The PhD in Anthropology of the Universidade de Lisboa (DANT.ULisboa) is a joint programme of the Instituto de Ciências Sociais (ICS) and the Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Políticas (ISCSP), with the colaboration of the Faculdade de Letras (FLUL).
The doctoral programme brings together the two Schools of ULisboa that conduct teaching and research in anthropology. The collaboration of FLUL adds to the PhD a productive dialogue with comparative cultural and postcolonial studies.
DANT.ULisboa is a four-year research-oriented programme. The first year, propaedeutic and probationary, has a teaching component that accompanies the work of consolidating the thesis project, under individual supervision. Subsequent years are dedicated to research development and thesis writing, with permanent and personalized guidance, and regular presentation and discussion of ongoing work and results in research seminars.
We welcome students who wish to develop innovative research using different methodologies, from fieldwork to archival research. We also encourage the plurality of themes and theoretical approaches, within the heritage of anthropology and in its intersections with other social sciences and humanities.
DANT.ULisboa professors and PhD students carry out research in several countries in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe, mainly, but not exclusively, in countries with historical relations with Portugal and in the respective diasporas. Our research privileges theoretically informed ethnographic practice and comparative study, as well as attention to the historicity of social life, the dynamics of power and differentiation and the processes of sociocultural transformation, both past and contemporary.
At DANT.ULisboa, students find a dynamic and internationalized scientific community and enjoy the circulation of researchers and the research networks established with several universities of international importance in the field of anthropology and the social sciences in general.
We aim to train qualified anthropologists, capable of mobilizing the discipline's cognitive capital, its exposure to cultural diversity and its methodological creativity, in order to respond to contemporary challenges, identifying problems, equating research programmes and developing or mediating interventions with social impact.
The degree of Doctor in Anthropology is awarded in the specialties of Anthropology of Material Culture, Anthropology of Economics and Labour, Anthropology of Ethnicity and Politics, Anthropology of Religion and Symbolism, Anthropology of Health, Anthropology of Kinship and Gender, or Anthropology and History.
Fátima Amante (ISCSP, coordinator), João Vasconcelos (ICS, coordinator), Elsa Peralta (FLUL), Marina Pignatelli (ISCSP), Nuno Domingos (ICS).
The PhD in Anthropology has a total duration of 8 semesters, corresponding to 240 ECTS credits.
The first year consists of theoretical and methodological training courses and project and research seminars. In the end of this academic year, propaedeutic and probationary, students will present the thesis projects that they wish to develop.
The remaining six semesters correspond to the preparation of the dissertation (132 ECTS credits), along with participation at the Research (writing-up) Seminars (30 ECTS credits) and at the Postgraduate Studies Seminars (18 ECTS credits).
1st YEAR - 1st SEMESTER
|Postgraduate Studies Seminar I||5 ECTS|
|Research Seminar in Anthropology I||5 ECTS|
|Research Project in Anthropology I||10 ECTS|
|Ethnographic Research Methods||5 ECTS|
|History and Theory of Antrhopology||5 ECTS|
1st YEAR - 2nd SEMESTER
|Postgraduate Studies Seminar II||5 ECTS|
|Research Seminar in Anthropology II||5 ECTS|
|Research Project in Anthropology II||10 ECTS|
|Public Anthropology of the Environment||5 ECTS|
|Person and Sociality||5 ECTS|
2nd YEAR - 1st SEMESTER
|Postgraduate Research Seminar III||3 ECTS|
|Research Seminar in Anthropology III||5 ECTS|
|Dissertation I||22 ECTS|
2nd YEAR - 2nd SEMESTER
|Postgraduate Research Seminar IV||3 ECTS|
|Research Seminar in Anthropology IV||5 ECTS|
|Dissertation II||22 ECTS|
3rd YEAR - 1st SEMESTER
|Postgraduate Research Seminar V||3 ECTS|
|Research Seminar in Anthropology V||5 ECTS|
|Dissertation III||22 ECTS|
3rd YEAR - 2nd SEMESTER
|Postgraduate Research Seminar VI||3 ECTS|
|Research Seminar in Anthropology VI||5 ECTS|
|Dissertation IV||22 ECTS|
4th YEAR - 1st SEMESTER
|Postgraduate Research Seminar VII||3 ECTS|
|Research Seminar in Anthropology VII||5 ECTS|
|Dissertation V||22 ECTS|
4th YEAR - 2nd SEMESTER
The following are admitted as applicants:
- Holders of Master degrees or legal equivalent in any field in the Social Sciences and Humanities;
- Exceptionally, holders of a bachelor’s degree or legal equivalent, holders of a relevant academic or scientific curriculum in the fileds aforementioned and that is recognized as attesting to the ability to carry out this cycle of studies.
1st Call: 1st February 2023 to 17th March 2023
2nd Call: 3rd March 2023 to 7th July 2023
3rd Call: 21st August 2023 to 8th September 2023
Applications through the ICS FenixEdu platform: https://fenix.ics.ulisboa.pt.
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The application fee is € 50.
Applications should be submitted with the following documents:
- Bachelor's, Master's and other academic qualifications, including academic transcripts mentioning the grades obtained;
- Copy of the master's dissertation and, if applicable, published works;
- Detailed curriculum vitae;
- Research project presented according to the model in force in the calls for doctoral grants from the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia: title, abstract (150 words), 5 keywords, review of relevant literature (500 words), objectives (300 words ), detailed description of the methodology and tasks to be carried out (1000 words), schedule, bibliography;
- Two letters of recommendation, explaining the context of the candidate's academic and/or professional relationship with the person who recommends him/her and considering the suitability of the candidate's profile for the thesis project proposed to be developed in the Doutoramento em Antropologia da Universidade de Lisboa;
- Certificate of independent command of the English language at the level of written and oral comprehension, or self-assessment of English proficiency using the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) as a standard;
- Letter of intent, setting out the reasons that lead the candidate to choose the PhD in Anthropology at the Universidade de Lisboa.