Extended: SWOP/Sociology PhD Position

Research Project:

Networked Religiocities: Transnational Urban Religious Flows in Africa

Background information

The Society, Work, and Development Institute (SWOP) and the Sociology Department at the University of the Witwatersrand seek to recruit a PhD Fellow for a Volkswagen Foundation funded research project: “Networked Religiocities: Transnational Urban Religious Flows in Africa”. The scholarship will cover a monthly living stipend, student medical cover, and tuition fees for a period of 36 months.


Masters Degree in Sociology, Anthropology, Urban Studies, Political Studies, Religious Studies, or related disciplines, with an average pass of at least 70% and above. The candidate must have proven research interests in questions of religion, of the urban, and/or of transnationalism.

Scope of Work

The Fellow is expected to conduct full-time doctoral research, focusing on an “innovative” topic relating to the (re-) generative potency of religious networks, circuits, and/or flows between West African and Southern African cities. The Fellow will work very closely with, and will be supervised by, Dr. Obvious Katsaura who is the lead researcher for the “Networked Religiocities” project.

Required documents

  • Cover letter

  • Full CV

  • Copies of degree certificates and academic transcripts

  • Up to 2500 worded pre-proposal

  • A sample of written/ published work

  • Two letters of reference

The pre-proposal may be structured as follows: 1) Introduction; 2) Research Problem; 3) Research Question(s); 4) Theoretical Framework; 5) Methodological Approach.


All documents must be sent to the SWOP administrator, Gugulethu Mabena (gugulethu.mabena1@wits.ac.za) with ‘SWOP-Sociology Ph.D. Fellowship’ in the subject line. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The submission should also be copied to Dr. Obvious Katsaura at obvious.katsaura@wits.ac.za

When submitting the application, the prospective candidate must also ensure that they simultaneously submit an application for admission into the PhD program, preferably in Sociology, at the University of the Witwatersrand. Here is a link to the online application portal: https://www.wits.ac.za/applications/. Those who already have offers, or are already registered, for PhD studies at the University of the Witwatersrand are welcome to apply for this scholarship.

The closing date for applications is Friday 15 December 2017 (extended deadline). Short-listed candidates will be called for interview. The successful candidate should be prepared to start as soon as s/he receives the offer.

For any specific information related to the project, email Dr. Obvious Katsaura.

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