Applications are invited for the Thomas Sankara PhD scholarship at a GPN partner university, for students from developing countries
The GPN is an interdisciplinary and international network of excellence with the head office located at the University of Kassel (Germany) and partner universities in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. It co-operates closely with various partner NGOs in the respective countries. The GPN is funded by the programme “Exceed – Higher Education Excellence in Development Cooperation” launched by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
About the scholarship: it will enable and fund research co-operations between partner universities working on Global Partnership in the global economy (in the fields of agriculture, finance, and energy), in development cooperation (access, accountability, deep participation) and/or in knowledge production (Eurocentrism and alternative knowledge).
The GPN decided to name its PhD scholarships after Thomas Sankara being an outstanding personality from the Global South, whose ideas and practices of resisting neo-colonialism and promoting independent pathways for countries of the Global South are deemed to inspire the work of the Global Partnership Graduate School.
- a completed MA/MSc degree (exception: the defence of the MA thesis should have happened until the application deadline), with very good results, in a discipline related to the above topics; the applicant’s last academic degree should not be more than six years ago; if an applicant already started with his/her PhD project, it should have started not more than three years ago;
- a very high proficiency in English (CEFR level: C1 or above) demonstrated by one of the following language certificates: TOEFL, with a minimum score of 95 IBT (Internet-based test); IELTS 7.0 or above; the Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English or an equivalent; native speakers and applicants who have completed [one of] their first degree[s] fully in English do not have to provide an English proficiency certificate; if the PhD dissertation will be written in another language than English: a high proficiency of English (CEFR level: B2 or above) for the participation in the Graduate School demonstrated by one of the just mentioned language certificates.
- academic or vocational experience in one of the disciplines related to the thematic field of global partnership;
- citizenship of an ODA recipient country. If the applicant resides in Germany or other countries which are not on the DAC list and is currently not enrolled in a university, s*he should not have lived in the country of residence longer than two years before the potential start of the scholarship.
Eligible Countries: Developing countries
To be Taken at (University): The universities contributing to the GPN are the following:
- Haramaya University (Ethiopia)
- Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU, India)
- Makerere University (Uganda)
- Rhodes University (South Africa)
- Université des Sciences Appliquées du Développement (USAD, Burkina Faso)
- Université d’Etat Haiti (UEH, Haiti)
- Université Virtuelle Senegal (UVS, Senegal)
- University of Cape Coast (UCC, Ghana)
- University of the West Indies (UWI, Jamaica)
- University of the Witwatersrand (Wits, South Africa)*
- University of Kassel (UKS, Germany)
Only those two universities marked as bold, University of the Witwatersrand and the University of Cape Coast, participate in this call for applications. All other listed universities are only involved as possible secondary institutions providing second supervisors.
Number of Awards: Not specified
Value of Award:
- Building on successful earlier initiatives, the network will include a graduate programme in which PhD students are co-supervised by professors from two partner universities. The supervisors are chosen by the PhD student based on thematic preferences and if they agree to the supervision, they will monitor the thesis progress at least once every three months in a one-hour online session. The PhD student will spend at least six months at the partner university of the second supervisor.
- PhD students of the GPN Graduate School will be based at the respective partner universities (see above) and enrolled in the virtual PhD training programme. Moreover, successful candidates participate in the annual PhD virtual conferences of the GPN Graduate School and get involved in the lively academic exchange and activities within the GPN network.
- This grant will enable them to attend courses in one of the partner universities and improve their proposal. The scholarships will cover a country-specific monthly living allowance (including a family allowance if applicable), the participation in virtual GPN Graduate School activities as well as the opportunity to apply for funding towards completing empirical research. Final admission to the GPN Graduate School is conditioned on the admittance to the PhD programme of the chosen GPN partner university and a positive progress evaluation by the GPN in the first scholarship year.
Duration of Award: The PhD scholarship will be awarded for three years. An extension for a fourth year is possible under certain conditions. In exceptional cases, preparatory PhD grants are given for up to one year for students (especially from countries with weaker higher education systems) who exhibit potential for interesting research but need more academic training.
How to Apply: The application process involves three steps. Your application is only complete if all three are submitted:
- Step 1: Application package
- Step 2: Completion of the online application form and upload of your application package
- Step 3: Two letters of recommendation
- It is important to go through all application requirements in the Award Webpage (see Link below) before applying.
Application Deadline: 29th August 2020 (12:00PM, GMT+1)