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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

PhD Scholarships for Research in Papua New Guinea

Call for Applications for PhD Research Scholarships

Food Security in a Rapidly Urbanising Country:
The Goroka Fresh Food Market, Papua New Guinea
Funded by the Royal Society of New Zealand
Department of Anthropology, University of Auckland
The closing date is 30 July 2012.
Applications are sought for two PhD scholarships, each for three years, to
run from 2012 to 2015. Successful applicants will carry out ethnographic
research in and around Goroka in the Eastern Highlands Province of Papua
New Guinea, under the supervision of Dr Mark Busse.
The research project, which is funded by the Royal Society of New
Zealand's Marsden Fund, addresses food security through an anthropological
study of the Goroka fresh food market. The goal of the research is to
understand the Goroka market as a set of complex social relations from the
perspectives of the diverse participants in it rather than through the
application of Western economic models. This will be achieved through
long-term anthropological research in the marketplace and surrounding
rural hinterland. Successful applicants will spend 15 to 18 months doing
research in Papua New Guinea. The research will involve both team research
and individual research projects which together will provide the basis for
individual and joint publications as well as for each student to write a
PhD thesis.
Each scholarship includes:

1. a stipend of NZ$25,000 per year for three years,

2. student fees for three years (international students at the
domestic student rate), and

3. field expenses (including travel expenses).

1. A Masters degree (2nd class, First Division or above, or Merit and
above) or equivalent in Anthropology or a relevant social science, or a BA
Honours postgraduate degree (First Class / Distinction) or equivalent in
Anthropology or a relevant social science

2. Availability to study in New Zealand

3. Willingness and ability to carry out 15 to 18 months of research
in Papua New Guinea

4. Availability to take up the scholarship in the very near future

5. Satisfy the PhD registration requirements of the University of
Auckland in terms of qualifications and residence in Auckland for the
period of the scholarship (other than the time spent in Papua New Guinea)

6. Demonstrated writing ability

1. Ethnographic research skills

2. Experience in rural areas in a developing country

3. Demonstrated research ability
Potential applicants should contact Dr Mark Busse by email
(<>) for further
information about the research project and application process.
Applicants should provide:

1. a letter detailing relevant education and skills,

2. a curriculum vitae,

3. the names and contact details of two academic referees,

4. academic transcript(s), and

5. a sample of academic writing (publication, thesis chapter, or an
extended essay).
Email applications to Dr Mark Busse
See the University of Auckland website for information on doctoral
registration requirements, fees, other scholarships, and the registration

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