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Call for Papers: AfricaLics Ph.D. Academy on Innovation and Competence Building Systems

Applications are now open. The 7th AfricaLics Ph.D. Academy is jointly organized by the University of Gondar with support from the AfricaLics Secretariat hosted at the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS), Kenya. The event is supported financially by the University of Gondar, the AfricaLics network and Sida (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency) through Sida Research.

Application Deadline: 20th June 2021

About the Award: AfricaLics is part of the worldwide research network, The Global Network for the Economics of
Learning, Innovation, and Competence Building Systems (Globelics). The purpose of the 7th AfricaLics Ph.D. Academy is to support the training of African Doctoral students engaged in research in the academic field of ‘innovation and development’. This is a multidisciplinary field which includes researchers from a range of disciplines often studying innovation studies, the economics of innovation, innovation management, technology management, science and technology studies.

Students and faculty working in the field of innovation and development and principally interested in how innovation relates to economic and social development in Africa are the main target group for the PhD Academy, but the Academy also aims to stimulate awareness of policy and management issues related to this burgeoning field of research.

The Academy will host students from around Africa and a handful of students from the rest of the world. The Academy will invite frontier researchers in the field of innovation and development from around the world to provide lectures and mentor students. We will invite applications from a small number of masters degree students to attend the second week of the event.

Due to the unprecedented and continuing COVID-19 pandemic we are moving the Academy online using Zoom conferencing. The event will take place in two blocks of 5 days of training. The first block will be in July 2021 and the second in September 2021. Each day during each of the two weeks will consist of three (3) sessions. Each session will be 1.5 hours long with a break between each session. To enable participation across all of Africa’s time zones, the sessions will start at 08:30hrs GMT and will finish at 15:00 GMT. All sessions will include simultaneous translation into French. Given the move online, the format and sessions have changed a little from previous years. However,
we will still retain the following activities:

  • Lectures by senior researchers on areas ranging from research methodologies to the latest theories and empirical research in the fields of innovation, innovation management and science policy.
  • Presentations by Doctoral students of their work with feedback from the senior scholars facilitating at the event.
  • Sessions focused on enabling interaction between the students and practitioners and policy makers on innovation and development issues

The first week will focus on presentations by doctoral students and various practical skills building sessions relating to studying a PhD. The second week will focus on lectures on theory and methods.
In between the two weeks’ activities (i.e., in August 2021) there will be a requirement to participate in a group activity that will require approximately 16 hours of time. This will mostly be offline activities interspersed with 2 hours of online meetings and interaction on a WhatsApp group.

Type: Call for Papers

Eligibility: PhD students who wish to participate will need to fulfil the following requirements:

  • be at least in the beginning of his/her second year at the time of the academy
  • work explicitly on issues related to policy-oriented analysis of science, technology and innovation1
  • be able to present an original paper reflecting his/her research and/or thesis work Master degree students who wish to participate will need to fulfil the following requirements:
  • be a registered Masters student in an African university on a degree programme in the area of economics, business or management studies, sociology or development studies or similar have a Masters project that will focus on an aspect of innovation studies (i.e. innovation management or innovation systems)
    To improve diversity in the emerging academic community on innovation and development studies research in Africa, we encourage female scholars and those from low-income countries to apply.

Eligible Countries: African countries

To be Taken at (Country): The 7th AfricaLics Ph.D. Academy on Innovation and Competence Building Systems will be held online and hosted by the University of Gondar, Ethiopia and the AfricaLics Secretariat.

Number of Awards: The number of candidates will be a maximum of 25 in week 1 and 35 in week 2.

Value of Award: No sponsorship or travel support will be provided for those who apply and are accepted onto the PhD
Academy programme. Accepted participants will be responsible for ensuring they have good quality internet access for each day of the event.

Duration of Award: Two weeks of online sessions:
26th – 30th July 2021
20th – 24th September 2021

How to Apply:

PhD students who apply must submit an extended abstract of their PhD thesis of not more than 5 pages.
Masters students who apply must submit an extended abstract of their Masters project of not more than 2 pages.

Abstracts should be typed double-spaced in French or in English with font size 12. The abstract should state the objectives, methodology, expected results and (expected) conclusions of the student’s PhD, including supporting figures and main references.

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