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INVITATION to participate in the June 2019 Doctoral Schools

PADA is pleased to announce a call for applications for its Doctoral Schools in June 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 for each module here.


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

Doctoral School 1:   June 17-21

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
Qualitative Methodology and Using Nvivo for Analysis Recommended for PhD students in the Arts and Social Sciences
Data Analysis Using 'R' A PhD-level course in quantiative research methods is required. 


Doctoral School 2:    June 24-28

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 deadline for applications is 10 May.

Successfu applicants will be notified by 10 May. 

Payment must be made by 20 May. 



  1.  Applicants in Ghanaian universities

Ghanaian applicants will pay the highly subsidized fee of the cedi equivalent of US$100 per module; that is, GHS 520 per module. (That means if you choose to participate in both schools--that is, you two modules--you will pay GHS 1,040). 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 in the right place on your application that you are a Carnegie grantee.

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. (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


1. You will need to register into the sytem. Make sure to keep your password safely as you will need it during the admission and payment process.

2. Your application MUST include a copy of a letter of admission to a PhD programme/evidence of current academic registration.

Complete the PADA online application here.  



Email or call/WhatsApp +233 50 830 4904.