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 participate in one module 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 All PhD students
Innovative Thinking in Teaching and Learning All PhD students
Managing the PhD Process (including Managing Literature Review) Recommended for Year 1 and 2 PhD students
Quantitative Research Techniques Using SPSS All PhD students


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

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



  1. Ghanaian Applicants

Ghanaian applicants will pay the highly subsidized fee of the cedi equivalent of US$100 per module; that is, 438 cedis per module. (That means if you choose to participate in both schools--that is, you two modules--you will pay 876 cedis). This covers

  • course fees
  • course materials
  • lunch and snacks 

University of Ghana applicants on Carnegie Scholarship may use part of their funding to cover the course fees.


B. Applicants from universities participating for the first time

The first six (6) applicants from any newly participating university within the West African sub-region other than Ghana will receive full sponsorship. (Please email to verify that you qualify for this scholarship).

  • full tuition 
  • return air ticket or reimbursement for road transportation 
  • accommodation in student hall of residence, breakfast included
  • lunch and snacks during module
  • NOTE: there is no per diem. Students will be responsible for dinner and other incidental expenses. 


C.  Other Applicants

Applicants from any African country other than Ghana will be expected to pay a subsidized fee of $100 only per module. (That means if you attend both schools--that is, you take two modules--you will pay $200). This amount covers 

  • tuition
  • course materials
  • accommodation in student hall of residence, breakfast included
  • lunch and snacks during module



Complete the PADA online application here.

Note that your application MUST include

  • a signed endorsement form
  • a copy of a letter of admission to a PhD programme/evidence of current academic registration



The deadline for applications is extended to 15 December 2017.
Successful applicants will be notified by 16 December 2017



To secure a place, payment should be made, at the latest, by 20 December 2017
Payment details here.



For enquiries about the Doctoral Schools or general enquiries about PADA, email