Aging as a Human Condition: Radical Uncertainty and the Search for a Good (Old) Life (5+3)

PhD fellowship in the field of Aging as a Human Condition: Radical Uncertainty and the Search for a Good (Old) Life (5+3)

The Graduate School at Arts, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University, in collaboration with Velux, invites applications for a fully-funded PhD fellowship in Aging as a Human Condition: Radical Uncertainty and the Search for a Good (Old) Life provided the necessary funding is available. This PhD fellowship is available as of 1. September 2017 for a period of up to three years (5+3). The candidate who is awarded the fellowship must commence his/her PhD degree programme on 1.september 2017.

The PhD fellowship will be financed by the 2 parties.

The PhD stipend is part of the research project Aging as a Human Condition, focusing on radical uncertainty and the search for a good (old) life in various cultural contexts.

The project explores the following questions:

  • How do people who are aging under challenging and uncertain life conditions strive to achieve good lives?
  • What can we learn about aging as a universal human condition through ethnographic,            philosophical and artistic projects that take seriously the diversity of ways in which old age is lived?

There is already burgeoning research on the good life in old age framed as successful aging as well as critical gerontological and anthropological work on inequality and the social construction of old age. This project takes a different comparative phenomenological approach that speaks to broad humanistic concerns and puts philosophy, anthropology and art in dialogue. The project explores old age in Denmark, Kyrgyzstan, Uganda and USA by comparing four themes central to the experience of aging: the body, intimate others, lived time and home space.

The proposed PhD project should be anthropological and contribute to the understanding of the above questions and themes based on fieldwork in a particular context. While field work in a Buddhist context is preferred, the main selection criteria is the quality of the proposed project and it’s potential to supplement the other projects.

The application must be submitted in English.

The PhD student must complete the studies in accordance with the valid regulations for the PhD degree programme, currently the Ministerial Order of 27 August 2013 on the PhD degree programme at the universities: http://talent.au.dk/phd/arts/rulesandforms/thephddegreeprogramme/

Description of the graduate school’s PhD degree programme: http://talent.au.dk/phd/arts/phdstudystructure/

Rules and regulations for the PhD degree programme at the Graduate School at Arts: http://talent.au.dk/phd/arts/rulesandforms/thephddegreeprogramme/

The PhD fellow will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Graduate School at Arts, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University, with the aim of completing a PhD degree at the School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University.

The PhD student will be affiliated with the PhD programme Anthropology, International Area Studies and the Study of Religion.

The PhD student’s place of work will be the School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University. In general, the student is expected to be present at the school on an everyday basis.

The PhD degree programme is expected to include a lengthy research stay at a foreign institution, cf. Description of the graduate school’s PhD degree programme.

School of Culture and Society’s research programme:
http://cas.au.dk/en/research/research-programmes/

 

5+3 programme

When you apply for a 3-year PhD fellowship (5+3), you must enclose documentation stating that you have submitted your Master’s thesis for assessment by the deadline for application, and you must have completed your two year Master’s degree (120 ECTS) no later than 31 August 2017.

The PhD fellow will be employed as a PhD student at the Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University. The terms of employment are in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (see section 6.1.4), as well as with the protocol to the agreement covering staff with university degrees in the state sector (see enclosure 5). The agreement and the protocol including amendments are available online: http://talent.au.dk/phd/arts/rulesandforms/thephddegreeprogramme/

Salary: http://talent.au.dk/phd/arts/rulesandforms/salary-and-employment/salary-5-3-programme-and-part-b-of-the-4-4-programme/

 

Application
If you require professional guidance regarding your application for the SU PhD scholarship/PhD fellowship please contact the PhD programme director at Anthropology, International Area Studies and the Study of Religion:  http://talent.au.dk/phd/arts/contacts/

For further information, please contact Lotte Meinert, School of Culture and Society, lotte.meinert@cas.au.dk, Phone + 45 87162171.

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: http://talent.au.dk/phd/arts/application/application-guide/

 

Deadline for applications: 15 March 2017 at 23.59 CET
Reference number: 2017-13

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