Call for Applications – PhD Scholarships

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Developing Ghana’s care economy: Case and potential

We seek four (4) PhD students to join our multidisciplinary team to investigate the case and potential for developing Ghana’s care economy. 


Ghana’s population, as Africa’s broadly, is aging.  A growing population of older people, many suffering from chronic diseases and related disabilities – increases the demand for long-term care (LTC). For the most part such care is provided by unpaid carers, overwhelmingly women, within family contexts.

The time spent and the demands of giving care can impact unpaid carers’ health, limit their education and labour market opportunities, and burden them with high economic costs and financial stress. Concurrently, carers’ knowledge, resources and time constraints can undermine the availability and quality of care they provide and the prospects of those receiving it. In response, private service sector and community-based LTC service forms are emerging. 

Our overall aim is to contribute new knowledge that clarifies the case for expanded LTC service provision in Ghana, and tests potential promising service models as a vehicle for enhancing women’s well-being, education and labour market opportunities and care quality. This demands inquiry into the scope, patterns and normative basis of unpaid LTC provision, the nature of- and inequities in its consequences, concrete care arrangements that can benefit care recipients, caregivers and society, and how care systems could be organized and financed. We will address this gap with an incisive mixed-method study in Ghana looking at:

  1. Unpaid LTC arrangements and their effects on caregivers’ subjective well-being, mental and physical health, education and labour market opportunities, and on the quality of the care provided
  2. Existing and future need, demand and financing options for LTC services, and estimated impact on unpaid carers’ labour market outcomes
  3. The landscape of the existing organized LTC provision and organizational, operational, workforce and financing approaches
  4. LTC service clients’, care workers’ and providers’ experiences of care quality, work conditions, LTC service business potentials and of the impacts of service access on clients’ subjective well-being and opportunities
  5. Development of small-/micro-enterprise LTC service prototypes, testing of their feasibility and viability and estimation of their potential for upscaling

The research team

The successful candidates will join a multidisciplinary team of researchers based at the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER), University of Ghana, School of Public Health (SPH), University of Ghana, African Population Health Research Center (APHRC), Nairobi, and Department of Public Health, Aarhus University, Denmark. The team comprises expertise in health economics, demography, social gerontology, development economics, and public health. 


We seek 4 PhD students with a variety of backgrounds to join our team. The qualifications we look for are:

  • An academic background in one of the following areas: social sciences (economics, sociology, social policy) public health (health economics, social and behavioral sciences), entrepreneurship and innovation or similar
  • Strong interest in aging research, public health and institutional development.
  • An interest in multidisciplinary work, but also ability to work independently
  • Strong qualifications in one of the following methodological areas: qualitative studies, quantitative surveys and analysis 
  • Meet the standard University of Ghana admission requirements for a doctoral programmeDetails of the Scholarship Package Enrolment will either be at the School of Public Health, ISSER, or Centre for Social Policy Studies based on the candidate’s academic background and area ofinterest. The scholarship will cover tuition fees (at the local rate), a monthly stipend, short research stays abroad and research costs.

    How to apply this scholarship

    The application must be submitted electronically to

    The application should include:

    1. A letter of motivation 

    2. A two-page concept note on a proposed project within one of the above five areas of focus of the study 

    3. An up-to-date CV (maximum 2 pages) 

    4. A certified copy of full academic transcript (s) and certificate (s) 

    5. Two letters of recommendation from academic referees. 

    After screening, selected applicants will invited for interview after which successful applicants will be asked to apply for the University of Ghana’s admission


    Application deadline

    5:00pm, 30th April, 2020


    Further information 

    Ms. Judith Attakumah

    School of Public Health
    University of Ghana
    Legon Campus

    Tel: 0547101830

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