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ACCESS PhD Scholarship Application – 2020


Application for the ACCESS PhD Scholarship Application – 2020 entry is now open by the African Centre for Career Enhancement & Skills Support (ACCESS) for all interested applicants in Germany.


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The “African Centre for Career Enhancement & Skills Support (ACCESS)”, a consortium of six African Universities and the University of Leipzig in Germany invites applications for PhD grants. The programme which is financed by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), will analyse the employability of university graduates within the African context. The programme aims to research how graduates in Africa search and find work and build up their careers, and to develop and test innovative concepts for employability promotion at Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) in Africa. Employers in Africa say that they are looking for graduates who can think for themselves, take initiatives, integrate into fast-paced work environments, learn new ways of working and develop creative solutions to real problems.

The successful doctoral candidates will be supported for a maximum of three years, within which they will be expected to produce their PhD thesis in the subject area. They will become member of the Research Academy at the University of Leipzig. Each PhD candidate will be coached and supervised by at least two academic supervisors: one from his/her home institution in Africa and one from Leipzig University.


Scholars are selected on the following criteria:

  • Applicants should have an excellent Master (or equivalent) degree that qualifies for studies in doctoral programmes at Leipzig University;
  • Previous studies in areas such as History, Politics, Economics, Business Studies, Education, Anthropology, Human Geography, Information Systems, Engineering, etc.;
  • A PhD topic which is related to the aims of the ACCESS programme;
  • Be a citizen of Benin, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, or Tunisia.


Applications should include:

  1. A certified copy of the Master (or equivalent) degree, including completed and official certificates and transcripts of previous university studies (academic records which are not in German or in English must be accompanied by English translations);
  2. A research proposal in which an innovative project which falls into the research areas of the programme is This proposal of not more than 3,500 words should include: a brief summary of the proposed project (max. 15 lines); of the international state of the art of research on the topic; and a work plan indicating how the project will be completed within a maximum of three years;
  3. A curriculum vitae;
  4. Two references from academic referees;
  5. When the language of instruction at the candidate’s university is not English then evidence of sufficient English language skills is required (TOEFL 78% or B2 of the European Reference Framework).

Successful applicants will be expected to take up residence in Leipzig, to participate in a course programme, as well as to undertake field research in their home country. Travel and family grants are paid according to DAAD guidelines.


The University of Leipzig is an equal opportunity employer. Women are encouraged to apply. Severely challenged persons with the same occupational aptitude will be privileged.

Please send your application as one or separate PDF documents by E-Mail (indicating in the subject header which of the six African universities you wish to be considered by) to: [email protected]


All applications must be received by 15 March 2020.

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