Ph.D. Scholarship at Makerere University

Ph.D. Scholarship at Makerere University for Africans
Ph.D. Scholarship at Makerere University for Africans

Deadline: September 4, 2020

Makerere University is accepting applications from individuals that have African citizenship of it PhD scholarship in Uganda.

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The college of Humanities and Social Sciences with sponsorship from the Danish Development Research Council inviting applications from qualified students for two interdisciplinary Ph.D. positions as part of the Uganda Country components of a cross country collaborative research program entitled Certification of Citizenship in Africa (CERTIZENS). It 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 in Denmark.

Two specific Ph.D. projects have been identified as part of the CERTIZENS program in Uganda:

Topic 1: National and bureaucratic systems of certification
This Ph.D. project focuses on two interrelated dimensions: 1) Mapping both historical and contemporary national systems of citizen classification, registration, and certification – related, for example, to birth certificates, national IDs, voter identification cards – and their implications for both governing institutions and differentiated citizens. 2) Investigating the everyday work of, and citizens’ encounters with bureaucracies of classification, registration, and certification, within the wider national frameworks noted above. Methodologically, this aspect of the project will entail more ethnographic fieldwork (including participant observation and in-depth interviews) within and around selected bureaucracies.

 Topic 2: Intimacies of identification and lived citizenship
This Ph.D. project focuses on the intimate dimension of differentiated citizens access to, experience with, and uses of different kinds of formal identity documents such as Birth Certificates, National IDs, Passport, Voter ID, and so on. Their engagements with informal or illicit systems of self-certification such as faking or borrowing documents. It will investigate the respective implications of such experiences and practices of lived citizenship and personhood.

Benefits of the scholarship

  • Fully funded by the Danish Development Council tenable at Makerere University in Uganda
  • All costs of the Ph.D. program
  • The scholarship covers tuition and other university fees
  • Living expenses, medical insurance, research and travel for fieldwork and conferences
  • The maximum value of the scholarship, commencing 1 January 2021 is approximately UGX 40,150,00 or USD 11,000 per year.
  • Each fellow will receive a laptop computer


  • Applicants must fulfill the following criteria:
  • Be a national of an African country (proven through the biodata page of a passport or national ID card)
  • Hold a relevant Masters degree from a recognized 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 Ph.D. for four years as from 1 January 2021
  • Be under the age of 40 years by 31 December 2020.

How to apply

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 4 September 2020.

Specific requirements
Applications should include the following:
• A brief motivation letter, addressed to: The Principal, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Makerere University, P.O BOX 7062 Kampala
• A research proposal of a maximum of four pages, related to only one of the two Ph.D. topics outlined. This ought to include a brief outline of the envisaged project, and how it might be approached theoretically and methodologically.
• A recently updated CV
• Letters from two academic referees familiar with the applicant’s work. (It is important that these referees are the same as those mentioned on the application form.)



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