Deadline: March 31, 2012
The Right Livelihood College (RLC) is the global capacity building initiative of the Right Livelihood Award, known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize”.
The RLC Campus in Bonn promotes cooperation and exchange between winners of the “Alternative Nobel Prize”, scientists and policy makers in fields of poverty alleviation, social justice, and environmental sustainability (www.rlc-bonn.de). It is hosted by the Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, and sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
In this context, RLC Bonn and DAAD offer a 3-year PhD scholarship for candidates from developing and transition countries to carry out an empirical PhD research project on a topic related to the topic ‘Social Mobilization for Change’. Social mobilization for change refers to grassroots initiatives where people organise themselves to actively engage for change by working on social, political and economic alternatives as well as justice. Envisioned research projects explore the dynamics of social mobilization, their pitfalls, potentials and conditions of success.
The proposed topics may refer to concepts like political opportunity structures, transnational advocacy networks or post-development.
Proposals should be of practical relevance for the work of ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’ winners (see under: www.rightlivelihood.org/laureates.html).
The position starts as of August 1, 2012.
The candidate will be integrated into the ZEF Doctoral Studies Program, a structured PhD program in English language (www.zef.de/doctoralprogram.html). ZEFs doctoral program is unique in Europe in terms of interdisciplinarity, internationality (students from 80 countries), and size (around 30 new PhD students each year).
ZEF, the host institute of the RLC Campus Bonn, ranks among the Top 10 of Science and Technology Think Tanks worldwide. It is based in the City of Bonn in Germany – a center of international scientific, development and UN organizations.
Qualified applicants should come from a developing or transition country and actually reside there. They should hold an excellent master’s or equivalent degree in development studies, sociology, anthropology, political sciences, geography or related disciplines and have outstanding empirical research expertise in the fields of civil society, participatory and community-based empowerment. Experience in interdisciplinarity is an asset. Fluency in English is mandatory. The age limit is 32 years.
The scholarship is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). It covers a 3-year PhD junior researcher position at RLC-ZEF in Bonn and respective costs for travel and research. Your application should consist of:
- Motivation letter (1 page)
- A CV in EUROPASS format – see template under:
- Two letters of recommendation from professors or supervisors
- Certified academic degree documents (as PDF)
- PhD proposal related to ‘social mobilization for change’ (max. 5 pages)
All documents are to be submitted in English. Closing date for applications is March 31, 2012. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The selection process is due to be completed by mid of April.
Please send your applications via e-mail to:
Dr. Till Stellmacher: email@example.com
RLC Campus Bonn/ Zentrum für Entwicklungsforschung
Walter Flex Str. 3, 53113 Bonn, Germany