PhD scholarship within the ‘PartoMa Research Project’ 2020

PhD scholarship within the ‘PartoMa Research Project’ in the Department of Public Health, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen.


The Department of Public Health at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen invites applications for one (I) three-year PhD scholarship within the research project “PartoMa Project: Enabling Best Possible Childbirth Care in Tanzania”.

The research project is funded by the Danida Fellowship Centre, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.The successful candidate will be on-board by June 1st, 2020.

Read more about-                                   the project                       at:

Skills Qualification and Experience:

  • Applicant must have a relevant master’s degree, e.g. social psychology, sociology, anthropology, human geography, global public health or similar
  • Applicant should   have    strong qualifications and experience of working with qualitative methods and ethnographic approaches
  • Applicant should be fluent in English and Swahili
  • Applicant must possess     strong written         and oral communication skills
  • Applicant should have practical experience of working within the field of public health
  • Applicant should live in Dar es Salaam, or be willing to move to Dar es Salaam for the three-year duration of the project.
  • Applicant should   have    experience of      conducting qualitative research in a hospital setting
  • Applicant should have knowledge of reproductive health and intrapartum care challenges in Tanzania
  • Applicant should   have    experience of       publishing peer-reviewed academic papers In addition to completing the PhD research project, under supervision, the candidate will as part of the PhD programme at the University of Copenhagen be expected to:
  • Complete PhD courses or other equivalent education corresponding to approx. 30 ECTS points
  • Participate in active research environments including a stay in another research environment
  • Obtain experience with teaching or other types of dissemination related to your PhD project
  • Write an article-based PhD thesis (3-4 peer-reviewed publications) based on your project
  • Demonstrate their interest in the project, as well as their ability to work independently, take initiative and be a team player.
  • Possess strong analytical skills, outstanding organizational skills and a drive to be part of a research project and public health innovation efforts.


  • The candidate must be willing to travel to Copenhagen, Denmark, as part of the PhD programme.

The position is only open for Tanzanian citizens Appointment conditions:

The position is a full-time 3-year position and the student will be based at Aga Khan University Campus in Dar es Salaam. The PhD study must be completed in accordance with The Ministerial Order on the PhD programme (Denmark, 2013) and the Danish Faculty’s rules on achieving the degree. The successful candidate will report to Dan Meyrowitsch (Principal Investigator), Morten Skovdal (primary PhD supervisor) and Columba Mbekenga (secondary PhD supervisor).

Please contact Dan Meyrowitsch ([email protected]) or Morten Skovdal [email protected] for a full description of the research project and more information about the position.


Your application in English must be submitted to both Hussein Kidanto ([email protected]) and Dan Meyrowitsch ([email protected]).

Application deadline is 21st May, 2020 23.59pm CET.

Only applications forwarded by email will be accepted and must include:

  • Curriculum vitae – detailing experience in conducting qualitative research
  • Cover letter, including a clear motivation for contributing to the project
  • Copy of relevant diplomas
  • Three letters of recommendation that can attest to your ability to perform this role

The further process:

Shortlisted applicants will be required to write a more detailed protocol/project description and will be invited to a skype interview.

The assessors make a non-prioritized assessment of the academic qualifications and experience with respect to the above-mentioned area of research, techniques, skills and other requirements listed in the advertisement.

Face to face and/or Skype interviews are thereafter expected to be held in Dar es Salaam,Tanzania during V the period 25th to 29th May, 2020.


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