INVITATION to participate in the January 2019 Doctoral Schools

PADA is pleased to announce a call for applications for its Doctoral Schools in January 2019. The Schools are open to all PhD students from universities in Africa. We especially encourage applications from students in West African universities.

Applicants are advised to apply early as space is limited and will be offered 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:   14 – 18 January 2019

Title Eligibility
Managing the PhD Process (including Managing Literature Review)** Recommended for Year 1 and 2  PhD students**
Innovative Thinking in Research, Teaching and Learning All PhD students
Career Development for the Emerging Scholar All PhD students
Qualitative Methodology and Using Nvivo for Analysis All PhD students 

**The University of Ghana will offer a limited number of scholarships to 1st year UG students for the module on 'Managing the PhD Process'. 


Doctoral School 2:     21 – 25 January 2019 

Title Eligibility
Academic Writing and Communicating Research Results All PhD students
Presentation Skills All PhD students
Quantitative Research Techniques Using SPSS Recommended for Year 2 and above

**The University of Ghana will offer a limited number of scholarships to 1st year UG students for the module on 'Managing the PhD Process'. 



The deadline for applications is 15 November 2018.   
Successful applicants will be notified by 20 November 2018. 
Payment must be made by 30 November 2018. 



Complete the PADA online application here.

Note that your application MUST include

  • a copy of a letter of admission to a PhD programme/evidence of current academic registration
  • a signed endorsement form (ONLY University of Ghana year 1 students applying for UG sponsorship for the 'Managing the Doctoral Process' module)



  1.  Applicants in Ghanaian universities

Ghanaian applicants will pay the highly subsidized fee of the cedi equivalent of US$100 per module; that is, 470 cedis per module. (That means if you choose to participate in both schools--that is, you two modules--you will pay 940 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 
  • reimbursement for 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.  All 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



To secure a place, payment should be made no later than 30 November 2018. 

GHANA-BASED APPLICANTS: Pay the cedi equivalent of US$100, i.e. ₵470 cedis per MODULE to PADA at the account number below and forward evidence of payment by e-mail to

Account Name: UG External Funds - PhD Support Account
Account Number: 0100126526401
Branch: Standard Chartered Bank, Legon, Ghana
Sort code: SCBLGHAC

OTHER APPLICANTS: Pay US$100 per MODULE (including bed and breakfast) to PADA at the account number below. To secure a place in the Doctoral Schools, and forward evidence of payment by e-mail to

Account Name: UG External Funds-PhD Support Account
Account Number: 8701526526403
Branch: Standard Chartered Bank, Legon, Ghana
Sort code: SCBLGHAC



Email or call/WhatsApp +233 50 830 4904.