Doctoral Grant in Households and HIV care in South Africa University of Antwerp, Department of Sociology Belgium

Doctoral Grant, Households and HIV care in South Africa 


The Faculty of Social Sciences is seeking to fill the following full-time (100%) vacancy in the Department of Sociology


Doctoral Grant (FWO-funded project): households and HIV care in South Africa


Job description

  • You prepare a doctoral thesis in the field of medical sociology.

  • You work in close collaboration with a research team of the University of the Western Cape (Cape Town, South Africa) on a cluster randomized controlled trial testing the intermediary role of households in HIV care in the townships of Cape Town.

  • You contribute to teaching and research in the Department of Sociology (Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Antwerp).


Profile and requirements

  • You hold a master degree in social, human or medical sciences, preferably in sociology, psychology, or public health.

  • You can submit outstanding academic results.

  • You have an interest in sociology of health & illness and public health.

  • You are capable of executing quantitative research.

  • You are capable of applying (or learning) advanced statistical analysis techniques (multi-level analysis, structural equation modeling).

  • Your academic English and writing skills allow you to successfully communicate research results.

  • You are willing to execute certain parts of your doctoral work at the University of the Western Cape (South Africa).

  • Your academic qualities comply with the requirements stipulated in the university’s policy.

  • You are quality-oriented, conscientious, creative and cooperative.

  • Also students in the final year of their degree can apply.

  • Foreign candidates are encouraged to apply.


We offer

  • a doctoral scholarship for a period of two years, with the possibility of renewal for a further two-year period after positive evaluation;

  • the start date of scholarship will be September 1st, October 1st or November 1st 2018;

  • a monthly grant amount ranging from € 2.324,20 - € 2.469,08;

  • the possibility of a sandwich PhD at the School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape;

  • a dynamic and stimulating work environment.


How to apply?

  • Applications may only be submitted online, until the closing date June 18th 2018.

  • A pre-selection will be made from amongst the submitted applications.

  • If you are shortlisted, you will be asked to send a piece of text you wrote (article, thesis,…), and you will be sent the full project proposal and you will be asked to write a 1-2 page critical response to this proposal.

  • The interviews will take place in the week of June 25th 2018.

  • More information about the application form can be obtained from

  • For questions about the profile and the description of duties, please contact prof.Edwin Wouters ( or Dr. Caroline Masquillier(


The University of Antwerp is a family friendly organization, with a focus on equal opportunities and diversity. Our HR-policy for researchers was awarded by the European Commission with the quality label HR Excellence in research.


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