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Call for applicants: PhD scholarships for Myanmar students
(deadline July 25th)


The Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies (IHRP), Mahidol University, Thailand and the DIGNITY Institute, Denmark invite qualified applications for two PhD scholarships for Myanmar students within the field of human rights and detention (July 2018-21).

The scholarships are an integral part of the Legacies of Detention in Myanmar research project (2016-21)

funded by the Danish Foreign Ministry’s ‘Consultative Research Committee for Development Research’.


The student will be enrolled in the Ph.D. Program in Human Rights and Peace Studies at Mahidol’s IHRP.

The scholarship grant covers university fees, coursework fees, fieldwork expenses, and living allowance.


The successful applicant must identify a topic of research that fits within the overall theme of the Legacies of Detention project. This project aims to generate field-based knowledge about the history and consequences of detention practices and to explore how the contemporary penal system responds to current political developments. For more information see https://legacies-of-detention.org/


Thesis proposals are welcome within the following areas:

  • Imprisonment and human rights
  • Justice and security sector reform during times of transition
  • Penal politics, culture and history
  • Notions of political imprisonment
  • Women, juveniles, minorities and vulnerable groups in prison


Candidates must fulfil the criteria of IHRP for PhD students with emphasis on the following criteria:

(1)  Graduated with a Master’s degree in any major from a recognized university. The following majors are likely to be highly relevant: sociology, anthropology, psychology, development studies, law, public health or history.


(2)  Have a grade point average of at least 3.00


(3)  Have a clearly defined and complete thesis plan, within the areas mentioned above, which is accepted as suitable to the Ph.D. level by the committee of the Ph.D. Program.


(4). Have English language proficiency, with a TOEFL score of no less than 550 or an IELTS of at least 6.0, or pass the English Proficiency Test arranged by the Faculty of Graduate Studies at Mahidol University


(5)  Exceptions from the above requirements may be made by the program Committee.


Applicants should also be able to demonstrate:


  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Desire to be part of an international research programme
  • Dedication, drive and integrity
  • Experience conducting sensitive research
  • Political sensitivity
  • IT skills


Required documents;

1)  Application form (downloaded at http://www.ihrp.mahidol.ac.th/index.php/en/academic- admissions/application-documents)

2)  Personal Statement

3)  Research Statement

4)  Academic transcript(s) MA and Academic Certificate(s) MA

5)  English Language Test Certificate(s)

6)  Curriculum Vitae

7)  Reference(s) form (at least 2 academic references and 1 professional reference)

Please submit the documents by July 25th 2018 to:

Academic Section

Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies, Mahidol University, Panyaphiphat Building 999 Phuttamonthon 4 Rd., Salaya, Nakhon Pathom 73170, Thailand

Or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (please make sure the size of documents fit to A4)


For further information contact Principal Investigator Andrew M. Jefferson This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Ms. Pannapa (Gift) at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it at IHRP, Mahidol University.


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