Strengthening Research Capacity on Enterprise Development and Entrepreneurship
There is a growing recognition world-wide that the development and growth of vibrant enterprises, and the unleashing of entrepreneurial potential are crucial in the quest for promoting broad-based development. As the business school of one of the leading research universities on the continent, the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) of the University of Pretoria has embarked on a program to strengthen and expand its doctoral offeringaimed at developing a cohort of scholars across sub-Saharan Africa who can contribute to knowledge of business, economic development and management in the region and beyond. The aim is to foster analytical capacity and rigorous research that address the key challenges related to entrepreneurship and enterprise development in sub-Saharan Africa.
With financial support from Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), GIBS will offer scholarships for up to 8 eligible students from sub-Saharan Africa (other than South Africa) for doctoral study in business and management. The successful candidates will enroll in the GIBS doctoral program on a part-time basis, with a requirement to commit to spending at least 3 months full time during the write-up of their doctoral dissertation.
The GIBS doctoral programme starts each year during January with a compulsory week-long seminar. The 2013 seminar is scheduled for January 28 to February 1. More details about the doctoral programme can be found at http://www.gibs.co.za/academic-programmes/dba.aspx
The scholarship grant will cover the following:
The selected candidates are expected to undertake policy relevant research that contribute to the Supporting Inclusive Growth initiative of the IDRC (www.idrc.ca/sig), which among others explores issues around the emergence of vibrant mid-size enterprises and the role of institutions therein, sources of innovation and productivity, entrepreneurship, women's economic empowerment, and the role of regulatory and policy frameworks.
The GIBS doctoral program is guided by the following principles:
As part of its positioning as a doctoral program that focuses on the challenges of Africa, GIBS is paying particular attention to the issues of economic growth and upgrading on the continent. This will be reflected in the course work and doctoral themes.
Through its doctoral program, GIBS sees itself as helping develop a cadre of scholars who can act as faculty in business schools across the continent and improve the quality of management overall. At the same time, we hope to ensure the development of scholars who can contribute to the body of knowledge about economic growth and upgrading in Africa. Because of the limited research conducted in Africa, faculty sometimes find themselves recommending courses of action of which the consequences in this context are at best not known, and sometimes even wrong. Ultimately, we wish to help ensure that the content of what African managers and policy makers use to guide their decisions, and of what is taught at universities in Africa, is appropriate for the context.
This scholarship is targeted at individuals who:
The application process is the same as outlined on the GIBS website – see http://www.gibs.co.za/academic-programmes/dba/application-process.aspx and complete all documents outlined there.
Applicants’ attention is drawn to the following requirements:
Complete applications must be received by September 30 2012 for the January 2013 intake.
Applications must be submitted to [email protected]. The same email address can also be used to obtain more information about the grant.
This opportunity listing expired on 1-Oct-2012