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PhD Fellowship in Social Anthropology University of Bergen

The Fredrik Barth – Sutasoma/University of Bergen Fellowship in Social Anthropology

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University of Bergen


A position as doctoral fellow in social anthropology is available at the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Bergen, Norway. The fellowship has been established in recognition of the distinguished contribution of Professor Fredrik Barth, the Department’s founder, to anthropological knowledge. The position runs for a fixed term of 3 years from the date agreed including a year of ethnographic fieldwork in a region of the successful candidate’s own choosing.


The position will be affiliated with the major research project “Egalitarianism: Forms, Processes, Comparisons” at the Department of social anthropology, led by Prof. Bruce Kapferer. Central thematics/foci within this project include (but are not reducible to): a) Settler Societies and their Egalitarian Paradoxes; b) Post-industrialism and Egalitarian Processes; c) Technologies and their Social Imaginaries; d) Contemporary Liberation Movements and their Constraints; e) States, Hierarchies and Egalitarian Social Movements; f) Visions for the Future. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to define their research project within the broad frame of egalitarianism and need not necessarily be limited by the themes presented which are guidelines only.

Applicants must have achieved a Master's degree in social or cultural anthropology by the closing date for applications. The fellowship is open to citizens of countries outside the USA, Canada, Japan, the European Community, Australia and New Zealand.

The successful candidate must meet the formal requirements for admission to the PhD programme at the University of Bergen. A proposal for the PhD project (max 5 pages) must be submitted with the application.

Information about the University of Bergen's PhD programme at the Faculty of Social Sciences is available at https://www.uib.no/en/svf/37940/doctoral-education.

The scholarship is NOK 14 000 a month (tax excluded), covers travel to and from Bergen and travel and research maintenance in the field. The candidate is expected to complete the PhD programme within the 3-year period of the fellowship.

Further information about the position can be obtained from Associate Professor Bjørn Enge Bertelsen (e-mail Bjorn.Bertelsen@sosantr.uib.no )and Senior Executive Officer Anne-Kathrin Thomassen (e-mail Anne-kathrin.Thomassen@geog.uib.no ).


The Department’s web site is at https://www.uib.no/antro/

The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at any time.

The application with a project proposal (not exceeding five pages), a complete overview of education and professional activities (CV), scans of diplomas and transcripts, copies of scholarly works, and a separate list of publications must be submitted by e-mail to: Anne-kathrin.Thomassen@geog.uib.no


Submission deadline: October 28th , 2014