The Ghanaian-German Center for Development Studies (GGCDS) is a DAAD Center of African Excellence established at the University of Ghana in collaboration between ZEF and the Institute for Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER). Since its inception in 2008, the GGCDS has successfully established a PhD program in Development Studies and promoted academic exchange and research collaborations between German and African partners.

As an important step to ensure the sustainability of the GGCDS, the DAAD has selected ISSER as host institution for part of its West African Sur-Place/in-Region stipend program. Beginning in 2017, three batches of seven students from Ghana and other African countries will be sponsored for four years each to obtain their PhD in Development Studies. The current program runs until 2022 but can be prolonged after a successful evaluation in 2019.


The objective of the DAAD Sur-Place/In-Region scholarship program is to train highly qualified professionals for the sustainable development of Africa and to contribute to the development of top-quality, cosmopolitan African universities.


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