Apply for University of Ghana Nestlé PhD Scholarships 2020 for Research Excellence

The University of Ghana has, through a 5-year Memorandum of Understanding, received a grant from Société des Produits Nestlé SA to support PhD students in conducting interdisciplinary research in the broad areas of Food and Nutrition Security, and Climate Change.

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The specific research themes, with some related topics, are as follows:

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a. Affordable nutrition: addressing nutritional needs of low-income settings by developing innovative affordable food matrices from locally sourced crops and ingredients, potentially pulses and legumes.

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i. Healthy Diets from a Sustainable Food System for Low-Income Consumers

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ii. Identify solutions for affordable nutrition via Virtual & Rapid Prototyping

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iii. Drying – Binding – Shaping as Enabler of Affordable Nutrition Solutions

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iv. High-shear Granulation as Enabler of Affordable Nutrition Solutions

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b. Implications of climate change on food security and nutritional quality of food for low income settings.

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i. Cocoa shell, a by-product with high food potential to be valorized

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ii. Valorize Moringa for climate friendly nutritious products

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c. Scientific substantiation of the public health impact of the Nestle Iron Awareness Campaign

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The grant is mainly directed to the funding of PhD students and will provide support for tuition, research costs and stipend starting from the 2020/2021 academic year.

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Eligibility

· First or Second year PhD students in a discipline closely related to the research themes above (e.g. Food Science, Nutrition, Food Process Engineering and others).

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· Applicant must have no competing scholarships and commit to fulltime PhD student status.

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· First year applicants must meet the University of Ghana requirements and gain admission into an applicable PhD programme.

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· Second year applicants should have met UG academic requirements including having passed their written and comprehensive examinations.

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· Applicants must possess excellent academic credentials, and demonstrate motivation and capacity to carry out original, innovative and independent research.

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· Applicant must be a national or permanent resident of Ghana

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Application process

Interested applicants should download and complete the application form (link inserted below), and include the supporting documents indicated below, into a single PDF file. Applications should be emailed to:

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The Director

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Institute of Applied Science & Technology

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College of Basic & Applied Sciences

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University of Ghana

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P.O Box LG 25, Legon Email: iast-nestle@ug.edu.gh

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submitted to:

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The Assistant Registrar

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Institute of Applied Science and Technology

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DI Old Chemistry Building

Cruise O’Brien Road (Opposite the Recreational Quadrangle)

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Tel: 0244793703/0208540099

Deadline for submission of applications is 15th May, 2020, at 5:00pm.

Supporting Documents:

· One-page motivation statement

· PhD research proposal of not more than 3 pages (1.5-line spacing) clearly outlining the background, objectives, scope and methodology for applicant’s research (include a budget and work-plan on separate pages). The proposal MUST be related to one of the themes or topics listed above.

· Applicant’s curriculum vitae

· Graduate and Undergraduate Certificates

· Graduate and Undergraduate Transcripts

· Copy of applicant’s national ID card

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Application Deadline: 15th May, 2020, at 5:00pm.