The Pan-African Doctoral Academy at the University of Ghana supports doctoral students and early career faculty with training, mentoring, career guidance and scholarship. The overarching goal of PADA is increase the quality of PhD education in West Africa by providing complementary skills that are essential for the career progression of doctoral students and new PhD holders.

The flagship program of PADA is the doctoral school which offers targeted courses on specialized topics and as well provide opportunities for interdisciplinary and cross-cultural learning. PADA schools combine lectures with interactive and practical sessions, and are facilitated by experienced faculty. Since 2015, the doctoral school has trained over 600 alumni from 15 institutions and 7 countries. PADA schools are held in January and June-July and are open to registered PhD students from the University of Ghana and other African universities.

INVITATION to participate in the January 2018 Doctoral Schools

PADA is pleased to announce a call for applications for its Doctoral Schools in January 2018. The Schools are open to all PhD students from universities in Africa. We especially encourage applications from students in West African universities.


Interested candidates may select up to two modules per school. Applicants are advised to apply early as space is limited and will be offered strictly on a first-come-first-served basis.

Full details about the modules are here.

Note: Only modules that receive the minimum number of applicants will run.

Doctoral School 1: Mon, 15 – Fri, 19 January 2018

Title Eligibility
Communicating Research Results for the Sciences All Science PhD students
Innovative Thinking in Teaching and Learning All PhD students
Managing the PhD Process (including Managing Literature Review) Year 1 and 2 PhD students
Quantitative Research Techniques Using SPSS Year 2 and 3 PhD students


Doctoral School 2: Mon, 22 – Fri, 26 January 2018

Title Eligibility
Leadership Skills and Career Development for the Emerging Scholar Year 2 and 3 PhD students
Presentation Skills All PhD students
Qualitative Research Methodology Year 2 and 3 PhD students
Statistics for Social and Life Sciences Year 2 and 3 PhD students
Use of Selected Computer Packages for Research Data Analysis: Nvivo Year 2 and 3 PhD students
Use of Selected Computer Packages for Research Data Analysis: ‘R’ Year 2 and 3 PhD students



The deadline for applications is 30 November 2017.
Successful applicants will be notified by 4 December 2017.

In order to secure a place in the doctoral academy, successful applicants must make payment by 15 December 2017.