PhD opportunities

A Ph.D. Research Position: Sustainability and Gender Equality in Sub-Saharan Africa

The GEST programme at the University of Iceland offers, in collaboration with Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, a Ph.D grant to a researcher in the Humanities and/or Social Sciences. The doctoral project shall be on a topic related to Sustainability and Gender Equality in Sub- Saharan Africa. The aim is to improve understanding of the gendered aspect of sustainability in Sub-Saharan countries preferably with a focus on important issues of global environmental change such as climate, biodiversity and ecosystem services, food security or water resources. The subject matter can be approached in various ways and scales, using local/national, regional, and historical or contemporary perspectives.  

Qualification requirements

Applicants shall be from Uganda and hold Ugandan citizenship, and must have a first class Master’s degree from an accredited university in a relevant field and fulfill all other requirements for admission to a UI doctoral program. Proficiency in both written and spoken English is required. The successful candidate must enrol in a Ph.D. program at the University of Iceland (UI) in a field that has direct relevance for the project and will be guided through the application process.

The candidate will be co-supervised by a team of specialists from University of Iceland and Makerere University, appointed by the University of Iceland.  

Data collection and field work, if applicable, is expected to be conducted primarily in Uganda. The Ph.D. candidateship will also entail at least one short-term study period in Iceland, and possible other travel, e.g. for conferences and workshops.

The Ph.D. degree will thus be the result of a joint effort between the University of Iceland and Makerere University.

How to apply

The application deadline is March 13th 2020 (midnight GMT).
The GEST application form shall be completed by the applicant and sent with the following supporting documents to :

  • CV, including published works (if applicable)
  • Scanned copies of diplomas and transcripts
  • Personal statement/Statement of purpose
  • Two letters of reference
  • Research Proposal

Please see further instructions on the supporting documents in the application form.
The successful candidate will be offered an initial contract for one year, with the possibility of a renewal for two additional years, subject to a progress review. Research work terms are negotiable. 
All applications will be answered, and applicants will be informed when a decision has been made. Applications may be valid for six months.
Appointments to positions at the University of Iceland are made in consideration of the Equal Rights Policy of the University of Iceland.
The University of Iceland has a special Language Policy.
The GEST programme promotes institutional collaboration with diverse partners in Iceland and abroad and seeks to influence public policy and societal developments.

For further information please contact:

Irma Erlingsdóttir, Director at GEST,  
Gudrun Eysteinsdottir, Operations Manager at GEST,, tel.: +354 525 5189
Please note that there will be an introduction session in Kampala on the PhD fellowship in during the week 28th to 31st January 2020. Location and time will soon be confirmed and announced here.