Call for Applications for PhD by Research programme in Humanities and Social Sciences

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences CHUSS) Makerere University has received financial support from The Andrew W Mellon Foundation to strengthen doctoral training in order to mentor the next generation of Humanities and Social Sciences researchers and scholars at Makerere University. It is expected that this intervention will establish a critical mass of home grown and supervised PhDs using a cohort based doctoral training model. Funding is available for a three-year-fulltime programme of study for qualifying candidates to pursue studies leading to the award of a PhD in disciplines under the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Makerere University.

The College now invites eligible applicants,whose proposed projects show an explicit Inter-disciplinary focus in the Humanities and Social Sciences and adhere to the eligibility criteria below, to apply for seven (7) 2018 PhD fellowships.


The eligible candidates should:

  • Have practical research experience from working in Humanities and Social Sciences research projects at a University or Research Institute and a strong foundation in scientific writing and research methods.
  • Be a full time or part time member of staff in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Makerere University (please attach your appointment letter as proof of your employment status at Makerere University). The specific schools of CHUSS whose staff are eligible are Social Sciences; Women and Gender Studies; Liberal and Performing Arts; Languages, Literature and Communication and the School of Psychology.
  • Be a holder of Masters degree in Humanities and Social Sciences from a recognised university. The Master’s degree must have been completed not less than ten years at the time of application.
  • Be a holder of an undergraduate degree in Humanities and Social Sciences from a recognised university with a Second Upper Class or above.
  • Satisfy all the Makerere University Graduate admissions regulations and criteria.
  • 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 give the recommendation letter to the applicant to scan and send it with his or her application.
  • Preference will be given to applicants with a maximum age of 40 years (men) or 45 years (women) before April 2018.
  • Qualified female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.


It is a fully-funded three-year programme of study with generous financial support from the Andrew W Mellow Foundation. The scholarship will cover the following costs: living expenses, accommodation, medical insurance, a laptop computer, critical books, data processing / analysis, photocopying and fieldwork related costs. The maximum value of the scholarship for the 2018 Fellows is approximately UGX 45,290,000 in the first year, UGX 45,290,000 in the second year and UGX 41,790,000 in the third year. In the second year of study, the Fellow and his or her supervisors will apply for Fieldwork funding to enable them conduct research and collect data in the field.


This full-time three-year doctoral training programme by research, which starts in April 2018 and ends in April 2021. The key deliverables for successful candidates are a full proposal within 6 months, presentation of two (2) seminars a year from their work in progress, 1 public dissemination of their work at a local or international forum, proof of accepted 2 peer-reviewed journal articles or book chapters and a PhD dissertation within 36 months. Fellows are advised to have a ready draft of their dissertation by the 20th month of the programme.

How to apply

The complete application form and supporting documents must be submitted by Friday, 16th February 2018 to the following email addresses: with copy to

For Further Information

In case of any questions regarding the programme or your application, kindly contact the following:

1. Dr Edgar Nabutanyi (Programme Coordinator)

Tel: +256772971204

Email: /

2. Dr Levis Mugumya (Programme Administrator)

Tel: +256772475807/+256702475807

Email: /

3. Mr Nelson Kakande

Tel: +256772454725/+256705731120


We look forward to receiving your application.




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