PhD Scholarship 2024 (CLAIMS to Energy Citizenship in Cape Town)

Are you passionate about urban studies and looking for an opportunity to advance your research while making a tangible difference in communities? The African Centre for Cities (ACC) at the University of Cape Town invites you to apply for a PhD scholarship in the vibrant field of urban energy transitions.

This opportunity is part of the exciting CLAIMS to Energy Citizenship project, generously funded by DANIDA for the period 2024-2028.

Project Overview

This scholarship aligns with Work Package 1 (WP1), which explores energy access through daily practices and activism. You will engage deeply with communities in Khayelitsha, investigating how local energy solutions like mini-grids influence lives. Under the mentorship of Prof. Karen Waltorp and Dr. Liza Cirolia, your research will be both impactful and grounded in real community experiences.

Who Should Apply for Phd Scholarship in Cape Town?

This opportunity is designed for students who:

  • Hold a Master’s degree in anthropology, geography, sociology, urban studies, or a related field.
  • Have demonstrated experience in ethnographic research, especially in underserviced urban settings.
  • Are ready to immerse themselves in a comprehensive project, attending workshops and collaborating on international exchanges.

Application Requirements

To apply, compile the following into a single PDF:

  • A two-page motivation letter: Explain why you’re drawn to this PhD and how it aligns with your career goals. Highlight your relevant experience and what unique perspectives you bring to the ACC.
  • A concise CV: Include two pages detailing your academic background and contact information for two referees.
  • Academic credentials: Attach copies of your certificates and transcripts.
  • A writing sample: Showcase your analytical skills in a 250-word excerpt.

A committee will assess your application based on academic merit and your alignment with the project’s goals.

How to Apply?

The application process is quite simple send your documents to Ms. Faranaaz Bennett at [email protected]. Make sure to submit it before 19 July 2024.

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