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PhD scholarships under the Building Stronger Universities in Developing Countries initiative - Growth & Employment Platform.
The Growth & Employment Platform, a collaborative effort between University of Ghana and universities in Denmark with funding from Danida hereby advertise a number of PhD scholarships.
The Growth & Employment Platform (GEP) is one of four platforms in the initiative "Building Stronger Universities in Developing Countries" (BSU). BSU is a partnership between research and higher education institutions in developing countries and Danish universities. The overall objective of the BSU initiative is to strengthen universities in developing countries to increasingly play a role in the economic, social and political development of the societies in which they are located.
The GEP initially involves partner institutions from Ghana, Tanzania and Denmark. The development objective of the platform is to enhance the capacity of partner institutions in Ghana and Tanzania to promote sustainable growth and employment through research, education and dissemination of research findings. The academic foundation of the GEP rests on three academic competence areas with multiple interfaces across partner universities: (i) Development economics; (ii) Management and leadership; and (iii) Agriculture and agribusiness.
Based on relevance for growth and employment in Ghana and Tanzania and reflecting the capacities, approaches and expertise nested within these three competence areas, the GEP has initially identified five academic focus areas: (i) Macroeconomic governance and growth; (ii) Innovation and diffusion processes; (iii) Agricultural value chains; (iv) Uncertainty, shocks and rural livelihoods; and (v) Competitive strategies, upgrading and innovation. Therefore the PhD study must be relevant to one or more of the academic' focus areas indicated here.
The initiative receives core funding from Danida and is co-funded by the participating universities. Read
more about the platform on www.growthandemployment.org
Only applications from candidates that fulfil the below criteria will be considered:
• An MPhil degree has been completed at the time of application
• Candidate must ordinarily be below 40 years of age at time of application
• Candidate must be a staff member of University of Ghana
• Candidate must not already be enrolled as PhD candidate at University of Ghana or any other university
General conditions of the scholarships
• The candidate will be enrolled at a relevant department/faculty at University of Ghana;
• The candidate will have a principal supervisor from the university of enrolment and a eo-supervisor from a relevant Danish university;
• The candidate is obliged to do course work equivalent to half a year of study;
• The scholarships are, when deemed optimal and feasible, implemented as a "sandwich-model", where the candidate stays up to a maximum of 10 months in Denmark, typically divided in two stays;
• The offered scholarships will have a 3 year duration;
• The candidate will undertake research relevant to one or more of the academic focus areas of the platform;
• Parallel enrolment at a relevant Danish university may be an option, and the candidate will pursue a double PhD degree.
The application form can be down loaded from www.growthandemployment.org.
The application form must be attached with the following appendices:
• Annex A. Certified copy of second university degree and transcript; where applicable
• Annex B. Brief Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages)
• Annex C. Publication list
• Annex D. A sample of own scientific writing (max. 20 pages). In the case of eo-authorship, the applicant should indicate his/her contribution
• Annex E. A PhD project synopsis of maximum two pages
1 January, 2012
Submission of applications:
Applications are to be submitted to the Graduate School.