New DAAD Sur-Place Stipend Program for the ZEF-led Ghanaian-German Center for Development Studies

May 2017. The DAAD has selected the Institute for Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) as a host institution of its West African Sur-Place/in-Region stipend program. ISSER and ZEF have successfully run a PhD program in Development Studies at the University of Ghana, called "Ghanaian-German Center for Development Studies (GGCDS)" since 2008.

The Ghanaian-German Center for Development Studies (GGCDS) is a DAAD Center of African Excellence, led and established by ZEF and the Institute for Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) at the University of Ghana. Since its inception in 2008, the GGCDS has successfully run a PhD program in Development Studies and promoted academic exchange and research collaborations between German and African partners.

As an important step to make the GGCDS sustainable, the DAAD has selected ISSER as a host institution as part of its West African Sur-Place/in-Region stipend program. Beginning in 2017, three batches of seven students from Ghana and other African countries will be sponsored for four years each to obtain their PhD in Development Studies. The current program runs until 2022 but can be prolonged if the envisaged evaluation in 2019 will be successful.   

The objective of the DAAD Sur-Place/In-Region scholarship program is to train highly qualified professionals for sustainable development in Africa and to contribute to supporting top-quality, cosmopolitan African universities.

The selection process of students will start in May 2017. The DAAD provides funds of 200,000 €.

For more information about GGCDS : http://www.zef.de/project/ggcds