Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Anthropology 2017, Portugal

Publish Date: Feb 20, 2017

Deadline: Mar 20, 2017

About the program

Deadline: from March 3rd to 20th, 2017.

Open Call for 2 Postdoctoral Research Fellowships – Ref. CRIA_CAPASAHARA_BPD_2017

From March 3rd To March 20th 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.

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: Doctorate degree in Anthropology. Outstanding CVs from Ph.D’s in other Social Sciences or Humanities will also be evaluated.

Desired qualifications: Promising research in the extended Western Saharan Region; relevant scientific publications after PhD; theoretical attention to questions of race, social status and “tribal” formations; language skills in English, Arabic, and French.

Work Plan

The chosen candidates are expected to carry out intensive field research on the Western Saharan region (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.


12 months, due to start in April 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 FCSH/Nova, Lisboa, under the supervision of Dr. Francisco Freire.


monthly stipend of 1495 euros (tax free), plus personal insurance and voluntary social security. Complementary benefits include publication fees, travels and subsidized participation in academic meetings.

Selection methods: Applications are evaluated primarily on the research capabilities, experience, and scientific merit of the candidates as shown in the CV and supporting documents. The members of the selection panel can decide to hold interviews, in which case will take in consideration the CV (70%) and the interview (30%)

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 of PhD degree;
three scholarly works; two letters of recommendation from scholars (neither of whom may be the thesis’ supervisor).

Application submission

The applications and all the required documents should be submitted by email to, with copy to , using the fellowship reference: CRIA_CAPASAHARA_BPD_2017.

Deadline: Call is open from March 3rd to March 20th 2017.

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