Joint PhD degree - Aarhus and Oslo - Anthusia - Project 1

PhD candidate in social anthropology - Joint PhD degree between Aarhus University and University of Oslo (Project 1)

The Graduate School at Arts, Faculty of Arts, University of Aarhus (AU), in collaboration with the University of Oslo (UiO), invites applications for one or two joint fully-funded 3-year PhD fellowships in Anthropology of Human Security in Africa starting on 1 September 2018. The positions are funded by the EU Research and Innovation programme Horizon 2020, under a grant by Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Networks (MSCA-ITN). The successful candidates must commence their PhD degree programme on 1 September 2018.

AU and UiO have embarked on the collaborative project ANTHUSIA: Anthropology of Human Security in Africa run by a consortium of four universities in Aarhus (Denmark), Edinburgh (United Kingdom), Leuven (Belgium) and Oslo (Norway). The consortium draws together academics, practitioners and activists with expertise in understanding and enhancing human security in Africa. This programme enables candidates to combine interdisciplinary insights from Anthropology, Human Security and African Studies in order to develop analytical tools to critically understand and contribute to strengthening human security in Africa, and beyond. In this process, students will be encouraged to critically explore how human security has been conceptualised; how and why particular issues are classified as human security issues; and how these understandings shape everyday interventions. This critical approach can be applied to a range of phenomena, such as the expansion of young populations, processes of urbanisation, unequally distributed growth, recurring conflicts, emerging health issues, and population displacement.

The research network offers an academically stimulating and interdisciplinary working environment, an innovative training programme that allows the PhD fellows to obtain specialist knowledge on a specific research topic as well as transferable skills that can be employed in non-academic institutions. The ANTHUSIA PhD education includes one year of fieldwork in Africa, with a 2-3 month period of secondment to a non-academic partner organisation, annual summer/winter schools and a 6 months stay with the secondary university. ANTHUSIA also offers an attractive salary, the opportunity of favourable pension benefits as well as funding for research, travel, conference participation and dissemination, books and equipment.

The Universities of Aarhus and Oslo are equal opportunity employers and strive for diversity among the ESRs. We encourage candidates from all continents to apply. The salary will include social security and be composed of living and mobility allowances and a family allowance where appropriate, as outlined in Table 2, p.69 and 70 of the MSCA Work Programme 2016/2017:

Available position
ANTHUSIA will recruit altogether 16 PhD fellows, referred to as Early Stage Researchers (ESRs). You can find all the projects on As part of the project, AU and UiO invite applications for 1-2 joint PhD fellowships in the fields of anthropology where the two universities have mutual strengths and can offer excellent research environments. The available position is hosted by Aarhus University (Primary University) and University of Oslo (Secondary University):

Project 1: Epidemics and Health Security: Threats and Opportunities in One Health
You can find the project description here: Please write a maximum of 5 A4 pages of 2400 characters per page (total 12.000 characters) and use the following structure in your proposal:

  • Introduction/background
  • Research questions/study objectives
  • Theory
  • Methodology (incl. ethics)
  • Plan for non-academic secondment
  • Work schedule

Please include a separate reference list with up-to-date literature on the chosen topic (max 2 A4 pages).

Eligible candidates must have an internationally recognised Master’s or an equivalent degree in anthropology or related social sciences and humanities disciplines. They must have received their Master’s degree or equivalent (120 ECTS) no later than 31 August 2018. They must have less than four years of research experience after their Master’s degree and not hold a PhD degree. All applicants must have achieved a high grade point average in their BA and Master’s studies and must have fluent oral and written communication skills in English and submit their dissertation in English. All applicants must document English language qualifications comparable to an 'English B level' in the Danish upper secondary school ('gymnasium'). Please see this page for further information: Applicants can be of any nationality. We encourage applicants who have African language skills and relevant experience outside the academy. However, in order to be eligible, candidates have not resided more than 12 of the last 36 months in Denmark before the recruitment date.

The ESRs are required to spend time at each university, have a supervisor at each institution and will receive a single joint degree signed by both universities.

The ESR is expected to take part in the Anthusia joint degree PhD programme and to complete the project within the set fellowship period. Since the doctoral student will receive a single joint degree, his/her research project will be subject to an evaluation meeting according to the standards of both the University of Oslo and Aarhus University. The format of the evaluation will be a public defence.

The details regarding time spent at each university, supervision, evaluation as well as other legal matters will be specified in a contract prior to the start of the PhD project.

Aarhus University
Currently, 275 PhD students are enrolled at the Graduate School, Arts. Aarhus University is a modern, academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 44,500 students and 11,500 employees, and has an annual budget of EUR 830 million. Over the course of the past decade, the university has consolidated its position in the top 100 on the most influential rankings of universities world-wide. Learn more at

The University of Oslo
The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest ranked educational and research institution, with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. With its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally recognised research communities, UiO is an important contributor to society. Since its establishment in 1964, the Department of Social Anthropology has been a leading international Department as well as an exponent for the Norwegian anthropological tradition. The Department is one of the largest university environments for social anthropology in Europe, and the largest in the Nordic countries. Approximately 400 students are currently enrolled in the Department, including the doctoral programme with approximately 30 students.

Enrolment and employment at Aarhus University
The PhD student must complete the studies in accordance with the current regulations for the PhD degree programme, currently the Ministerial Order of 27 August 2013 on the PhD degree programme at the Universities:

Description of the Graduate School at Art’s PhD degree programme (5+3):

Rules and regulations for the PhD degree programme at the Graduate School at Arts:

The PhD scholar will be employed as a PhD student at the School of Culture and Society, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University and affiliated with the PhD programme Anthropology, Global Studies and the Study of Religion. In general, the student is expected to be present at the school on an everyday basis when he/she is in Denmark.

The terms of employment are in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations, as well as with the protocol to the agreement covering staff with university degrees in the state sector:

The School of Culture and Society’s research programme:

If you require professional guidance regarding your application for a PhD fellowship please contact the PhD programme director at AU: Mads Daugbjerg, (until 31 January 2018) and Line Dalsgård, (from 1 February 2018). 

The application must be submitted in English.

Applications for the PhD fellowship and enrolment in the PhD degree programme can only be submitted via Aarhus University’s web-based facility.
Guidelines for the application facility:


Deadline for applications: 15 March 2018 at 23.59 Danish time (CET/CETS).
Reference number: 2018-3


During the assessments, Aarhus University can conduct interviews with selected applicants.