Call for Applications - PhD Scholarship - Special Economic Zones: A Force for Good to Reduce Inequality?

Starting May 11, 2020 - Ending May 11, 2021


Special Economic Zones: A Force for Good to Reduce Inequality?


We seek a PhD student to join the third-party funded project “Special Economic Zones: A Force for Good to Reduce Inequality?”


The aim of this project is to bring together a group of researchers from Africa, Asia and Europe to evaluate the implications of Special Economic Zones (SEZs) for development and social inequality in three emerging economies, Ghana, India, and Vietnam. Our research agenda in this project is ambitious, as we aim to determine whether Special Economic Zones can be a useful tool to reduce poverty, and social and economic inequality in developing and emerging market countries. Using micro-level data for individuals, households and firms, researchers at ISSER will collaborate closely with academic partners in India and Vietnam as well as Germany and Denmark.


We are looking for a candidate who meets the following criteria:

  • PhD candidate who has completed or close to completion of Year 1 coursework, ideally from ISSER, Department of Economics or the Business School;
  • Excellent academic record and very good grades;
  • Experience and interest in the research area in general and the project in particular;
  • Very good knowledge in applied statistics and econometrics and experience in using statistical software such as Stata;
  • Willingness and commitment to work on papers to be submitted to leading international journals and ambition to complete a very good PhD thesis.


How to apply for the scholarship

  • The application must be submitted electronically to
  • The application should include:

a) A letter of motivation

b) A two-page concept note or proposal on the theme of the project

c) An up-to-date CV

d) A certified copy of full academic transcript (s) and certificate (s)

e) Two letters of recommendation from academic referees; at least one must be from an academic advisor/supervisor.

Application deadline: May 30, 2020

For questions regarding this position please contact Dr. Charles Ackah ( or Prof. Robert Osei (