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We invite applications for one PhD position in Global History of the Portuguese Empire

Invitation to sending applications for one PhD position in Global History of the Portuguese Empire under the National Science Center of Poland grant

The Anthropos

Doctoral School, Polish Academy of Sciences, and the Tadeusz Manteuffel Institute of History of the Polish Academy of Sciences invite applications for one PhD position in Global History of the Portuguese Empire under the National Science Center of Poland grant “Imperial Commoners in Brazil and West Africa (1640–1822): A Global History from a Correspondence Network Perspective” (Project No. 2022/45/B/HS3/00473, project leader Dr. Agata Błoch) for the period of 4 years. Job title: PhD student Duration: 48 months Scope of Work:

  • Active involvement in the Historical Research Line of the project “Imperial Commoners of Brazil and West Africa”,

  • Thorough review of the scholarly literature encompassing colonial history, global history, subaltern studies, and the Global South,

  • Proficient reading and analysis of early modern historical source materials written in Portuguese,

  • Skillful identification and critical examination of key concepts crucial to the historical context,

  • Establishing insightful comparisons and forging connections between the colonial experiences in colonial Brazil and West Africa,

  • Proficiency in archival research techniques,

  • Active participation in research team meetings and seminars,

  • Successful completion of a doctoral thesis within a four-year timeframe,

  • Effective dissemination of research findings through conferences, publications, and engaging in popular scientific events.


  • A master’s degree in history or related discipline,

  • Demonstrated experience in paleography with an emphasis on working with manuscripts in Portuguese,

  • Strong analytical aptitude,

  • A strong interest in global history, particularly with an emphasis on the early modern Portuguese Empire, colonial Brazil, and/or West Africa,

  • Proficiency in Portuguese at a minimum level of C1 and a good command of English at a minimum level of B1,

  • Exceptional motivation for scholarly research and commitment to dissertation preparation,

  • Willingness to collaborate effectively in a research team.

Employment conditions under the grant: Starting date: 1 December 2023 Form of employment: scholarship December 2023: Anthropos Doctoral School scholarship 2024: PLN 4,500 gross 2025-2026: PLN 5,000 gross 2027: Anthropos Doctoral School scholarship The scholarship is awarded in accordance with the rules for granting scholarships in the regulations of research projects financed by the National Science Centre (NCN), introduced by the Resolution of the NCN Council no. 25/2019 of 14th March 2019. For more information about the project, see: Required documents: A) recruitment forms I and II, available from the website of the Anthropos IHPAN Doctoral School –, in two files in PDF format, containing: 1) completed application for admission to the School, 2) proposed doctoral project thematically related to research objectives of “Imperial Commoners”, 2) curriculum vitae with a list of publications and other scientific achievements, 3) contact details of one researcher willing to act as referee on behalf of the candidate, 4) a copy of a university master diploma, 5) (if possible) copy of a certificate confirming knowledge of English at B1 level or higher. B) in separate files: 1) a passport style photograph of the candidate, 2) personal questionnaire (available at, 3) a copy of the master’s thesis or its equivalent (in electronic form, preferably PDF), 4) for foreigners outside of the EU: certified copy of the university diploma or an equivalent document. These documents may be certified via the National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA). Documents * should be sent before 10 November 2023 by e-mail to the following address: and (the title of the document: DOKTORANT/KA – PROJEKT KOLONIALNI MIESZKAŃCY). *Questions about the forms or the organization of the recruitment should be addressed to the Anthropos Doctoral School at Documents received after this date deadline will not be assessed. * A candidate’s personal data are processed by the Institute of History at the Polish Academy of Sciences (Rynek Starego Miasta 29/31, 00-272 Warsaw) for the purposes of this application. Data is shared voluntarily, but these data are necessary for the application process. Data will be processed during the necessary period for carrying out a selection process, including archiving. Data can be shared with authorized entities, and administrative and organizational services, on the basis of applicable laws. The person to whom the data belong, maintains the right to access their own personal data, as well as the right to correct that data, delete them or limit their processing. In addition, your personal data can be transferred at your request or you can file a complaint about its processing with the Office of Personal Data Protection. For all matters concerning the processing of personal data, please contact the Inspector of Data Protection of the IH PAN: Detailed information is available on our website:

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