Salaam PhD Scholarship

he Project will provide a fully funded Scholarship based on the UDSM’s fee structure (see here) for a three year period. Successful applicants will be required to undertake study visits in Denmark for part of the Programme.


Requirements for University of Dar es Salaam PhD Scholarship Qualification

Applicants must fulfil the following conditions given:

  1. Have a Master’s degree in a social sciences discipline or other related fields of natural sciences from an accredited University
  2. Apply and fulfil the requirements for PhD registration at the University of Dar es Salaam (https://udsm.admission.ac.tz/index.php?r=site%2Flogin)
  3. Be prepared to start the PhD process in October 2020 after the acceptance of the Scholarship
  4. Be available for online interview on dates that will be communicated
  5. Be willing to work in an international research environment
  6. Work effectively in both Kiswahili and English

Applicants with prior knowledge and experience on issues related to topics/areas outlined in the project summary below are encouraged to apply.

The Political Science PhD project must contribute directly to EHTZ’s Overall Objective to understand how people interacting in everyday situations respond to crisis situations outside of the formal structures of humanitarian assistance.


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Documents Required for Application

Applicants must prepare and submit a complete application package, including specifically:

  1. Research proposal that clearly shows the linkages of the applicants’ PhD potential area of research relevant to the project interest (at most 5 pages)
  2. Curriculum vitae (at most 3 pages)
  3. List of publications (if any) or copy of Master’s Dissertation
  4. Copy of Master’s degree certificate
  5. Two academic reference letters (ideally one written by the Master’s Supervisor)


Application Deadline

August 30, 2020


How to Apply

Applicants are asked to submit a proposal (5 pages max.) outlining their project idea. Relevant academic literature and a timeplan must be included. The project may focus on either one of the topics below

  1. Elite politics of Everyday Humanitarianism;
  2. The political history of Everyday Humanitarianism in Tanzania and Southern Africa;
  3. The response of Tanzanian neighbors in situations of acute crisis or disaster;
  4. Gendered aspects of Everyday Humanitarianism;
  5. Other relevant topics that contribute to the project objectives.

Applicants for the scholarships are required to send application packages to the Department of Geography University of Dar es Salaam [email protected] with copies to EHTZ Project PI, Professor Lisa [email protected] and [email protected] (EHTZ South project coordinator).

For more details, visit EHTZ website



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