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PhD studentship opportunities

We at the Sainsbury Research Unit (SRU) are delighted to announce scholarship opportunities for postgraduate research starting September 2018, and we’re keen to build up the Africanist student body as part of SRU’s expansion in African art & archaeology.

  • The Robert Sainsbury Scholarship is open to applicants of any nationality and covers university fees, living expenses and an allowance for fieldwork and travel. The application deadline is 1 March 2018.
  • For UK/EU students, further opportunities are available through the Consortium for Humanities and the Arts South-East (CHASE). Up to 75 studentships are available across the consortium. For UK residents, the awards consist of fees and maintenance and for EU residents they are on a fees-only basis. Under UK Research Council rules, international students are unfortunately not eligible. To be considered, candidates need to submit an application to UEA for a place on the PhD programme by 10 January 2018.

Proposed doctoral research projects may focus on any aspect of the arts and archaeology of Africa, Oceania or the Americas that is connected with one or more areas of research of SRU faculty members.

Applicants should demonstrate a track record of excellence in their field and meet the normal entry requirements for the University of East Anglia. Successful applicants will be expected to contribute to the creation of a uniquely lively and mutually enriching research environment across the SRU. See, for example, here [no Facebook account required]

For further information see http://www.sru.uea.ac.uk/study/funding-for-study and please get in touch if you are interested in applying.

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About this blog

This blog has been set up to chart the activities and research findings of two projects led by Anne Haour, an archaeologist from the Sainsbury Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom.

The first project, called Crossroads, brings together a team of archaeologists, historians and anthropologists studying the Niger Valley where it borders Niger and Bénin (West Africa). We are hoping to shed more light on the people that inhabited the area in the past 1500 years and to understand how population movements and craft techniques shaped the area's past.

The second project, called Cowries, examines the money cowrie, a shell which served as currency, ritual object and ornament across the world for millennia, and in medieval times most especially in the Maldive Islands of the Indian Ocean and the Sahelian regions of West Africa. We hope to understand how this shell was sourced and used in those two areas.

These investigations are funded by the European Research Council as part of the Starting Independent Researcher Programme (Seventh Framework Programme – FP7) and by the Leverhulme Trust as a Research Project Grant. The opinions posted here are however Anne Haour's own!

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