✘ 1 Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship – Ref.ª CRIA/BPD/HERILIGION [HERA.15.033]

Deadline for applications: May 4, 2017


In the framework of the project HERILIGION: The heritagization of religion and the sacralization of heritage in contemporary Europe. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 649307. The Portuguese participation in the project is funded by FCT/MCTES (PIDDAC).


PROJECT: HERILIGION seeks to understand the consequences of the heritagization of religious sites, objects and practices which were not considered heritage before, and which may provoke tensions between heritage and religious constituencies, between religious and secular sacralizations and uses, and between different disciplines and management regimes. HERILIGION will produce new insights which can be used to understand, manage and defuse tensions, benefiting both religious and heritage constituencies in Europe. The research will take place at religious and heritage sites in Denmark, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, and the UK, and focus on emerging practical heritage (so-called intangible cultural heritage) in these countries.  The Portuguese project focuses on the heritagization processes connected with four strategic sites that highlight the multifarious intersections between the secular and the religious approaches to heritage. Within this processes, part of the Portuguese research will be focused on Islamic and /or Muslim related heritage in the national territory, and the political processes around its management.

Scientific Area: Anthropology

Admission requirements:  PhD in Anthropology;  previous work experience on matters related to Islam and Muslims cultures, some of them related to the project topics, namely on heritage in Portugal and in majority Muslim countries; basic knowledge of Arabic; command of oral and written French; perfect oral and written command of English and Portuguese.

Work Plan: The chosen candidates are expected to develop field research in Portugal, focusing on the project’s scientific proposal, and specifically on the Islamic and /or Muslim related heritage in the Portuguese territory, and the political processes around its management. They are thus invited to present suggestions of her/his work plan which will be taken in consideration in the evaluation process.  Researchers are also expected to produce significant scientific outputs for international publication, and to fully participate in other activities of the project.

Applicable laws and regulations: 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.

Workplace: The work will be developed at CRIA-FCSH/Nova, Lisboa, under the supervision of Drs. Clara Saraiva (IR), Maria Cardeira da Silva and José Mapril.

Duration: 12 months, due to start in June 2017. The fellowship contract may be renewed, upon positive evaluation, up to a maximum of 23 months.

Amount of the grant: Monthly stipend of € 1495, following the values of the FCT fellowships for post-doctoral grants (http://www.fct.pt/apoios/bolsas/valores), plus social security voluntary scheme and personal insurance. The stipend will be paid monthly via bank transfer.

Selection methods: CV (80%),   Work Plan proposal (20%). The selection panel may decide to interview the 3 applicants with better classification.

Selection Panel: Clara Saraiva (chair), Maria Cardeira da Silva, José Mapril

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.

Application submission and required documents: The call is open between April 19 and May 4 2017. The applications should be submitted by email to maria.seabra@cria.org.pt, with copy to ana.carrapato@cria.org.pt, using the fellowship reference: CRIA/BPD/HERILIGION.

The applications must include a detailed Curriculum Vitae; PhD Certification; Work Plan proposal (max 4 000 characters), any other documents the applicants considers relevant.