The scholarship is part of the research programme ‘Violent Exchange as Urban Citizenship: Investigating Policing Encounters in the Global South’, funded by the Danish Social Science Research Council (FSE), DIGNITY and AAU. The programme explores the relationships between policing authorities (state or non-state) and those urban residents that are policed to understand how such relationships shape belonging as well as survival and power relations in urban centres around the world.

Central concepts for the research include reciprocity, sovereign power, corruption, torture, violence and urban studies. Candidates are not bound to reproduce all these concepts but must be able to speak to them in meaningful ways in project proposals. While the scholarship is open to all disciplines and geographical focus, priority will be given to 1) projects that are based upon in-depth qualitative methodology and include fieldwork-based data collection and 2) with a geographical focus on Nairobi.

Successful candidates will be integrated into a larger research group that will be carrying out ethnographic field work in Bangladesh, Kenya, South Africa, the Philippines and the DR Congo. For elaboration on the programme, see

The candidate will obtain their degree from The Doctoral School of Culture and Global Studies at Aalborg University and will be employed by DIGNITY and receive supervision from both institutions. The scholarship lasts 3 years and successful applicants are expected to

  • Complete an independent research project
  • Prepare a PhD dissertation at AAU on the basis of this project
  • Participate in PhD courses corresponding to 30 ECTS points
  • Teach and supervise students as well as participate in other dissemination activities in the Department of Culture and Global Studies
  • Take part in some of DIGNITY’s research activities

Application deadline: October 15.

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