Ashoka is seeking a PHD Researcher for a UK-based, fully funded opportunity


Youth Years  London, United Kingdom


Position at Ashoka

Ashoka, PhD Researcher, UK

As part of a European Training Network examining the factors that shape public memory, (POEM), Ashoka UK invites applications for a fully-funded PhD fellowship based in our London office.  The PhD would join a consortium of high profile universities, civil society organisations, and SMEs from across Europe for a three-year research programme examining how social organisations can change prevailing mindsets and influence public memory.  Ashoka’s PhD student will focus on public memory institutions that define success for young people – and examine how the paradigm of success is shifting as the world faces new challenges on an unprecedented scale.

Career Stage 

Early stage researcher, i.e., postgraduate with 0-4 years of academic experience

Research Fields 

Critical Heritage Studies, Critical Data Studies Cultural Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Design Anthropology, Dig-ital Cultures, Digital Anthropology, Digital Heritage, Digital Humanities, Digital Museology, European Ethnology, Human Computer Interaction, Information Behaviour, Information Studies, Media Anthropology, Media Studies, Memory Studies, Museology, Museum Studies, Participatory Design, Science and Technology Studies, Social Anthropology, Software Studies, Visitor Studies, Visual Anthropology, Visual Sociology.

Benefits and salary 

The successful candidates will receive an attractive salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for early stage researchers. The exact salary will be confirmed upon appointment. The salary includes a living allowance, a mobility allowance and a family allowance (if married). The guaranteed PhD funding is for a 3-year full-time contract. In addition to their individual scientific projects and the excellent institutional environment, all fellows will benefit from continuing measures for career development, which includes secondments, a variety of training modules as well as transferable skills courses, and active participation in workshops, conferences and public events.

Eligibility criteria 

– Recognised Master’s degree in the above-mentioned research fields or other related subjects. To be eligible for admission to the programme students must have a high-quality Master’s degree or an equivalent academic degree from an internationally recognised university.

– Early-stage researchers are those who, at the time of employment, are in the first four years (or full-time equivalent) of their research careers and not in possession of a doctoral degree. Research experience is calculated from the date they obtained a degree which formally entitled them to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the research training is provided, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate was envisaged.

– Conditions of international mobility of researchers: Researchers are required to undertake transnational mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up this role.  At the time of employment, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the U.K. for more than 12 months in total during the last 3 years. Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account. Please also answer the questions under the heading “Application” on the POEM website:

– English language: Applicants must demonstrate that their ability to understand and express themselves in both written and oral English is sufficiently advanced for them to fully benefit from the network training. Recognised English language certificates (e.g., TOEFL, IELTS) must be submitted along with the application.

The ETN-POEM is explicitly committed to the principle of equal opportunities. Qualified women are especially encouraged to apply. Severely disabled applicants will be preferentially considered in case of equivalent qualifications.

Key Duties 

The post holder will be expected to undertake the programme of work as detailed in the work section of the POEM consortium agreement and MSCA-ETN grant programme.

Key duties include: 

– Progress the research theme with diligence, independently and as part of the wider POEM consortium, with constant reference to innovation.
– To work closely with other researchers in the collaborating network. This will include travel to other sites for short-term research visits, in addition to the planned longer placements.
– Attend and present at POEM training activities and meetings as outlined in the wider programme, includ-ing at national/international conferences relevant to the research.
– Undertake secondments as indicated.
– Report on progress regularly to the network and the rest of the research group.
– Document their research findings for publication in leading peer-reviewed international journals and con-ferences.
– Help plan regular meetings between the network partners and present updates at these meetings.
– Engage in outreach activities and public dissemination of knowledge.
– The post holder will also be expected to undertake such other duties, commensurate with the grading of the post, which may be assigned by the grant holder.

Recruitment Procedure 

Candidates must apply electronically in English by the 15th March 2018 and are requested to send their application as a PDF file (max. 5 MB) to Applicants are requested to indicate their preference for Ashoka’s PhD with the reference number POEM PhD No 8 in the e-mail’s subject line and justify their choice in the motivation letter, also answering the questions: For how long have you been working in a field of research? In which countries have you lived since 1 October 2015? The application must comprise all requested information including:

– a letter of motivation
– detailed up-to date CV
– relevant documents and copies of diploma such as verified Bachelor’s and Master´s transcripts of rec-ords with diploma supplement,
– proof of sufficient English language skills (e.g., TOEFL, IELTS),
– two nominated referees that can be contacted
– master thesis and sample of academic writing in English (if applicable, e.g. paper, essay, publication, etc.), and
– project samples like exhibitions, designs, and other portfolio materials or links to external sources (if ap-plicable).

The POEM Recruitment Committee will select and invite shortlisted candidates for a recruitment event which will take place 18th May 2018 at the University of Hamburg, Germany. Travel expenses for candidates from EU countries will be reimbursed. Shortlisted applicants from overseas will be invited to take part by video-conference. The selected candidates may have to work on a case study, provide a 15-minute presentation of their results and be examined by the POEM Recruitment Committees. The starting date for the selected PhDs will be 1st October 2018. Please send your applications to  Further information about the application may be found at:


– Strong interest in interdisciplinary collaboration.
– Strong motivation to work in a cooperative and flexible team of teams environment.
– Be prepared to travel and fulfil all secondments.
– Prepared to contribute to the to the outreach of the project, especially by: 1. participation in publications in high ranked journals, the development of the POEM toolbox and the POEM model, 2. Active participation at scientific conferences, policy workshops, public debates and panels, etc. at national and EU-level to address scientific communities, memory institutions, cultural industry, IT sector, and the broad public, 3. Participation in media communication (Twitter account, POEM blog and website) as form of research-reflexivity and spreading project information on EU level using European Commission’s com-munication tools.
– IT knowledge (basic communication skills).

PhD 8 Young people’s empowerment and social inclusion through PMW in Ashoka Changemaker Schools

The research project will investigate the competencies, practices, and attitudes that enable an individual to participate in public memory work. It will seek to understand what forms of social organisation support memory making for future possibilities among young people, what encourages participatory memory work (PMW), and under which conditions PMW is empowering for underprivileged school students. Knowledge about forms of social organisation relevant for bottom-up and socially inclusive PMW and qualitative methods/ethnographic research skills are an advantage.

Host: Ashoka UK, United Kingdom
Lead Supervisor: Ross Hall ( & Prof Dr Gertraud Koch (