University of Edinburgh –University of Leiden Joint Funded PhD Studentships


Deadline: 1 May 2020


We are pleased to announce a new PhD training partnership in African Studies between the Universities of Edinburgh and Leiden, which will offer four fully-funded, four-year PhD studentships.

Two of the studentships will be hosted at the University of Edinburgh's Centre of African Studies (CAS) and two at African Studies Centre Leiden (ASCL). All students will have at least one supervisor from each Centre, and will participate in 12 month research exchanges between institutions. The studentships last for four years, covering tuition fees and a stipend for living expenses. The stipend will be set at the UKRI 2020/21 rate. Funding also covers contributions towards research travel and additional costs. Students to be based at CAS will be expected to commence their studies in September 2020. 


Studentships will be awarded competitively and are open to all candidates. Applicants are required to have A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent, and a UK masters degree with an overall mark of 65%, or its international equivalent.

Research topics

Applicants to the CAS studentships are required to submit a research proposal. The research proposal must relate to the topic of urbanisation, as well one (or more) of the CAS priority research themes listed below. Please note, priority research themes for ASCL may differ, and applicants targeting the two Leiden studentships are advised to consult guidance on the ASCL website.

  1. Borders and Infrastructures;
  2. Economic Development and Change;
  3. Law and Justice;
  4. Marginality, Movement, Services and Statehood;
  5. Peace and Conflict;
  6. Science, Technology and Environment;
  7. The Politics of Data and the Digital.

If you select more than one of these themes, you will need to rank them in order of importance.


By the deadline of 1 May 2020, applicants are required to provide the following information saved WITHIN ONE PDF FILE.

  1. Academic CV to include full name, nationality, place of birth and country of domicile.
  2. A research of proposal of no more than 2,000 words, excluding references. The proposal should relate to the topic of urbanisation, as well one (or more) of Centre of African Studies priority research themes.
  3. Where more than one priority research theme is cited, applicants must include a ranking of themes in order of importance to their project.
  4. Two signed referee letters of reference. Candidates are required to submit at least one academic reference. The second reference may be academic or professional.
  5. A short letter of support for your proposal from a subject area member at the University of Edinburgh’s Centre of African Studies who is willing to supervise your project.
  6. Degree transcripts (translations should be provided if the originals are not in English)

Where information is missing, the application may not be considered.

The PDF file should be emailed with the title ‘African Studies Application’ to the following address by the application deadline:

For more information: WEBSITE