The Ghanaian-German Centre of Excellence for Development Studies is a collaborative venture between the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER), University of Ghana and the Centre for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, Germany. The Ghanaian-German Centre for Development Studies (GGCDS) offers Ghanaians and other African Social Scientists a highly competitive doctorate in Development Studies. The PhD Programme is designed to enhance students’ professional capacities and to address important developmental issues innovatively. The Centre is being funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The 4-year programme also provides global perspective of cultural and social changes, crystallizing students in international development concepts, theories and approaches. It offers students analytical and practical skills they need for critical engagement in development issues and debates.

Entry Requirements:

  1. First degree (at least Second Class Lower Division) and
  2. A relevant Masters’ (MA/MSc/MPhil) degree in the Social Sciences/Humanities.

Limited Scholarships from DAAD are available to young and dynamic graduates with a First degree (at least Second Class Upper Division or better) and a relevant Masters’ Degree (MA/MSc/MPhil) awarded within the last 6 years whose academic and scholastic records show a potential for successful completion of doctoral degree programme


This category of applicants should use the following links to access the online application form for completion and submission:

This fee can be paid directly or wire transferred into the UNIVERSITY OF GHANA ECOBANK ACCOUNT.

Details of the Account are:

All foreign students should make their payments as follows:

  • Account Name: University of Ghana Fees Collection (FOREX) – For payments in Ghana
  • Account Name: University of Ghana Fees Collection (FOREIGN) – For payments outside Ghana

Account No.: 0161094409780403; Swift Code: ECOCGHAC

 The third payment option is-

The pay-in-slips together with applicants’ certificates and transcripts should be scanned and attached to the application form before submission. The transcript should be scanned into one PDF or WORD document and attached to the application.

Note that no application will be processed without proof of payment of the fee.

All further enquiries should be sent to the addresses below:

The School Administrator, School of Graduate Studies, University of Ghana, Legon via E-mail:; OR: The Graduate Programmes Assistant on Telephone: 0577-699900 Ext. 1 or email:

The closing date for the sale of E-vouchers by the banks and submission of the online application is Friday, 18th April, 2018.

For further details, click on the link below