General Requirements for Applicants
Practical research experience from working in Humanities and Social Sciences research projects at a University or Research Institute and a strong foundation in writing and research methods is desirable. The successful candidates should have excellent oral and written communication skills. Although the programme is structured as a cohort system, which offers the opportunity and possibility of collegiality, and introductory foundational seminars in the first year that can build comradeship and companionship, it is particularly a PhD by research and is thus guided by the existing Makerere University Directorate of Graduate School Guidelines of a PhD by Research. This means that successful applicants should demonstrate the ability to work alone for long hours to achieve set targets. They should also have excellent interpersonal and problem solving skills.
Eligible candidates to an Inter-disciplinary PhD by Research programme in the fields of Historical Humanities and Humanistic Social Sciences:
- Should be a Ugandan national or a national of a Sub-Saharan African country. Admission into the cohort will aim for a 60:40 ratio of Ugandans and Sub-Saharan African Citizens respectively and will aim at gender parity. Qualified female candidates are especially encouraged to apply. However, both principles of equity will be guided by the quality of the application proposals presented
- Should be a holder of Master’s degree in Humanities and Social Sciences from a recognised university. The Master’s degree must have been completed less than ten years ago at the time of application
- Should be a holder of Honours undergraduate degree in Humanities and Social Sciences from a recognised university
- Should be fluent or show proof of fluency in English Language, since English Language is the language of instruction and thesis writing at Makerere University
- Provide two letters from two academic referees who are intimately familiar with his/her work recommending his/her application. It is important that the referees, who have been named on the applicant’s application form, are the ones who supply a reference for him/her
- Confirm that you will be available from July 2017 to undertake a three-year full-time study leading to the award of a PhD in the fields of Historical Humanities and Humanistic Social Sciences of Makerere University
- Preference will be given to applicants with a maximum age of 40 years (men) or 45 years (women) by 30th June 2017. The special contribution of the candidate’s proposed study to Humanities and Social Sciences scholarship may vary this requirement.
The Inter-disciplinary PhD by Research programme in the fields of Historical Humanities and Humanistic Social Sciences is a fully-funded programme with the generous financial help from the Gerda Henkel Foundation tenable at Makerere University. The scholarships will cover all costs of the PhD programme, including travel, living expenses, medical insurance, laptop computer, university fees and all research and training costs. The maximum value of the scholarship, commencing in 2017, is UGX40,320,000 in 2017/2018, UGX40,320,000 in 2018/2019 and UGX40,320,000 in 2019/2020.
The Inter-disciplinary PhD by Research programme in the fields of Historical Humanities and Humanistic Social Sciences is a full-time 3-year doctoral training by research, which starts in July 2017 and terminates in June 2020 for the first Cohort. Successful candidates will develop a full proposal with the help of a supervisor and register with the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Makerere University for commencement of their PhD programme.
How to apply
Completed application form and supporting documents must be submitted by Friday, 14 April 2017 to:
P.O BOX 7062 Kampala
For Further Information
In case of any questions regarding the programme or your application, kindly contact
- Dr Edgar Nabutanyi (Programme Coordinator)
- Dr Levis Mugumya (Programme Administrator)
More details on the programme and how to apply in the attachments below