PhD scholarship on militarisation in Uganda at the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen (UCPH)
University of Copenhagen Department of Political Science

PhD scholarship on militarisation in Uganda at the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen (UCPH)




Applications are invited for a PhD scholarship at the Department of Political Science, UCPH. The PhD project is an integral part the of the research project “Militarisation, sustainable growth and peace in Uganda” funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark and administered by Danida Fellowship Centre. The project is a collaboration between CRIC, Centre for Resolution of International Conflicts, at the University of Copenhagen, and HURIPEC, The Human Rights and Peace Center, at Makerere University. The successful applicant will thus join a vibrant international research environment and enroll at the Faculty of Social Sciences under Copenhagen Graduate School of Social Sciences. Employment is expected to begin on 1 September 2019.


Deadline for applications: 1 June 2019.  


Project description 

The rationale behind this project is to explore the current trend of militarisation in Uganda with a threefold aim: First, to better understand the militarisation phenomenon in Uganda and to analyse its scope and consequences; second, to contribute to theoretical conceptualisations of militarisation; third, to increase the dialogue and awareness among private and public partners in Uganda about how democratic accountability, protection of rights and state-building can be strengthened in an era of militarisation. Although military control over resources and implementation can in some contexts be a step towards achieving development, it may also undermine a country’s economic performance and could lead to increased instability. This project seeks to examine the nature and extent of militarisation in Uganda in key sectors and institutions and how this process impacts central development agendas, possibilities for oversight, institutional capacities and independence, the country’s political and ethnic dynamics, and the role and agency of civil society. These assessments will include gender sensitive perspectives across different components to examine avenues for the involvement of women in democratic accountability. Ultimately, the analysis of these societal effects will enable the assessment of the viability in the case of Uganda of the strategy of militarisation for accelerated growth in various areas. In terms of long-term objectives, the project aims to contribute to enhancing knowledge and understanding and to better enable both Ugandan actors and international partners to contribute to the overarching Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) No. 16 on peace, justice, inclusive growth and strong institutions.  


The applicant is to independently design and propose a project for the PhD dissertation. Within the larger framework of the general project, the PhD dissertation is expected to address the relationship between militarisation at the regional and domestic levels and/or the Ugandan military, its identity and practices. This description indicates the fields in which to study, not the exact research question(s) to be answered, which the applicant should justify in the project description. While enrolled at UCPH, the PHD student will likely spend one year in Uganda focused on field research and hosted by HURIPEC. The 5 page research proposal should include key questions, theoretical framework, methodology and how your planned thesis will add to already existing research. The research proposal should also comprise a preliminary bibliography and a preliminary study plan. The applicant is expected to partake in the joint development of the research project and of the centre, CRIC.


We are seeking a motivated and creative PhD student who displays enthusiasm and good interpersonal and communication skills. Candidates with documented knowledge on East Africa and fieldwork experience are preferred. Familiarity with military institutions is an advantage. Experiences from outside the academic world will count in the evaluation process. 


Principal supervisor is likely to be Professor Ole Wæver, Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen; 


Shortly, a second PhD position will be announced, where the student will be enrolled at Makerere University, with an interleaved stay in Copenhagen. 


The Human Rights and Peace Center, HURIPEC, a semi-autonomous department under the School of Law was set up by Makerere University in 1993, as the first human rights center of its kind in Sub-Saharan Africa. The centre pursues a vision of contributing to the establishment of an educated, activist, academic society with a high awareness of human rights in Uganda and other countries. It has consistantly engaged in events geared at promoting the understanding and respect for human rights, democratic governance and sustainable peace in the East Africa subregion specifica1lly and Africa generally through teaching, research and outreach. See:


Centre for Resolution of International Conflicts, CRIC, is an interdisciplinary research centre aiming to strengthen the prevention and resolution of violent conflicts through developing analytical tools and practical techniques in collaboration with practitioners. It was originally funded for four years by the then “Danish Council for Strategic Research” and later by the Carlsberg Foundation. More information about CRIC is available at


The PhD programme

The PhD programme at UCPH provides PhD students with strong research training which opens up a window of opportunity to a variety of careers within the private and public sectors. The programme includes the drafting of a PhD thesis, active participation in research networks, PhD courses, teaching, and other forms of knowledge dissemination. The PhD programme can be undertaken as a three year full-time study within the framework of the 5+3 study programme, or as a four year full-time study programme within the framework of the 4+4 study programme.    



Further information about the PhD study programme is available on the website of Copenhagen Graduate School of Social Sciences: 


Under "Legal basis" on the website you will find information about the rules and guidelines for the PhD programme and the Danish Ministerial Order on the PhD Programme at the Universities.  




    The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding society, and invites all qualified applicants, regardless of personal background, to apply for the positions.   

    In order to be awarded a PhD scholarship the applicant has to enrol as a PhD student at the Faculty of Social Sciences, cf. the rules of the Danish Ministerial order No 1039 of 27 August 2013.   


The application must be submitted electronically using the APPLY NOW button below, and must include:    


    Cover Letter detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project  

    Project description (max. 5 pp. double-spaced, not including bibliography)  

    Time schedule  


    Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc/BA and MSc/MA)    

    Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications, documentation of English language qualifications (if any)   


Scholarships in the 5+3 and the 4+4 PhD study programmes  


The 5+3 PhD study programme  

In order to be eligible for a scholarship in the 5+3 PhD study programme the applicant must have completed a two year MSc degree programme, or have earned 120 ECTS credits at an equivalent academic level before starting his or her employment. Applicants should check the study programmes for more detailed descriptions of the entry requirements. PhD students are paid a salary in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The PhD student has a work obligation of up to 840 hours over the 3 year period of time without additional pay. The work obligation can include for instance teaching.  


The 4+4 PhD study programme  

Students who have completed a BSc plus 60 ECTS of an MSc degree programme would enrol as PhD students simultaneously with their enrolment in the MSc degree programme. Applicants should check the study programmes for more detailed descriptions of the entry requirements. Until an MSc degree is obtained, the grant is paid partly in the form of up to 48 state education grant portions (in Danish: SU-klip). More specifically the PhD student will be paid two grant portions per month plus salary for work (teaching, presentations etc.) which totals a workload of at least 280 hours. Payment and conditions of employment are carried out in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). Upon completion of the MSc degree the student is transferred to the salary-earning part of the PhD studies.  


Application process   

On the website of Copenhagen Graduate School of Social Sciences you will find information about the application process and enclosures to include with your electronic application: 


The application must be submitted electronically no later than 1 June 2019.  


After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an expert assessment committee.   


The following criteria are used when shortlisting candidates for assessment:  


1. Research qualifications as reflected in the project proposal.  

2. Quality and feasibility of the project.   

3. Qualifications and knowledge in relevant social science disciplines.  

4. Performance (grades obtained) in graduate and post-graduate studies.  


Each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself. You can read about the recruitment process at  


Please note that it is only possible to upload one document per attachment category. If more than one document has to be uploaded in the same category, please make sure that they are scanned and collected into one file. Applications received after the deadline will not be taken into account.  


If possible, applicants should reserve late June, where a kick-off workshop is held in Copenhagen, and participation of the selected candidate would be valuable.



Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.


Ole Wæver



Application deadline: 01-06-2019

Employment start: 01-09-2019

Department/Location: Institut for Statskundskab

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