INVITATION to participate in the June 2018 Doctoral Schools

PADA is pleased to announce a call for applications for its Doctoral Schools in June 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, making a maximum of two modules for both schools. Applicants are advised to apply early as space is limited and will be offered strictly on a first-come-first-served basis.

BEFORE APPLYING, read the descriptions and requirements of your preferred modules here.


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

Doctoral School 1:   11 – 15 June 2018

Title Eligibility
Managing the PhD Process (including Managing Literature Review)                                                                                                       Recommended for Year 1 and 2  PhD students**
Academic Writing and Communicating Research Results All PhD students
Presentation Skills All PhD students
Using 'R' for Data Analysis All PhD students ((Requirement: you must have taken a PhD level course in Quantitative Methodology)

**The University of Ghana will offer a limited number of scholarship to 1st year UG PhD students for the module on 'Managing the PhD Process' on a first-come-first-served basis. 


Doctoral School 2:     18 – 22 June 2018

Title Eligibility
Leadership Skills and Career Development for the Emerging Scholar All PhD students                                                           
Innovative Thinking and Learning All PhD students
Quantitative Research Techniques Using SPSS All PhD students
Qualitative Research Methodology and Using Nvivo for Analysis All PhD students 



The deadline for applications is extended to 10 May 2018.
Successful applicants will be notified by 15 May 2018.
To secure a place, payment should be made by 20 May 2018. 



  1. Ghanaian Applicants

Ghanaian applicants will pay the highly subsidized fee of the cedi equivalent of US$100 per module; that is, 440 cedis per module. (That means if you choose to participate in both schools--that is, you two modules--you will pay 880 cedis). This covers

  • tuition
  • course materials
  • lunch and snacks 

B. Carnegie scholarship recipients

Carnegie supported PhD students at UG will have the fee covered from their scholarship. Be sure to indicate on your application that you are on Carnegie sponsorship.

C.  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. 

D.  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



To secure a place, payment should be made by 20 May 2018. 
Payment details here.



Email or call/WhatsApp +233 50 830 4904.