3-year Doctoral Fellowship on "Globalizing schizophrenia"
Call for applications
Financing: ERC project 'GLOBHEALTH'
To be based at CERMES3 (UMR CNRS, Inserm, EHESS, UPD), Villejuif/Paris, France
CERMES3 announces a 3-year full-time doctoral fellowship (2014-2017) financed through the European Research Council project GLOBHEALTH, “From international to global: Knowledge and diseases and the post-war government of health”. The PhD is to be defended at EHESS Paris. This doctoral research should centre on a critical history of the development of international research on schizophrenia and other severe mental disorders and the central role of WHO, including but not limited to its 25-year international research programme on schizophrenia. These studies yielded highly contested findings on the course of schizophrenia but also contributed to the development of standardized diagnostic definitions and instrumentation, in the absence of biomarkers; the feasibility of psychiatric epidemiological methods; and a better integration of psychiatry with other medical disciplines. The project will also examine the more recent history in which schizophrenia has been targeted in global health through new alliances, the incorporation of mental health by NGOs, the development of metrics such as the Global Burden of Disease, the linkages with pharmaceutical markets, and the expansion of mental health in health and human rights. Finally the research should focus on both the WHO view of studies on the changing understanding of the countries in which research sites existed. The doctoral project falls under the domain “Placing mental health on the world health agenda: the globalization of a refractory problem one of four to be examined by the ERC project GLOBHEALTH.
The PhD project will be located at CERMES3, Villejuif/Paris, but will involve research in Geneva (WHO) and other sites, possibly in Africa or Asia. Supervision will be offered by Jean-Paul Gaudillière (historian) and Anne Lovell (medical anthropologist).
Applicants should hold a Masters’ Degree in anthropology or history, but other disciplines will be considered. Some background and interest in mental health, psychiatry, pharmaceuticals or public health is an asset. Good oral, reading and writing skills in English are required; some knowledge of French is preferable.
Applicants should include the following in their application:
-‐ contact details, including phone number
-‐ CV (degrees, educational/training experiences, work history, skills, honors/awards, publications)
-‐ transcripts from university diplomas
-‐ letter of motivation
-‐ draft project of 5 to 10 pages. Include: subject, materials, methods, intended outcomes,
dissemination and a timeline for a 3 year project period.
-‐ one sample of writing that applicant deems relevant to the project.
-‐ names and contact details of two persons who can be approached for references.
! Information on CERMES3 is available through http://www.cermes3.fr.
! Description of the ERC project is accessible through http://globhealth.vjf.cnrs.fr.
The complete application is to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Please indicate “Globalizing Medical Genetics - GLOBHEALTH” in the subject line.
The deadline for applications is July 15th, 2014.
The selection will be completed at the end of July 2014 and the successful candidate is expected to be employed by the end of October 2014.