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Call for Applications
Under the African Center for Career Enhancement and Skills Support (ACCESS) Project of the University of Ibadan (UI), Nigeria and the University of Leipzig, Germany, applications are hereby invited for the award of the 2020 short-term grants for doctoral scholarship and postdoctoral fellowship. These grants are available for research related to entrepreneurship capacity building, employability research and promotion, and higher educational institutions (HEI)-business linkages in diverse disciplines in the humanities, sciences, social sciences, engineering, and technology. ACCESS is an interdisciplinary programme, therefore applicants from a wide range of disciplines, including History, Politics, Economics, Business Studies, Education, Anthropology, Human Geography, Information Systems, Engineering, and cognate disciplines, may be considered. Applicants should be young scholars who are ready to contribute to international academic networks and also enhance their own research agenda.
The research is expected to be completed within three to four months in Nigeria. Successful candidates will be allocated appropriate supervisors and mentors in relevant departments, centres, institutes, or faculties at the University of Ibadan.
Applicants for a Post-Doctoral fellowship are expected to apply with a formulated idea on research projects; applicants for student scholarships need to hand in either an idea for research or a business idea/prototype.
Potential Research Topics include:
• Identification of existing evaluation tools within the HEIs. Tools that aim to improve and/or adjust teaching skills in general and knowledge about labour market requirements in particular (e.g. questionnaire / feedback on courses and seminars). Assessing the scope of these tools to increase the access into labour markets.
• Identification and analysis of already existing interfaces between HEIs and potential employers (e.g. career centres, counselling desks for unemployed graduates, fairs, internships) or considering a historical perspective comprising the state as well as the private sector.
• What skills are required within the informal sector? How would workers in the informal sector or the self-employed describe the required skills for their profession? How can work in the informal sector be transformed/upgraded to be accepted by formal Sectors?
• Which mechanisms of social security already exist in the formal sector, how could these mechanisms be applied to the informal sector and which ones have been already internalized by university graduates as entitlement to be acquired for a secured professional life?
• How do gender, labour and education relate to each other? Although females increasingly graduate, they do not necessarily enter labour markets: How do paid work requirements correspond to gendered roles in family and society?
• What recruitment strategies do employers apply in the public and private sectors that are structuring the access to labour markets? What knowledge do graduates have about these strategies?
• How do graduates obtain information about labour markets? How relevant are social networks, family, patronage relations and internet information to finding job opportunities?
Eligibility: Applicants for the short-term doctoral scholarship must be duly registered doctoral students within the second year of their studies in any of the areas identified above. However, their projects must be related to the ACCESS project research focus.
Applicants for short-term postdoctoral fellowship must have completed their PhD within the last 10 years (that is, not later than 31 July 2010).

Applicants are welcome from any of the universities in Nigeria.
Value of Award: The grant consists of a monthly stipend of €425 for doctoral scholarship and €600 for postdoctoral awards.
Application Requirements: Doctoral Scholarship
(a) evidence of registration
(b) curriculum vitae
(c) research proposal
(d) letter of introduction/reference from head of department
Postdoctoral fellowship
(a) curriculum vitae
(b) research proposal
(c) letter of introduction/reference from PhD supervisor
(d) photocopy of PhD certificate

Format for Proposal
i. Title of Proposed Research
ii. Thematic Area
iii. Background to the Research
iv. Statement of the Problem
v. Objectives of the Research
vi. Research Questions
vii. Literature Review
viii. Theoretical Framework
ix. Research Methodology
x. Expected Results
xi. Innovation: How different it is from other or earlier projects?

Submission Procedure
Electronic copy of documents (in PDF Format) should be mailed to:
Deadline: Tuesday, 15 September, 2020.

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