Call for Applications Interdisciplinary MPhil/PhD Programme in Social Studies - Class of 2023

28 Jun, 2022,

Applications Open. Applications for 2023 are now open. The deadline for applications is Monday, August 1st, 2022. Responses to applicants will be sent out by Wednesday, August 31st, 2022.


The Makerere Institute of Social Research launched its Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Social Studies in January 2012. The five-year programme entails two years of coursework and three years of dissertation research and writing. Four broad themes define the program’s intellectual focus: Political Studies, Political Economy, Historical Studies, and Literary and Cultural Studies. Students specialize in one field but take classes across all four. This allows students to be grounded theoretically, while also giving them a broad foundation in historically informed debates in the humanities and social sciences. In addition, there is a set of core courses with a focus on theory and historiography, required of all students. The courses are taught by MISR faculty, by faculty from other Makerere departments, and by prominent visiting scholars through the MISR Global Scholars Programme. With our eleventh cohort of students well on their way, we are now accepting applications for our twelfth cohort, which will begin in January 2023.

Admission Criteria

The MISR Interdisciplinary MPhil/Ph.D. programme is open to applicants who have earned a B.A. Upper Second or equivalent (students with lower than a B.A. Upper Second must demonstrate evidence of academic maturity such as a postgraduate diploma). Applicants who have a Masters or Ph.D. are welcome to apply; however, all students must complete the entire programme, including two years of coursework, regardless of prior academic qualifications.


The fee structure is as follows:

  • Ugandans/East Africans: 4 million Uganda Shillings per semester. East Africa includes: Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Djibouti, Congo, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Comoros, Mauritius, Madagascar.
  • Students from outside East Africa: US$4,000 per semester.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Every applicant who is admitted will automatically be considered for financial aid. For scholarship applications visit:

Application Procedure: Blended Online/Manual Applications using the new ACMIS System

  1. Visit the Makerere University’s Admission URL and generate a Payment Reference Number (PRN) by following the guide below.
  2. Makerere University Online Application Portal User-guide
  • Visit the Makerere University's Admissions URL and generate a Payment Reference umber (PRN) by following the guide below.
  • Sign up using full name, e-mail and Mobile No. Please note that your name must be similar to the one on your supporting academic documents for your application to be considered valid.
  • A password will be sent to both your e-mail and mobile number.
  • The system will prompt you to change the password to the one you can easily remember.
  • To fill a form the applicant clicks on the APPLY NOW button displayed on the appropriate scheme i.e. Postgraduate and Taught Ph.D. or Ph.D Research
  • Obtain a payment advice slip by clicking on the "Pay for Form1" button.
  • Make a payment at any of the following Banks:
    • Stanbic
    • Post Bank
    • Centenary Bank
    • DFCU Bank
    • UBA Bank
  1. Print 2 copies of the filled system generated biodata form and attach 2 certified copies of your academic documents, 2 copies of all other relevant academic documents, 2 passport photos and the three referees' letters of recommendation. You can access the referees' letter by following the link here: Referee Letter of Recommendation for Admission to Graduate-Programmes
  2.   Submit in office No. 307/308; level3 Senate Building.

5. Procedure for Obtaining a Payment Reference Number for Payment of Application Fees

  • Go to the payment reference site:
  • Fill in your name;
  • Fill in your email;
  • Fill in your telephone number - Go to the next
  • Click on the option number;
  • Application fee UGX 50,000/= (East African applicants) or  USD 60 (International Applicants) will have to submit to office 307; level 3 Senate Building the following:
  • the pay reference number
  • Go to the Bank and pay

5. For foreign applicants, application fees can be transferred either by EFT or any other means in UGX to a designated URA collection account in the Bank of Uganda as follows:

  • Account Number:   003410158000002
  • Swift Code:             UGBAUGKAU
  • Bank Name:            BANK OF UGANDA
  • Bank Address:        KAMPALA, UGANDA
  • Currency:                UGANDA SHILLINGS

Application Deadline

The deadline for applications is Monday, August 1st, 2022. Responses to applicants will be sent out by Wednesday, August 31, 2022.

When you have finished your application please notify the MISR office in charge at

For more information about the MISR MPHIL/Ph.D. programme, or about MISR, please contact the Director of MISR at or visit the MISR website at: