If you’re an African Ph.D. student working in a development and innovation related field, apply for the AfricaLics Ph.D. Visiting Funded Fellowship Program, set to take place at Aalborg University, Denmark. 

Take advantage of this opportunity to increase your academic/research qualifications; improve the quality of your dissertations and prepare for a career in innovation and development either within academia or outside. 

The visiting fellowship program grants Ph.D. students a level of exposure to international knowledge in the field of innovation and development.

If you’re selected, you’ll be granted a 5 months study/research visit at the Department of Political Science, Faculty of Social Science, Aalborg University, Denmark with benefits like allowances and health insurance added.

Application Deadline: July 31, 2020

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Selected beneficiaries of the fellowship receive: 

  • Travel fare (in economy class) 
  • Health insurance which will be activated after students have registered with the Danish authorities
  • A stipend of 16,000 DKK per month (Inclusive of accommodation fund)
  • A certain amount to cover student participation in selected course activities and for supervision 
  • Funding for organizing trilateral meetings between the Ph.D. student, the main supervisor from the home institution, and the AAU mentor during the study period at AAU.


The AfricaLics Ph.D. visiting fellowship program is available for 

  • Ph.D. students from  low and lower-middle-income African countries (as classified by the DAC)   
  • Applicants already enrolled as Ph.D. students at African universities who have completed their first year of Ph.D. studies by December 2020. 
  • Applicants with an academic background (BSc, MSc, and the like.) in 
    • Economics
    •  Sociology
    • Political Science
    • Science and Technology Policy
    • Geography
    • History 
    • Development Studies. 
  • Applicants who are also involved in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics) subjects or even manufacturing but with a social science perspective.
  • Applicants who are fluent in oral and written English 


  • 4 visiting scholarships are available for 2021 complementary to the studies of selected Ph.D. students  

Applicants are encouraged to source for other means of financing expenses not covered by the fellowship.

  • The scholarship covers only costs related to the visit of the selected scholar him/herself. 
  • Fellows are strongly urged to not bring family members for the study visit  as the scholarship award does not  support accompanying family members 
  • The total amount of the stipend that the Ph.D. candidate will receive during the study period in Denmark includes an amount equivalent to the fees that have to be paid, but costs will not be refunded directly. Advance payment is also not possible
  • Priority is given to applicants working on topics that incorporate and reflect themes identified by AfricaLics
  • Female Ph.D. students are particularly encouraged to apply

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Application Instructions

Passports are not required when applying, until after and only if you are selected will you be required to confirm that you have a valid one. The following documents are required to be attached to the application:

  • A brief letter of 1 page/500 word detailing applicant’s background, motivation for applying and expected outcomes of participation in the AfricaLics Ph.D. visiting fellowship
  • A brief outline of your current Ph.D. project including training plan (max. 5 pages)
  • Curriculum Vitae – CV detailing all Ph.D. courses attended so far
  • Letter of recommendation from the applicant’s major Ph.D. supervisor confirming that the Ph.D. student will have completed her/his upgrade/probation by end January 2021
  • Letter of recommendation from the University Administration at the university where the Ph.D. student is enrolled
  • Copies of academic certificates (copies of Bachelor and Master Certificates as a minimum)
  • One writing excerpt (article or chapter) from the current Ph.D. program 

About AfricaLics Ph.D. Visiting Fellowship Program

The African Network for Economics of Learning, Innovation, and Competence Building Systems (AfricaLics) was founded during an Innovation and development workshop that took place in March 2012 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The program unites scholars and researchers with expertise in development, innovation, learning, and competence building in an African context.

The scheme was created after it was realized that Africa needed adequate capacity building for innovation and learning.  Hence, AfricaLics is committed to facilitating the production and use of high-quality research in the field of innovation and development with a view to promoting inclusive and sustainable development in African countries.

AfricaLics academies have trained over 160 students.

Key Dates and Order of Program

All applications must be forwarded to visitingphd@africalics.org by July 31, 2020.

Short-listed candidates will be notified by September 2020

The scholarship visit is expected to take place from 1st February 2021 to 30th June 2021, but the date remains uncertain and unconfirmed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Applicants are reviewed and selected based on every single criterion laid out. 

Following selection, shortlisted candidate s will be required to confirm their interest by signing study agreement form and apply for residence and work permit in Denmark 

Residence and work permit

Selected Ph.D. candidates are to apply and pay for residence and work permit themselves, but the International Staff Unit at AAU will assist students in the whole process of obtaining this. 


Information on accommodation options in Copenhagen will be provided to selected candidates, but paying for it will be up to students. 

A viable alternative is to apply for accommodation at the Danida Fellowship Centre 

The 5 months study program at Aalborg University (AAU), Denmark will entail the following:

  • Students will be given time to focus on analyzing data collected from fieldwork and writing up articles or chapters for their Ph.D. thesis. 
  • Presentations of their project work
  • Participation in a limited number of PhD courses either in Denmark or in countries in Europe that offer courses deemed of particular relevance for the student, which could also be funded by the fellowship on approval.
  • Return to home country and continue work on PhD dissertation in order to finalize and submit.
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