Three Full PhD Scholarships Available at University of Ghana

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Applications are invited for three full PhD Scholarships for Ghanaian students. D-SIP’s objective is to understand the linkages between peacekeeping contributions, domestic security provision and drivers of stability in Ghana.

The aim is to show how the global is productive of the local, and how institutions, actors, practices, norms and discourse mix to produce novel forms of security governance and global-local linkages.

DIIS is an independent public research institution working with international studies.

Scholarships are awarded for undertaking a collaborative research project on the Domestic Security Implications of United Nations Peacekeeping (D-SIP) in Ghana.

The successful candidates will receive a stipend throughout the 4-year period of their studies, and all costs for fieldwork, PhD training-related travel, and conferences abroad will be covered by D-SIP.

The positions will commence on 1 February 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Scholarship description

Applications Deadline: October 15, 2018 at noon.

Course Level: Scholarships are available to study PhD programme.

Study Subject: Scholarships are awarded for undertaking a collaborative research project on the Domestic Security Implications of United Nations Peacekeeping (D-SIP) in Ghana.

Scholarship Award: The successful candidates will receive a stipend throughout the 4-year period of their studies, and all costs for fieldwork, PhD training-related travel, and conferences abroad will be covered by D-SIP.

Nationality: Ghanaian students are eligible to apply, and the scholarships can be taken in Ghana….University of Ghana.

Number of Scholarships: 3 Scholarships are available.

Eligibility criteria

Successful candidates are required to:

  • Hold a master’s degree in the social sciences, political science, law or inter-disciplinary studies.
  • Be highly motivated to develop a scientific career, and to pursue doctoral studies according to the approved study plan.
  • Possess and demonstrate good scientific writing skills.
  • Have a strong methodological and conceptual background in the relevant scientific disciplines or areas.
  • Ideally have ethnographic fieldwork experience.
  • Ideally have worked with security related issues in Accra, Tamale or elsewhere.
  • Be a constructive and engaged team worker.

English language requirements:

Applicants whose first language is not English are usually required to provide evidence of proficiency in English at the higher level required by the University.

Application procedure

How to apply: Potential applicants are invited to prepare a 4-5-page concept note (maximum 2,000 words) which, with reference to the selected PhD focus (please select from above), outlines a detailed focus for the proposed PhD project as well as research assumptions and questions.

Applicants, who wish to apply for the PhD position under two or more thematic areas, should develop a separate concept note for each of the focus areas. The following details must be included in the concept note:

  • Statement of the research problem and how it will be investigated through more specific research questions.
  • Discussion of the analytical framework of the research problem in light of relevant theory.
  • Description of the geographical and socio-political context of the study (Accra/Tamale).
  • Presentation of the research design and the methods that will be employed to generate the data.
  • Practical considerations.
  • Ethical considerations.
  • Time plan

Please make sure to clearly indicate which of the PhD positions you apply for.

In addition to this concept note, the application should be accompanied by a CV, including a list of publications as well as names and contact details of a 2-3 academic references.

The application should be submitted online to Dr Richard Asante via rasante@ug.edu.gh and richasagh@yahoo.com, with copy to Dr Kwesi Aning (kwesianing2002@yahoo.com), Professor Dzodzi Tsikata (dtsikata@ug.edu.gh), Dr Peter Albrecht (paa@diis.dk), and Professor Raymond Atuguba (atugubaatuguba@yahoo.com).

All five can be contacted for more information on D-SIP.

The applications will be evaluated by an assessment committee consisting of researchers from University of Ghana, KAIPTC, DIIS and DIGNITY. All candidates will be notified.

Interviews with shortlisted candidates will be conducted by the assessment committee at the University of Ghana between 5 and 6 November 2018. The final selection will be undertaken soon thereafter.

For more on this scholarship, visit the scholarship site.

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