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  1. kilimasera

    kilimasera JF-Expert Member

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    PhD Scholarship on Media, Empowerment and Democracy in Tanzania
    *PhD Scholarship on Media, Empowerment and Democracy in Tanzania - media ethnographic perspectives*

    The research project, "People Speaking Back? Media, Empowerment and Democracy in East Africa (MEDI/e/A)" offers a full-time PhD scholarship
    (36 months) starting on June 1^st 2010. The PhD student will be registered at University of Dar es Salaam, Salaries follow national standards for PhD students in Tanzania.

    * *

    *About MEDIeA *

    The overall objective of MEDI/e/A (See detailed description in the
    MEDIeA project document at http://mediea. is to explore the role
    civil society driven media and communication technologies potentially
    can have in enhancing participatory governance processes in East Africa, more specifically in Kenya and Tanzania. The
    core inquiry of MEDI/e/A grows from a concern about how young people are
    secured a role in both the local, national and regional development
    processes they belong to and, ideally, should be centrally placed
    within. The research project's analytical challenge is to understand the
    ways and means in which youth as ordinary citizens engage with such
    civil society driven media and communication platforms and what
    socio-cultural and policy related outcomes this may have.

    MEDIeA comprises of a team of four researchers in addition to the two
    PhD students. In Kenya, the team consists of Associate Research
    Professor Winnie Mitullah from University of Nairobi, PhD-student Grace
    Gathiaga (started January 1^st ) and Associate Professor Norbert
    Wildermuth from University of Roskilde. In Tanzania the team consists of
    Dr. Datius Rweyemanu from Department. of Sociology and Anthropology,
    University of Dar es Salaam and Professor Thomas Tufte, Principal
    Investigator of MEDIeA, from Roskilde University, Denmark.

    In addition to empirical research, the MEDIeA project comprises of
    components of dissemination, capacity building and policy dialogue. The
    MEDIeA research program is hosted by /├śRECOMM - Consortium for
    Communication and Glocal Change /at Department of Communication,
    Business and Information Technologies, Roskilde University, Denmark (for
    further information see: http://mediea. ).

    *Objectives of the PhD*

    *It is the general objective of the announced PhD scholarship to
    strengthen the overall research efforts of MEDI/e/A in Tanzania. The PhD
    student is expected to provide *community based research which uncovers
    the synergies and communication relations between everyday life, media
    use, citizen engagement in social and political processes.

    A key working hypothesis in this research proposal is that in the course
    of the last many years' fight against HIV/AIDS, civil society
    organisations have engaged and empowered local communities in ways
    whereby processes empowerment and social change have been articulated.
    It is MEDIeA's claim that this is a phenomenon seen across Africa, with
    initiatives as the Straight Talk organisations in Uganda and Kenya, with
    ADRA Malawi's communication initiatives, with N'weti in Mozambique, and
    not least with the Soul City initiative in South Africa. FEMINA HIP is -
    with 10 years of experience - one of these sustained initiatives which
    have achieved societal impact, including at community level. It is the
    aim of this Ph.D candidate to test this hypothesis. The question is what
    exactly is going on at community level, and to which degree some of the
    identified processes of empowerment and social change may have to do
    with some of the FEMINA HIP initiated media and communication activities.

    It is suggested that the study will primarily, but not exclusively,
    explore the situation amongst young women. This is a priority given the
    fact that young women constitute a particularly vulnerable population in
    many African countries, including in Tanzania. Furthermore, women have
    traditionally been close to invisible and non-participants in the
    mediated public sphere and public debate on development issues.

    In the process of seeking to identify processes of empowerment and
    social change in the community and amongst young women in particular,
    this study will necessarily include a grounded analysis of the strategic
    communication approach employed by Femina at community level.
    Deconstructing their communication strategy will be a fundamental
    element of the study in order to establish possible synergies and links
    - or the 'connectivity - between the Femina communication strategy and
    community-based social change and governance processes. Both individual
    and collective change processes should be assessed. It is further
    suggested that the analysis will include issues such as identifying
    forms of participation, notions of own role in local development,
    connectivity to and opinions about local and other decision-makers.


    To explore the above hypothesis the methodology with be qualitative. The
    study will inscribe itself into the tradition of media ethnographies,
    where the relationship between mediated discourse and the social and
    cultural practices of everyday life is explored. This will include
    medium-term field studies in selected districts.

    It is suggested to make use of research tools developed by international
    organisations such as UNDP/OSG - the information and communication audit
    tool - or possibly the methodologies developed by PANOS for similar
    purposes. This should be further investigated.

    Included in the PhD scholarship is 3 x three months study at Roskilde
    University in Denmark, in 2010, 2011 and 2012. This is to have access to
    literature review, working in an different academic environment and to
    have access to the co-supervisor, Professor Thomas Tufte. On a daily
    basis in Dar es Salaam, the supervisor will be Dr. Rweyemamu.

    *Geographical focus areas*

    Two-three districts will be selected to focus the in-depth study. The
    selection will be based on a series of criteria, including: a) having
    both rural and urban cases; b) long-term involvement by selected civil
    society organization; c) areas where the selected organization has
    strong collaboration with other NGOs and with CBOs, and d) areas where
    the selected organization has collaboration with government authorities.

    * *

    *Who can apply?*

    We invite applications from primarily Tanzanian citizens with an MA in
    Social Sciences or Humanities and with experience in qualitative
    empirical research, preferably in the field of qualitative reception
    studies, media ethnography and/or participatory communication studies.
    Applicants should be prepared to work extended periods in the rural
    areas, in close and prolonged cooperation with the non-governmental and
    community-based organisations selected as case studies by the MEDI/e/A
    team of senior researchers. Applicants must be able to communicate in
    Swahili, besides English, as well as demonstrate the necessary 'social'
    abilities to do research based on a participant observation approach.
    Finally, it would be beneficial if applicants also have experience with
    survey-based, quantitative research designs

    *Application procedure*

    As the description for the Tanzania scholarship are already quite
    elaborate, the applicants are expected to provide their own
    theoretical- methodological reflection upon the initial outline as well
    as suggesting and justifying a research design for the actual study.

    The selection will be based on both the relevant experience of the
    applicant and quality research proposal.

    Successful candidates selected for interviews will be announced on 20^th
    of March 2010. Interviews will be conducted on 24^th and 25^th of March
    at University of Dar es Salaam. Final selection will be announced by
    30^th of March.

    * *

    Please submit:

    1. A research proposal of up to five pages. A proposal must have a link
    with the two Tanzania projects as shown at

    2. A curriculum vitae including list of publications, if any.

    3. A writing sample/publication of 5-10.000 words

    4. Certified copies of Official transcripts of undergraduate degree and
    Master's degree

    5. Two Reference letters

    Please send your application including appendices in one single pdf file
    to Dr. Datius Rweyemamu (datiusr@yahoo. com) at University of Dar es
    Salaam, with copy to Thomas Tufte ( Should you have
    questions regarding the content of the proposal, please contact Dr.
    Rweyemamu or Prof. Thomas Tufte (

    Deadline for submission of applications: 14^th of March 2010.

    Thomas Tufte, Professor
    Bldg 42-3, Roskilde University, POB 260, DK-4000 Roskilde, Denmark
    Tel: (+45) 46743204 Fax: (+45) 46743075 Email:

    Principal Investigator of MEDIeA 2009-2013 (Media Empowerment & Democracy in East Africa)
    Further info at: ├śrecomm, Consortium for Communication & Glocal Change http://orecomm. net
  2. bona

    bona JF-Expert Member

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    cant there be scholarship for some serious stuff e.g medical,engineering that will add to the number of expert vital needed for country to move forward? media,empowerment and democracy should not be a priority to poor countries, leave those luxury to the west, we in poor countries we need technology to produce food, mining and curing diseases!
  3. Abdulhalim

    Abdulhalim JF-Expert Member

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    Mazee scholarship mara nyingi zimekaa ni aina mpya ya ubwenyenye na ku-tap in rasilimali watu kutoka kwa nchi maskini. Ukipiga hesabu ya scholarship nyingi utakuta the top kwenye food chain sio yule mpokea scholarship. I had personal experience in this.
  4. Kaizer

    Kaizer JF-Expert Member

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    Mkuu umesikia zile za JK 130 za uturuki? na wao wana lao jambo. Ila ni kweli wanaotoa scholarship wana lao jambo pampja na kuwa na masharti kibao...wanafanya agenda setting wao! Mfano hii wao wameshaona kuwa sisi tuna haja ya kulink 'media. empowerment and democracy'....dah
  5. carmel

    carmel JF-Expert Member

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    until you understand that there is nothing like free lunch in this world................
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