University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) PhD. Scholarship in Geoarchaeology September, 2020


A  three-­‐year  (2020  –  2023)  Volkswagen  Foundation  funded  project  entitled  ‘Natural Catastrophes and Human Coping Strategies along the Eastern African Coast during the First and Second Millennia AD’ is a multidisciplinary research project hosted in the Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies, College of Humanities, University of Dar es Salaam. The project seeks to recruit a full-­‐time PhD. student for 36 months  (three  years)  to  pursue  a  PhD.  in  Geoarchaeology—that  is,  the  application  of methods of earth sciences (notably geology, geomorphology, hydrology, sedimentology, and geophysics) to archaeological problems. The prospective student will be supervised by  senior  archaeologists  from  the  Department  of  Archaeology  and  Heritage  Studies, UDSM, as well as other experts from within and outside the country.


Research Focus

The  PhD.  project  will  be  executed  on  the  northern  Tanzanian  coast  and  will  explore indicators of environmental changes in the wider history of long human occupation from circa AD 500 – 1900.



Suitable candidates for this position should possess the following qualities: -­‐

  • Be a Tanzanian below 40 years of age and, preferably, an academic staff member from recognized higher learning institution in Tanzania;


  • Hold a bachelor degree (with a 3.8 GPA or above) and a master’s degree (with a grade average B+ or above), specializing in geology, geoarchaeology, environmental archaeology, soil sciences, or a related field;
  • Be able to work in multidisciplinary and multicultural research settings;
  • Be ready  to  enroll  in  a  three-­‐year  PhD  program  commencing  2020/21  academic


Scholarship Value

This scholarship will cover tuition fees and stipends as stipulated in the UDSM postgraduate fee structure. Research costs (both in the field and the laboratory) will be covered within the parent project. This scholarship will also provide support to allow the student to attend at least two international academic conferences.


How to apply

Send you application kit, which should include: i) an application letter, ii) your CV, iii) your academic transcripts, iv) two reference letters from your instructors in a master’s degree program, and v) a statement of intent not more than two pages, to the departmental coordinator of postgraduate studies at: [email protected] cc: [email protected] and [email protected] by 25 September 2020.




For more info and any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Head of Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies

E-­‐mail: [email protected] Phone: +255715200723

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