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Food Security in a Rapidly Urbanising Country – PhD Research Scholarship Opportunity

Call for Applications for PhD Research Scholarships
Food Security in a Rapidly Urbanising Country: The Goroka Fresh Food Market, Papua New Guinea
Funded by the Royal Society of New Zealand, Department of Anthropology, University of Auckland

CLOSING DATE: 30 July 2012.

Applications are sought for two PhD scholarships, each for three years, to run from 2012 to 2015. Successful applicants will carry out ethnographic research in and around Goroka in the Eastern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea, under the supervision of Dr Mark Busse.

The research project, which is funded by the Royal Society of New Zealand’s Marsden Fund, addresses food security through an anthropological study of the Goroka fresh food market. The goal of the research is to understand the Goroka market as a set of complex social rela­tions from the perspectives of the diverse participants in it rather than through the application of Western economic models. This will be achieved through long-term anthropological research in the marketplace and surrounding rural hinterland. Successful applicants will spend 15 to 18 months doing research in Papua New Guinea. The research will involve both team research and individual research projects which together will provide the basis for individual and joint publications as well as for each student to write a PhD thesis.

Each scholarship includes:

  1. a stipend of NZ$25,000 per year for three years,
  2. student fees for three years (international students at the domestic student rate), and
  3. field expenses (including travel expenses).


  1. A Masters degree (2nd class, First Division or above, or Merit and above) or equivalent in Anthropology or a relevant social science, or a BA Honours postgraduate degree (First Class / Distinction) or equivalent in Anthropology or a relevant social science
  2. Availability to study in New Zealand
  3. Willingness and ability to carry out 15 to 18 months of research in Papua New Guinea
  4. Availability to take up the scholarship in the very near future
  5. Satisfy the PhD registration requirements of the University of Auckland in terms of qualifications and residence in Auckland for the period of the scholarship (other than the time spent in Papua New Guinea)
  6. Demonstrated writing ability


  1. Ethnographic research skills
  2. Experience in rural areas in a developing country
  3. Demonstrated research ability

APPLICATION: Potential applicants should contact Dr Mark Busse by email (m.busse@auckland.ac.nz) for further information about the research project and application process.
Applicants should provide:

  1. a letter detailing relevant education and skills,
  2. a curriculum vitae,
  3. the names and contact details of two academic referees,
  4. academic transcript(s), and
  5. a sample of academic writing (publication, thesis chapter, or an extended essay).

Email applications to Dr Mark Busse (m.busse@auckland.ac.nz).

See the University of Auckland website for information on doctoral registration requirements, fees, other scholarships, and the registration process:


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