2 PhD Scholarships

The University of Nairobi and the University of Copenhagen recently received a grant from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark within the Danida Fellowship Centre framework for the project entitled: “Improving milk and chicken meat quality and safety in the Kenyan food sector (QUALIFOOD)”.

The Grant has provision for two (2) PhD scholarships within the area of anthropology, sociology  or similar social sciences. The successful candidates will register at the Institute of Anthropology, Gender and African Studies (IAGAS), University of Nairobi. The scholarships will cover payment of tuition fee for university of Nairobi, research cost, exchange programs and a living monthly stipend and are strictly tenable for three (3) years only.

Animal rearing and food product processing systems may be hampered by less than optimal on-farm biosecurity measures, unregulated access to, and use of antimicrobials. This may contribute to elevated levels of infectious disease such as bovine mastitis, and bacterial septicemia in poultry and overall contribute to antimicrobial resistance development. The PhD research topics will be centered on food safety in the production, processing and marketing of poultry and milk products, including practices and quality in animal rearing, and use of antimicrobials and other substances in the food chain. The research carried out by the two PhD candidates should provide new insights that contribute to improving the quality and safety of animal rearing approaches and of products marketed for consumption in Kenya or exported.


One PhD will focus on the practices and rationales of farming approaches, farming-related networks and the nature of farmers’ interactions with e.g. veterinarians, and pharmacies.

One PhD will focus on food chain systems, marketing, and consumer perspectives on food safety.


Eligible candidates are invited to apply for the following available 2 PhD scholarships.


Position: PhD in Anthropology



  • Candidates must have bachelor degree in
    • Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology
    • Bachelor of Arts Social Sciences


  • Master’s degree
    • Master of Arts in Anthropology
    • Master of Arts in Social Sciences


  • Publications
    • Qualitative social science research
    • Policy briefs or others

Interested candidates who meet the criteria above are encouraged to send in their applications.

To Apply: 

Submit (upload):


  • Cover letter (1 page) highlighting your suitability for the advertised position above
  • Current Curriculum Vitae with contact information of 3 references (their name,  email address, and phone number)


  • Certified copies of your bachelor’s and master’s degree certificates, and transcripts.


by 30th April 2024 to, , and copy


Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 

There will be no fee charges during the recruitment process.