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European community invites applications for PHD at Berlin in Germany.


The international research project ‘ForcedLabourAfrica’, ERC Starting Grant no. 240898, funded by the European Community, invites applications for three PhD stipends to be settled at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany.

The project addresses structures of forced labour under colonial rule in sub-Saharan Africa, with a focus on West, West Central and South Central Africa.

Please note that this selection process will consist of two phases. This is due to current grant amendment procedures with the European Commission.

While funding for the PhD stipends is guaranteed, the start date and the settlement of the posts at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin can presumably only be confirmed shortly before selection phase 2.

No final selection will be made before the end of this latter phase, which is likely to fall into the second half of June.

The use of two selection phases is advisable to speed up the entire process in the interest of candidates.

Candidates for this project will need to have at least capacities in fluent reading of Portuguese, and have to acquire proficiency in written and oral Portuguese in the first year of their project period.

Candidates will have a master/MA or equivalent degree in history or an adjacent field.

They are, during this first selection phase, invited to send a letter of motivation (pointing out individual capacities and interest with regard to the project contexts), a curriculum vitae, and a letter of support by an academic teacher (e.g. the professor responsible for their master thesis), plus (optionally) a second letter of recommendation by an academic peer or other researcher.

In this first selection phase, applications are to be sent before 20 May.

The second phase of the selection process is planned to lie between the 15 and 25 June (dates to be confirmed).

Candidates who have sent their application material during the first phase will then be asked to confirm their application.

For more information and scholarship applications, see: PhD Stipends in African/Colonial History

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