Deadline for applications: May 17 2017
Open Call for 3 Research Fellowships
Early Stage Researchers
From May 2 To May 17 2017
CAPSAHARA: Critical Approaches to Politics, Social Activism and Islamic Militancy the Western Saharan Region (European Research Council STG-716467-2016), hosted by the Centro em Rede de Investigação em Antropologia (CRIA), Lisbon, Portugal (http://cria.org.pt/wp/en/)
PROJECT: CAPSAHARA proposes an analysis of the reconfigurations established in the socio-political vocabulary of the western Saharan region from the “post-empire” to the contemporary period. The project should produce an analysis of the social and political structures shared in the region, of the local variations of those structures (based on case studies), their specific configurations based on social markers such as gender, age, and class; in order to understand the recent articulation of the region’s social and political structures with broader and often exogenous political vocabularies. The project’s results should enable the different contexts under study to be integrated into the wider maps of current scientific research, providing, at the same time a dissemination of its outputs to an extended audience. The project is methodologically based on readings associated with different social sciences, with a particular focus on anthropology.
Scientific Area: Anthropology
Admission requirements: Master degree in Anthropology (outstanding CVs from other Social Sciences or Humanities might also be evaluated); interest in carrying-out field research in the extended Western Saharan Region; theoretical attention to questions of race, social status and “tribal” formations; language skills in English, Arabic, and French.
Work Plan: Candidates must provide a synthetic work plan for their envisaged research on the Western Saharan region (in one of the project’s research locations: Souss-Massa-Drâa region, Tindouf, and the Trarza and Adrar regions of Mauritania), focusing on the project’s scientific proposal: adaptation from a nomadic life style to a state-centered political structure; in-depth analysis of the pervasiveness (or not) of the hassanophone social markers; the current role of religious status groups. Researchers are also expected to produce significant scientific outputs for international publication, and to fully participate in CRIA’s activities.
Applicable laws and regulations (activity basis): The grant is regulated by the Law 40/2004, August 18 (Research Fellowship Holder Statute – http://www.fct.pt/apoios/bolsas/estatutobolseiro) and Regulations for Research Fellowships of Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia in effect (www.fct.pt/apoios/bolsas/docs/RegulamentoBolsasFCT2015.pdf).
Duration: 12 months, due to start in June 2017. The fellowship contract may be renewed, upon positive evaluation, with a possibility for an extension until the end of the project.
Workplace: The work will be developed at CRIA-FCSH/Nova, Lisboa, under the supervision of Dr. Francisco Freire.
Amount: Monthly stipend of 980 euros (tax free), plus personal insurance and voluntary social security. Complementary benefits include publication fees, travel and subsidized participation in academic meetings.
Selection methods: CV (60%), work plan (40%). If deemed necessary the panel will interview the candidates, in which case the evaluation shall be based on CV+work plan (80%) and interview (20%). The panel may decide not to assign all the fellowships.
Selection Panel: Francisco Freire (chair), Maria Cardeira da Silva, Antónia Pedroso de Lima
Advertising/notification of results: The final evaluation results will be posted on CRIA’s website. All applicants will be notified of the results by e-mail.
Required documents: Detailed Curriculum Vitae; Certificate Masters degree;
two letters of recommendation; work plan.
Application submission: The applications and all the required documents should be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with copy to email@example.com , using the fellowship reference: CRIA_CAPSAHARA_BI_2017.
Deadline: Call is open from May 2 to May 17 2017
This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (Grant Agreement 716467).