Call for Scholarship Application (2022/2023) - AQUAHEM PROJECT

Call for Scholarship Application (2022/2023)



Position: PhD Scholarship

Location: Norway, Ghana & Nigeria

Application Deadline: 29th July 2022.

Language(s) required: Fluent written and spoken English.



The University of Ghana (UG), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), University for Development Studies (UDS) and the University of Lagos (UNILAG) in collaboration with the University of Life Sciences (NMBU) and the Norwegian Veterinary Institute (NVI) are offering a unique learning opportunity for motivated graduate students for 3-4 year duration to contribute to a regional project on Aquatic and Environmental Health research and education to support sustainable aquaculture in West Africa.



Aquaculture in West Africa is growing rapidly with the Nile tilapia and African catfish as the two most important farmed fish species. There is the need for more research attention and investments in the sector for better understanding of the culture environment, disease epidemiology and control mechanisms in these cultured fish groups, and the safety of the fish as food for consumers. With increased intensification and resultant proliferation of fish diseases, it has become relevant to build better aquatic and environmental health research capacity to support sustainable development of aquaculture in the sub-region.


Capacity building in aquatic and environmental health (AQUAHEM) is a regional project funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation – NORAD. Under this project, 8 PhD students will be enrolled 4 at NMBU and 4 in the West African partner universities (1 each at UG, KNUST, UDS and UNILAG) with unique opportunity to be trained by regional and international experts. Applications from female candidates are encouraged.


Entry Requirements

We are looking for talented and highly motivated candidates with background/interest in one of the following areas:

  1. Fish health (infectious and non-infectious diseases),

  2. Environmental health (antimicrobial resistance, toxins and contaminants, aquatic waste management etc.)

  3. Food safety (chemical and microbial contaminants in food fish).

  • Applicant must have/be:

    • A First higher education degree in Biological, Veterinary, Aquatic or related Sciences from a recognized university with a good grade (1st class to 2nd class - Lower division),

    • Master’s degree in Biological, Veterinary, Aquatic or related Sciences from a recognized university with a good grade.

    • Excellent writing and communication skills in English.

    • Willing to travel.

    • Strong skills in planning and management.

    • Excellent interpersonal skills and able to work in a team-oriented multi-cultural environment.

    • Trustworthy and of high level of integrity.

  • Applicants should be less than 40 years as of December 2022.



The studentship will cover the cost of tuition, accommodation, travel, research, thesis production and publication plus monthly stipend for 3-4 years.


Our Offer

The position is for only Ghanaian and Nigerian citizens.

Successful candidates will be admitted to one of the following universities: NMBU, UG, KNUST, UDS or UNILAG.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified and expected to attend an interview.


How to Apply

Interested applicants are invited to submit the following information latest by 29th July 2022.

  • A proof of nationality.

  • A cover letter including one-page (max) description of why you are an ideal candidate.

  • A current curriculum vitae.

  • Names and contacts (telephone and e-mail addresses) of two professional referees who are familiar with your qualifications. Your nominated referees ideally should be persons from each of the following category: professional supervisor, academic advisor and/or Head of Unit.


The application link: *https://bit.ly/ScholarshipAquahemProject*


For further enquiries, applicant can contact the following:

  1. UG (Dr. Sam Addo: samaddo@ug.edu.gh, +233554113076)

  2. KNUST, Kumasi (Dr. Regina Edziyie: reedziyie.frnr@knust.edu.gh, +233572921090)

  3. UDS, Nyankpala (Dr. Emmanuel Abarike: eabarike@uds.edu.gh, +233509937305)

  4. UNILAG, Lagos (Dr. Amii Usese: ausese@unilag.edu.ng, +2348034298887

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