2017 AfricaLics Visiting PhD Fellowship Programme for African Students at Aalborg University, Denmark

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AfricaLics – the African Network for Economics of Learning, Innovation and Competence Building Systems is offering Visiting PhD Fellowship Programme focused on innovation and development. This is a fully funded scholarship available for African students.

The aim of the scholarships and the visiting fellowship programme is to help African PhD students working in the field of innovation and development to strengthen their academic/research qualifications; improve quality of their dissertations and prepare for a career in innovation and development either within academia or outside (e.g. in the private sector or in government/policy making).

AfricaLics is the acronym for the African Network for Economics of Learning, Innovation, and Competence Building Systems. AfricaLics brings together scholars, researchers and policy analysts who study development, innovation, learning and competence building in an African context.

Course Level: Fellowship is available to pursue PhD programme.

Study Subject: This fellowship programme focused on innovation and development.

Scholarship Award: Fellowship awards:

  • Travel costs (economy class) and health insurance will be covered but students have to be registered with the Danish authorities before the health insurance becomes active. This may take some time. Students must, therefore, take out their own health insurance for the first two weeks of the stay.
  • The visiting scholars will receive a stipend of 14.000 DKK per month (equivalent to app. 2000 USD as per April 2017). A fixed amount has also been set aside to cover student participation in selected course activities and for supervision (over and above the stipend). Finally, there is funding for organizing trilateral meetings during the visit between the PhD student, the main supervisor from home institution and the AAU mentor.
  • Students are expected to apply for and pay fees related to residence and work permits themselves. The total amount of the stipend includes fees in relation to this.
  • The scholarship covers only costs related to the visit of the student him/herself. Costs related to accompanying spouses, children or others are not covered. If family members are accompanying the PhD student during the study period in Denmark, AAU needs to be informed about this at the latest when the student confirms participation in the fellowship programme.

Number of Scholarships: Not Known

Scholarship can be taken in Denmark

Eligibility: The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for scholarship:

  • The scholarship option is open to PhD students from low and lower-middle income countries in Africa whose studies – irrespective of sectoral discipline – focus on innovation and development. Female PhD students are particularly encouraged to apply as AfricaLics endeavors to contribute to increasing the currently low number of female scholars in Innovation and Development research studies in Africa.
  • Applicants must be enrolled as PhD students at African universities and must have completed their first year of PhD studies by February 2018. A maximum of four visiting scholarships are available for 2018. The visiting scholarship is complementary to the studies of the PhD students and applicants must already have secured basic funding for their PhD studies from other sources (e.g. African governments, other organisations, self-financing).
  • The programme gives priority to students working on topics related to the research themes identified by the AfricaLics network as important to the future of Africa.

Nationality: Applicants from African Countries (Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia and  Zimbabwe) are eligible to apply for this fellowship programme.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirements: Applicants must be enrolled as PhD students at African universities and must have completed their first year of PhD studies by February 2018.

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.

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How to Apply: The application must be accompanied by the following documents:

  • Outline of PhD
  • Brief CV
  • Letters of support for the application from main supervisor
  • Letters of support for the application from university administration/PhD school
  • Finally, the applicant should up-load one writing example (draft chapter of thesis or other).

Please use the following application form when you submit your application.

Applications with all relevant attachments should be forwarded to visitingphd-at-africalics.org by 22nd May 2017 (COB). Applications not fulfilling the requirements above will not be considered, so please forward any questions you may have to visitingphd-at-africalics.org and you will be assisted.

Application Deadline: Fellowship application deadline is May 22, 2017.

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