By | 22 April 2020

The University of Ghana has, through a 5-year Memorandum of Understanding, received a grant from Société des Produits Nestlé SA to support PhD students in conducting interdisciplinary research in the broad areas of Food and Nutrition Security, and Climate Change. The specific research themes, with some related topics, are as follows:

a. Affordable nutrition: addressing nutritional needs of low-income settings by developing innovative affordable food matrices from locally sourced crops and ingredients, potentially pulses and legumes.

i. Healthy Diets from a Sustainable Food System for Low-Income Consumers

ii. Identify solutions for affordable nutrition via Virtual & Rapid Prototyping

iii. Drying – Binding – Shaping as Enabler of Affordable Nutrition Solutions

iv. High-shear Granulation as Enabler of Affordable Nutrition Solutions

b. Implications of climate change on food security and nutritional quality of food for low income settings.

i. Cocoa shell, a by-product with high food potential to be valorized

ii. Valorize Moringa for climate friendly nutritious products

c. Scientific substantiation of the public health impact of the Nestle Iron Awareness Campaign

The grant is mainly directed to the funding of PhD students and will provide support for tuition, research costs and stipend starting from the 2020/2021 academic year.


· First or Second year PhD students in a discipline closely related to the research themes above (e.g. Food Science, Nutrition, Food Process Engineering and others).

· Applicant must have no competing scholarships and commit to fulltime PhD student status.

· First year applicants must meet the University of Ghana requirements and gain admission into an applicable PhD programme.

· Second year applicants should have met UG academic requirements including having passed their written and comprehensive examinations.

· Applicants must possess excellent academic credentials, and demonstrate motivation and capacity to carry out original, innovative and independent research.

· Applicant must be a national or permanent resident of Ghana

Application process

Interested applicants should download and complete the application form (link inserted below), and include the supporting documents indicated below, into a single PDF file. Applications should be emailed to:

The Director

Institute of Applied Science & Technology

College of Basic & Applied Sciences

University of Ghana

P.O Box LG 25, Legon Email:


submitted to:

The Assistant Registrar

Institute of Applied Science and Technology

DI Old Chemistry Building

Cruise O’Brien Road (Opposite the Recreational Quadrangle)

University of Ghana

Tel: 0244793703/0208540099

Deadline for submission of applications is 15th May, 2020, at 5:00pm.

Supporting Documents:

· One-page motivation statement

· PhD research proposal of not more than 3 pages (1.5-line spacing) clearly outlining the background, objectives, scope and methodology for applicant’s research (include a budget and work-plan on separate pages). The proposal MUST be related to one of the themes or topics listed above.

· Applicant’s curriculum vitae

· Graduate and Undergraduate Certificates

· Graduate and Undergraduate Transcripts

· Copy of applicant’s national ID card


Shortlisted applicants would be contacted for an interview. Interviews are expected to take place at the end of June, 2020 after which successful applicants will be notified. The selected candidates are expected to start academic work/research at the beginning of the 2020/2021 academic year (August, 2020).

Duration of programme

Funding for the programme is for a maximum of four (4) years (First year applicants) and three (3) years (Second year applicants).

Please find here the Link to the form for the application for the UG–Nestlé PhD Scholarships for Research Excellence