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PhD Scholarship Special Economic Zones: A Force for Good to Reduce Inequality? – University of Ghana


We seek a PhD student to join the third-party funded project “Special Economic Zones: A Force for Good to Reduce Inequality?”

Application Deadline: 30th May 2020

About the Award: The aim of this project is to bring together a group of researchers from Africa, Asia and Europe to evaluate the implications of Special Economic Zones (SEZs) for development and social inequality in three emerging economies, Ghana, India, and Vietnam. Our research agenda in this project is ambitious, as we aim to determine whether Special Economic Zones can be a useful tool to reduce poverty, and social and economic inequality in developing and emerging market countries. Using micro-level data for individuals, households and firms, researchers at
ISSER will collaborate closely with academic partners in India and Vietnam as well as Germany and Denmark.

Type: PhD

Eligibility: We are looking for a candidate who meets the following criteria:

  • PhD candidate who has completed or close to completion of Year 1 coursework, ideally from ISSER, Department of Economics or the Business School;
  • Excellent academic record and very good grades;
  • Experience and interest in the research area in general and the project in particular;
  • Very good knowledge in applied statistics and econometrics and experience in using statistical software such as Stata;
  • Willingness and commitment to work on papers to be submitted to leading international journals and ambition to complete a very good PhD thesis.

To be Taken at (Country): Ghana

Number of Awards: Not specified

Value of Award: Not detailed

Duration of Award: Not detailed

How to Apply: The application must be submitted electronically to [email protected]

The application should include:

a) A letter of motivation
b) A two-page concept note or proposal on the theme of the project
c) An up-to-date CV
d) A certified copy of full academic transcript (s) and certificate (s)
e) Two letters of recommendation from academic referees; at least one must be from an academic advisor/supervisor.

  • It is important to go through all application requirements in the Award Webpage (see Link below) before applying.

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