Anthropology

Anthropology

The PhD in Anthropology of the University of Lisbon (DANT.ULISBOA) is a joint programme of the Institute of Social Sciences (ICS) and the Institute of Social and Political Sciences (ISCSP) with the collaboration of the Center for Comparative Studies of the School of Arts and Humanities (CEC/FLUL).

The doctoral programme brings together the two Schools of ULisboa that conduct teaching and research in anthropology. The collaboration of CEC/FLUL adds to the PhD a productive dialogue with comparative cultural and postcolonial studies.

Objectives

DANT.ULISBOA is a four-year programme. The first year consists in a probationary advanced course in anthropology, comprehending classes and seminars and aiming at the elaboration of the thesis proposal, under individual supervision. The following years are dedicated to research and thesis writing, including regular participation at postgraduate and writing-up seminars.

We welcome students who wish to develop innovative research using a variety of methodologies, from fieldwork to archival research. We also welcome and encourage a plurality of research subjects and theoretical approaches, within the tradition of anthropology and in its intersections with other social sciences and humanities.

DANT.ULISBOA professors and students carry out research in several countries in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe, mainly, though not exclusively, in countries with historical relations with Portugal and in the respective diasporas. Our research privileges theoretically informed ethnography and comparison, as well as attention to the historicity of social life, the dynamics of power and differentiation, and past and contemporary processes of sociocultural transformation.

At DANT.ULISBOA students find a dynamic and internationalized scientific community, and benefit from the circulation of researchers and networks established with several international universities in the field of anthropology and in the social sciences in general.

We aim to train qualified anthropologists, capable of mobilizing the discipline’s cognitive capital, their exposure to cultural diversity and their methodological creativity in order to address contemporary challenges, identifying problems, designing and conducting research projects, and developing or mediating interventions with social impact.

Specialties

The degree of Doctor in Anthropology is awarded in the specialties of Anthropology and History, Anthropology of Economics and Labour, Anthropology of Ethnicity and Politics, Anthropology of Health, Anthropology of Kinship and Gender, Anthropology of Material Culture, and Anthropology of Religion and Symbolism.

Directive Committee

João Vasconcelos (ICS, director), Celeste Quintino (ISCSP), José Manuel Sobral (ICS).

Scientific Committee

Cristiana Bastos (ICS), Elsa Peralta (CEC/FLUL), Fátima Amante (ISCSP), João Vasconcelos (ICS), Paulo Castro Seixas (ISCSP), Ricardo Roque (ICS).

Academic Calendar 2021/2022

Academic calendar to be made available in due course.

2021/2022 Course Plan

The PhD in Anthropology has a total duration of 8 semesters, corresponding to 240 ECTS credits.
The first year consists in an advanced training course in anthropology (60 ECTS credits), comprehending classes and seminars and aiming at the elaboration of the thesis proposal.
Thesis proposals are submitted and evaluated by the end of the academic year, in late June.
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

History and Theory of Anthropology – 20 hours of class, 140 hours of individual work, 5 ECTS 
Ethnographic Research Methods – 20 hours of class, 140 hours of individual work, 5 ECTS 
Research Project in Anthropology I – 20 hours of presential tutorials, 280 hours of individual work, 10 ECTS 
Research Seminar in Anthropology I – 20 hours of seminar, 140 hours of individual work, 5 ECTS 
Postgraduate Studies Seminar – 8 hours of seminar, 140 hours of individual work, 5 ECTS 

1st YEAR, 2nd SEMESTER

Public Anthropology of the Environment (Research Areas in Anthropology I) - 20 hours of class, 140 hours of individual work, 5 ECTS
Person and Sociality (Research Areas in Anthropology II) - 20 hours of class, 140 hours of individual work, 5 ECTS 
Research Project in Anthropology II – 20 hours of presential tutorials, 280 hours of individual work, 10 ECTS 
Research Seminar in Anthropology II – 20 hours of seminar, 140 hours of individual work, 5 ECTS 
Postgraduate Studies Seminar – 8 hours of seminar, 140 hours of individual work, 5 ECTS 

2nd, 3rd AND 4th YEARS

Dissertation – research and writing. 20 hours of presential tutorials and 22 ECTS credits per semester
Research Seminar in Anthropology III, IV, V, VI, VII and VIII – 20 seminar hours and 5 ECTS credits per semester
Postgraduate Studies Seminar – 6 seminar hours and 3 ECTS credits per semester

Requirements

a) A master’s degree or legal equivalent in Anthropology or in other Social and Human Sciences;

b) Exceptionally, a bachelor’s degree or legal equivalent, for holders of an academic or scientific curriculum especially relevant in the areas mentioned above that is acknowledged as attesting the capacity to carry out this cycle of studies by the Scientific Committee of the programme.

Admission

CALLS

Applications for the academic year 2021/2022 will be held at ISCSP-ULisboa

Call                                Deadlines
1st Call
Applications from 1st to the 31st of March, 2021
Results April 14th, 2021
2nd Call 
Applications from April 12th to July 9th, 2021
Results July 23rd, 2021
3rd Call
Applications from July 26th to September 10th, 2021
Results September 24th, 2021

HOW TO APPLY

Applications are submitted online and must include the following documents:

a) Bachelor’s and master’s degrees certificates and, if applicable, certificates of other academic qualifications, including transcripts of the courses taken and their respective credits and marks;
b) Copy of the master's dissertation (preferably in electronic format) and, if applicable, copies of the bachelor’s dissertation and published works;
c) Detailed curriculum vitae;
d) Indication of the specialty in which the candidate proposes to pursue her/his dissertation (Anthropology and History, Anthropology of Economics and Labour, Anthropology of Ethnicity and Politics, Anthropology of Health, Anthropology of Kinship and Gender, Anthropology of Material Culture, and Anthropology of Religion and Symbolism);
e) Research proposal that does not exceed 20 pages, clearly presenting the subject of study, objectives and methodology, and elaborating on them within the framework of contemporary anthropological debates;
f) Two letters of recommendation, elucidating the context of the candidate's academic and/or professional relationship with the referee, and assessing the candidate’s aptitude for developing the research proposal presented to the Doctoral Programme in Anthropology of the University of Lisbon;
g) English language proficiency certificate, or self-assessment statement using the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) standard;
h) Letter of intent stating the candidate’s motives for choosing the Doctoral Programme in Anthropology of the University of Lisbon.

Applications will take place only online. If you already have an ISCSP-ULisboa account, you should use your credentials to apply at: https://fenix.iscsp.ulisboa.pt. If you have never been an ISCSP-ULisboa student, you must register at: https://fenix.iscsp.ulisboa.pt/accountCreation.

Tuition Fees

1st year for the first time
2,750 EUR for students enrolled for the first time in the 1st year.

Students who do not benefit from a scholarship or other funding that includes training costs can apply for a support grant up to a maximum of 50% of the tuition fee.

2nd year to 4th year
2,750 EUR per year for students benefiting from a scholarship.
1,375 EUR per year for students not benefiting from a scholarship.

From the 2nd to the 4th year tuition fees are paid to the supervisor’s School.