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AfricaLics PhD Visiting Fellowship 2020

AfricaLics PhD Visiting Fellowship

The aim of the visiting fellowship programme and the scholarships 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.

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Eligibility and selection criteria

The scholarship option is open to PhD students from countries classified by the DAC as low and lower-middle income in Africa whose studies – irrespective of sectoral discipline – focus on innovation and development.

Female PhD students are particularly encouraged to apply as AfricaLics endeavours to contribute to increasing the currently low number of female scholars in Innovation and Development research studies in Africa.

Likewise, PhD students from low-income countries are particularly encouraged to apply as AfricaLics endeavours to increase research capacity in Innovation and Development in low-income countries in Africa.

Applicants must be enrolled as PhD students at African universities and must have completed their first year of PhD studies by July 2020. A maximum of five visiting scholarships are available for 2019.

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.


The study period at Aalborg University (AAU), Denmark

The visiting scholarship provides successful PhD students with the opportunity to study at Aalborg University, Denmark, for a maximum of approximately five months starting 1st September 2020 and ending 31st January 2021. Students must arrive on the 1st September 2020 to be able to participate in introductory activities, including registration with the Danish authorities and an introductory seminar for the group of PhD students.

Applicants for the AfricaLics PhD visiting fellowship programme should:

  • Be enrolled as a PhD student at a university in Africa.
  • Have completed their first year of studies by July 2020 (upgrade/probation)
  • Have a background (BSc, MSc etc.) within Economics, Sociology, Political Science, Science and Technology Policy, Geography, History or Development Studies. Applicants may also work within the STEM (science, technology, engineering or mathematics) subjects or even manufacturing but from a social science perspective. .
  • Possess adequate skills in English (documentation may be requested. Language tests that are accepted are listed on the AAU web-page
  • Be working actively on a subject relevant to the field of innovation and development as defined above.
  • Submit a brief application 1 page/500 words explaining own background, motivation for applying and expected outcomes of participation in the AfricaLics PhD visiting fellowship programme

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