PhD Funding, Small Scale Fisheries

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PhD Fellowship –The Anthropology of North American Fisheries

Seeking a highly motivated doctoral student to become part of a research project focused on issues and challenges facing small-scale fisheries around the world. The position will be based in the Department of Anthropology at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador and will begin in September, 2014. The student should hold a Master’s degree in Anthropology or a related discipline and will be expected to carry out an ethnographic research project focused on a topic of relevance to small-scale fisheries in North America. Specialization is open, but a willingness to do some field research in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador is an asset.

The successful candidate will receive an annual stipend of no less than $21,000 per year for four years with some additional funding to cover research costs. In addition to completing a fieldwork-based thesis and other requirements for their doctoral program, the student will be expected to present her/his research at conferences and through team publications. Some assistance with conference travel costs will be available.

Applicants should possess strong communication skills (verbal and written) and should be able to work independently. Interested candidates who meet these requirements should send a CV including the names and contact information of three referees to Dr. Reade Davis ( and should be prepared to submit a full application to the PhD program of the Department of Anthropology at Memorial University before January 15, 2014. Information about applying to the program can be found here: Interested persons are also advised to visit Memorial’s website for additional information about the university and its admission requirements and deadlines.

The Too Big To Ignore Research Project
The Global Partnership for Small-Scale Fisheries Research known as Too Big to Ignore (TBTI) is a research network and information mobilization partnership established to: (a) enhance the understanding of the contribution of small-scale fisheries to food security, nutrition, sustaining livelihoods, poverty alleviation, wealth generation and trade, as well as the impacts and implications of global change processes such as urbanization, globalization, migration, climate change, aquaculture, and communication technology on small-scale fisheries; and (b) create an innovative and interactive web platform, an Information System for Small-scale Fisheries (ISSF), for global and local analysis of small-scale fisheries and their contributions to the broader society.

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