PhD Scholarship Announcement: Rights and Resilience in Kenya (RARE)

Date and time: 
Wed, 2018-08-01 10:56

PhD Scholarship Announcement: Rights and Resilience in Kenya (RARE)


The University of Nairobi (UoN), University of Copenhagen (UCPH), and the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) invite interested and qualified Kenyan candidates holding a graduate degree in Development Studies, Human Geography, Environmental Studies, Political Science or any other relevant social science discipline to apply for one of the four PhD scholarships related to the research programme, “Rights and Resilience in Kenya” (RARE).


The research project and the PhD scholarships

RARE is a four-year research project that investigates the relationship between resilience and land rights in the context of pastoral and agro-pastoral climate change adaptation in Kenya. The objective of the project is to ensure secure and peaceful access to land for climate change adaptation and thereby the resilience of all Kenyan citizens. A full description of the project can be found here [Project description].


RARE is organized around four work packages (WP), each of which will have a PhD student attached. Detailed descriptions of the work packages and the four individual PhD scholarships can be found here [Four Work PACKAGES].


General conditions for the PhD positions

  1. The positions will be fully funded and come with an attractive benefits package.
  2. The selected PhD candidates will be enrolled at UoN and UCPH/DIIS with a possibility of attaining a double degree. The scholarships involve two study stays, including course work in Copenhagen.
  3. The scholarships will commence on February 1, 2019 for a three-year (36 months) full time duration.
  4. The selected PhD scholars must work on topics that fit with RARE’s work packages. They must be flexible in collaborating and sharing data with the other PhD students and project researchers for mutual benefit and coherence.


The application

Deadline for submitting the application is August 31, 2018 at 11.59 PM Kenyan time. Specific guidelines for how to submit the application can be found here [Detailed Application Guidelines].Short-listed candidates will be invited to an interview session at the UoN mid-November 2018.



General inquiries about the research project and PhD positions should be addressed to: Prof. Karuti Kanyinga Email:,cc: Dr. Iben Nathan Email:;

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Fri, 2018-10-05 10:56

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