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 enroll 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 the University of Iceland and Makerere University, appointed by the University of Iceland.  

Data collection and fieldwork, 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 possibly 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 was March 13th 2020 (midnight GMT)

For further information please contact:

Irma Erlingsdóttir, Director at GEST,  
Gudrun Eysteinsdottir, Operations Manager at GEST,, tel. +354 525 5189