2014/15 Kwame Nkrumah University PhD and MSc/MPhil Scholarships

Deadline: May 20, 2014

Applications are now accepted for PhD and MSc/MPhil Scholarships. The scholarship is under Ghana-Denmark Pilot Research Cooperation Programme with focus on Strengthening Root and Tuber Value Chains in Ghana. The project, which starts from March 2013 and ends in February 2016, has financial support from Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The project has two (2) vacancies for PhD studies and Five (5) partial scholarships for MSc/MPhil studies to develop specialized expertise for elaborate design and testing of solutions to selected critical constraints in the root and tuber value chain.

The two broad areas of interest are:

  • Food science: Testing properties of existing and novel products, and product development
  • Business economics: evaluating cost structures and returns on investment, and identifying feasible business models in various production, distribution and consumption scenarios.

Eligibility Criteria for PhD scholarships

Only applications from candidates that fulfil the criteria below will be considered:

  • An MSc/ MPhil degree in Food Science, Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness Management, Economics, Business Economics, or MBA in Marketing, Strategic Management & Management Consulting, International Business, Entrepreneurship, and Logistics & Supply Chain Management; has been completed at the time of application
  • Candidate must not be more than 40 years at time of application.
  • Candidate must not already be enrolled in a sponsored PhD programme at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology or any other university.
  • The candidate will be enrolled at a relevant Department/Faculty at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology;
  • The candidate will have a principal supervisor from the University of enrolment and a co-supervisor from one of the Danish universities in the consortium;
  • The scholarships are implemented as a “sandwich-model”, where the candidate stays up to a maximum of 6 weeks in Denmark per year
  • The offered scholarships will have a 3 year duration;
  • The candidate will undertake research relevant to one of the focus areas.

Eligibility criteria for MSc/MPhil Scholarship

Only applications from candidates that fulfil the criteria below will be considered:

  • ABSc. Degree in Food Science, Agriculture (with specialization in Agric. Economics or Agribusiness Management), Marketing, Logistics & Supply Chain Management and International Business has been completed at the time of application
  • Candidate must not be more than 32 years at time of application.
  • Candidate must not already be enrolled in a fully sponsored MSc/MPhil programme at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology or any other university.
  • The candidate will be enrolled at a relevant Department/Faculty at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology;
  • The candidate will have a principal supervisor from the University of enrolment and a co-supervisor from one of the Danish universities in the consortium;
  • The scholarships are implemented as full-time programmes in KNUST-Ghana. Co-supervisors from Denmark will come from time to time to monitor student progress.
  • The offered scholarships will be tenable only in the second year of the MSc/MPhil programme to support the research activities of the student.
  • The candidate will undertake research relevant to the focus areas-including:
  • Mapping out of the root and tuber value chain, identification of stakeholders and assessment of the institutional settings (i.e. roles, environmental/economic/social impacts and chain governance issues).
  • Identification and examination of socio-economic, production, technological, processing and marketing constraints in specific root and tuber value chains.
  • Development and testing of proposals that address technological, processing and marketing constraints faced by actors in the root and tuber sector.
  • Testing and improvement on existing root and tuber products for convenience and consumer preference.
  • Development of new/novel products from each of the four chosen root and tuber crops to broaden the utilization base of these crops in Ghana.
  • Development and testing of business models for the newly developed root and tuber products in existing and new markets.

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