PhD Programme in Development Economics

The University of Ghana (UG) is offering a PhD programme in Development Economics in collaboration with the World Institute for Development Economics Research of the United Nations University (UNU-WIDER). Upon graduation, students are awarded a doctoral degree by the University of Ghana. The programme invites applications from qualified persons for a 4-Year Full-time PhD Programme in Development Economics beginning January 2018.



Interested applicants to the PhD in Development Economics must have a relevant Master’s Degree, in economics or a closely related area. The applicant must have taken a year’s coursework at the M. Phil level or its equivalent with at least a B+ average in the core courses of Micro, Macro and Quantitative Methods. Female Applicants and those from the West African sub-region are highly encouraged to apply.



Applicants in Ghana and Ghanaians are required to purchase e-vouchers from any branch of Fidelity Bank, HFC Bank, Ecobank, and ADB and apply online (see School of Research and Graduate Studies website – www.sgs.ug.edu.gh and the main University’s website – www.ug.edu.gh for details). The fee (non-refundable) for the e-voucher is GHc 110.


Applicants outside Ghana and Non-Ghanaians should visit the School of Graduate Studies or the University’s website and download the application form. After completion, the form should be sent to the address below with a non-refundable application fee of US$110 or its equivalent in international money order.


Applicants must in addition submit the following documents:

  1. 2 copies of Certificate(s) authenticated by institution(s) awarding degree(s).
  2. 2 copies of Transcript(s) authenticated by institution(s) awarding academic results
  3. 3 Referee reports (two must be from person(s) who are familiar with the applicant’s academic work, one of whom should be the applicant’s graduate supervisor).
  4. A research proposal (max. 10 pages).
  5. CV showing academic and work experiences.


Completed form and supporting documents including “proof of submission” of application must be addressed to, or submitted in person to: 

The Executive Secretary

School of Graduate Studies

University of Ghana

P. O. Box 571

Legon, Accra. Ghana


Applications should reach the School of Graduate Studies by December 5, 2016.  For any additional information please contact the PhD Programme Assistant on Telephone: +233-(0) 30 3931381 or email: Economics@ug.edu.gh


Successful Applicants will undertake internship at UNU-WIDER in Helsinki during the second year of their training. Limited Scholarship is available.                                             

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