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Doctoral or post-doctoral research positions – projects Southern Africa 2013

Aides à la mobilité pour doctorants et post-doctorants – projets Afrique australe 2013

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Published on Wednesday, November 14, 2012


Within the framework of its research programmes, the French Institute of South Africa (UMIFRE 25, USR 3336) finances research projects in the Human and Social Sciences on Southern Africa. For 2013, IFAS is launching a call for applications for one or two doctoral or post-doctoral research positions, for a maximum of nine months, non-renewable (save for exceptional reasons). All applications for 2013 must imperatively reach us before the 14th of December 2012.



One or two doctoral or post-doctoral research positions are vacant at the French Institute of South Africa. IFAS is a French Research Institute Overseas (IFRE) under the supervision of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the CNRS, covering Southern Africa (UMIFRE 25, USR 3336).

These positions are financed through non-renewable (save for exceptional reasons) grants (Aides à la Mobilité) for a maximum of nine months. Successful applicants will receive the scientific and logistic support of IFAS and will be involved in the scientific life of the Institute by regularly taking part in the ongoing activities (conferences, seminars, publications, etc.).


Priority will be given to applicants whose research is in line with the research programmes of the Institute :

IFAS has a regional mandate covering ten countries in Southern Africa (South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana and Namibia) All projects focusing on these countries are therefore welcome.


  1. Archaeology, History and Memory


Archaeology and multidisciplinary studies of Middle and Late Stone Age, rock art


Early modern and modern history of Southern Africa, integration of Southern Africa into Atlantic and Indian oceans circulations, history of knowledge, science and techniques


Current issues of memory in Southern Africa, historical regimes


2.     Democratic Transformations and  Urban Dynamics


Democratic mutations in Southern Africa,electoral dynamics, citizenship transformation, identity policies, education, language policy, nation-building processes


Geography and urban studies,historical development of Southern African cities, governance, access to public services, adoption of “best practice” models, migration, xenophobia, spatial justice, right to the city, city memory


  1. Resources


Comparative Development Economics, economic policy, sector-focused studies, Formal/informal labour

Sustainable development, environmental justice

 Employement conditions

The grant comes to €1 200 net per month and, in addition, includes one economic class Paris/Johannesburg/Paris air ticket, and medical cover.

Selection criteria

Nationality will not be a condition for application.

Applicants will be selected on scientific criteria, although the integration potential of the project into the Southern African academic landscape will be taken into consideration.

Application guidelines

List of documents to be enclosed in the application

  1. A short introduction letter from the applicant;
  2. A CV
  3. The application form filled in electronically
  4. A detailed description of the research project not exceeding 10 pages and containing the scientific project, a research agenda and institutional partnerships;
  5. Two reference letters from academics addressed to IFAS-Research Director, Adrien Delmas

Selection process of applications

Please send the application by email with a single pdf document in attachment, containing all the enclosures (including the form and the reference letters) to research@ifas.org.za.

The original of the two reference letters has to be sent by post to:

Adrien Delmas
Ambassade de France en Afrique du Sud / Institut Français d’Afrique du Sud
Service de la Valise diplomatique
13 rue Louveau
92438 Chatillon Cedex

Deadline for applications: 14 December 2012

Replies will be sent to applicants by e-mail after examination by the Scientific Committee of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, during the first quarter of 2013.

NB: non-successful candidates will be considered automatically for the Call for Projects 2013; therefore they do not have to send two separate applications.


  • PO Box 542 - Newtown 2113
    Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa (2113)


  • Friday, December 14, 2012


  • aide à la mobilité, Afrique australe, Afrique du Sud, histoire, archéologie, études urbaines, économie du développement


  • Adrien Delmas
    courriel : research [at] ifas [dot] org [dot] za

Information source

  • Delmas Adrien
    courriel : research [at] ifas [dot] org [dot] za


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« Doctoral or post-doctoral research positions – projects Southern Africa 2013 », Scholarship, prize and job offer, Calenda, Published on Wednesday, November 14, 2012, https://doi.org/10.58079/m3b

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