Applications are invited for a four-year, fully-funded PhD studentship in African history at Gent University, Belgium. The holder will be affiliated with the History Department and work on the history of Islam in late- and post-colonial Tanzania, supervised by Felicitas Becker (see https://felimbecker.wixsite.com/mysite and http://research.flw.ugent.be/nl/feli.becker). There is no obligation to teach, but contributions to teaching can be arranged. The stipend amounts to ca. 2000 EUR per month, tax-free. The start date is no later than September 30, 2018.
The Gent History Department has over 100 members, with an established strength in global history. Besides the History department, the post holder will find interlocutors in the African Studies department, the Conflict and Development research group, the Global Studies centre, and the Middle East and North Africa research network. Gent is a vibrant and beautiful city of ca. 230,000 inhabitants, about 40,000 of them students. The official language is Flemish, but English is spoken almost universally. See https://visit.gent.be/en/HOME.
The successful applicant will need to have completed an MA in African history, African studies, contemporary Islamic studies or a related discipline by September 2018. For fieldwork purposes, s/he will need a working knowledge of Swahili or a demonstrable capacity for acquiring new languages. To apply, please send transcripts of academic record, including evidence of language skills, a short (up to two pages) statement of research interests, and a writing sample of up to 5000 words to firstname.lastname@example.org, and arrange for two letters of reference to be sent to the same address.
The deadline for applications is May 1. For further questions, please write to email@example.com.