Global PhD Scholarship in Social Anthropology2021 entry
This scholarship deadline has now passed
The University of St Andrews is pleased to offer a scholarship funded by St Leonard’s Postgraduate College, to support an exceptional student undertaking doctoral research in the following project:
Gender and Development in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville
The Autonomous Region of Bougainville (ARoB) is a large island province of Papua New Guinea which, following a referendum at the end of 2019, voted overwhelmingly for independent nationhood. The referendum was the ultimate outcome of a peace agreement signed by the government of Papua New Guinea and Bougainvillean leaders in 2001, following the cessation of hostilities in a decade-long civil war (1988-1998) in the region. ARoB now faces another period of transition, not just in post-conflict rebuilding, but in potentially creating the newest independent country in the Pacific.
Among the aims of the transition process is the creation of a robust policy on gender equality, with the creation of the Bougainville Women’s Federation (BWF) in 2012 as the body responsible for developing and implementing this policy. It was made a legal entity designated as the umbrella organisation for Bougainville women’s groups in June 2020. We are looking to recruit a suitably qualified student who will be able to work with the BWF on some aspect of their policy development contributions, to be determined by the student in coordination with our collaborator in ARoB.
There are currently seven sectors in the Autonomous Bougainville Government: Law and Justice, Economic Development, Finance and Planning, Education, Health, Community Development, and Community Government. Each of these provides a potential entry point for the student to assist the BWF with its review of the policies applied by these departments, and to embark on an analysis of the relationship between the way policies are framed, and the actual needs expressed by the people such policies are meant to serve. For example, some women in business are calling for support from the government for Small to Medium Enterprises. This would be an opportunity for a student to work with both the BWF and local communities to investigate the actual inclusivity of the economic development policy. Another possible area for research is policy advocacy: when key departments in the transitional government are reviewing or developing policies, how can the BWF act to ensure that policies are gender and disability inclusive?
The scholarship will support a co-tutelle doctoral degree programme between the Department of Social Anthropology at St Andrews and the Department of Anthropology at Macquarie University in Australia. The student will be supervised by Dr Melissa Demian (University of St Andrews) and Dr Anna-Karina Hermkens (Macquarie University).
Informal enquiries regarding this scholarship may be addressed to Dr Melissa Demian – email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Domicile for fee status
Level of study
Postgraduate Research (Doctoral)
Year of entry
2021-2022 academic year
The student can start their degree in August 2021, September 2021, or January 2022.
School of Philosophical, Anthropological, and Film Studies (Department of Social Anthropology)
Applicants must not already (i) hold a doctoral degree; or (ii) be matriculated for a doctoral degree at the University of St Andrews or another institution.
Duration of award
Up to 3.0 years. The student will be expected to spend approximately half of the award term at the University of St Andrews and half at Macquarie University/ the Autonomous Region of Bougainville. The successful candidate will be expected to have completed the doctorate degree by the end of the award term. The award term excludes the continuation period and any extension periods.
Value of award
The award covers full tuition fees for the period of time spent at the University of St Andrews. For this period, the student will also receive a stipend payable at the standard UK Research council rate (the 2021-22 annual rate is £15,609).
For the period spent at Macquarie University the student will receive a full fee award and stipend.
Tuition or maintenance award
Tuition and maintenance.
Doctoral Research at St Andrews
As a doctoral student at the University of St Andrews you will be part of a growing, vibrant, and intellectually stimulating postgraduate community. St Andrews is one of the leading research-intensive universities in the world and offers a postgraduate experience of remarkable richness.
St Leonard’s Postgraduate College is at the heart of the postgraduate community of St Andrews. The College supports all postgraduates and aims to provide opportunities for postgraduates to come together, socially and intellectually, and make new connections.
St Leonard’s Postgraduate College works closely with the Postgraduate Society which is one of the most active societies within the Students’ Association. All doctoral students are automatically welcomed into the Postgraduate Society when they join the University.
In addition to the research training that doctoral students complete in their home School, doctoral students at St Andrews have access to GRADskills – a free, comprehensive training programme to support their academic, professional, and personal development.
Apply for admission as a doctoral student – please see the advice on applying for research degree programmes.
Please indicate in your application that you wish to be considered for this Global St Andrews scholarship (reference Demian).
Please contact us should you have any questions regarding the scholarship: email@example.com
When do applications open?
Scholarship application deadline
1 February 2021
When will I hear if my application has been successful?
Within two months of the application deadline. Awards are subject to final signatures between the parties.