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).
Eligibility and selection criteria
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.
Student requirements and Application Form
Applicants for the AfricaLics PhD sandwich programme should:
- Be enrolled as a PhD student at a university in Africa.
- Have completed their first year of studies by February 2018/upgrade/probation and possess adequate skills in English (the types of language tests that are accepted are listed on the AAU web-page: http://www.en.aau.dk/education/apply/master/entry-requirements
- Be working actively on a subject relevant to the field of innovation and development defined as the study and management of processes that link innovation to development. Innovation is broadly defined as spanning from “new to the world inventions” to the diffusion and use of technology new to the user, including competence building among users of innovation.
- Submit a brief application (3-5 pages) explaining own background, motivation for applying and expected outcomes of participation in the PhD sandwich programme together.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com and you will be assisted.
PhD students from African countries considering applying for the 15th Globelics Conference in Athens, Greece (11-13th October 2017) and PhD students considering applying for the Globelics/AfricaLics academies in 2018 are encouraged to consider applying for participation in the AfricaLics Visiting PhD Fellowship Programme as well.
- Successful candidates will be notified by early September 2017, following which they will be required to confirm their interest (sign study agreement form) and apply for residence permit in Denmark.
- The total amount of the stipend includes an amount equivalent to the fees that have to be paid.
- Additional information on terms and conditions
- 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.
- 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).
- Students are expected to apply for and pay fees related to residence and work permit themselves. 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.
For more information on how to apply for the AfricaLics Visiting PhD Fellowship Programme click here.