CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
The Samuel and Emelia Brew-Butler - SGS/GRASAG, UCC Research Fund is established to provide financial support (grant) to qualified second-year postgraduate research students (MPhil/MCom/MN/PhD) to enable them to produce high quality research and complete on time. The overriding goal is to motivate students to contribute their quota to national development through quality and timely research. Specifically, the grant is aimed at supporting research students to:
- Collect research data and complete their thesis on time.
- Publish their scholarly articles in recognized local and international journals.
- Attend a research conference
An award of up to GH¢4,000.00 will be given to each successful applicant. The number of awards funded each year will depend on the number and quality of applications received. Qualified applicants shall enjoy the grant once.
Completed applications (hardcopy) for the Research Grant must be received by the School of Graduate Studies on or before 29th November 2019. Applications will be considered and the outcome made known by 20th February 2020.
The research grant is open to all second-year postgraduate research students (MPhil/MCom/MN/Ph.D.) each year.
Applications for the grant may be submitted by second-year postgraduate research students who have successfully defended their research proposal. To access the grant:
- Application forms can be accessed from the GRASAG, UCC office, and SGS, UCC website:https://sgs.ucc.edu.gh/
- Completed application forms, and other supporting documents (see below) should be submitted to the SGS.
- Applications should be received by the School of Graduate Studies not later than 29th November 2019.
- Each application will be reviewed by the Awards Committee. Where necessary, applicants will be invited for an interview by the Committee.
- Decisions and funds will be made available by 20th March, 2020.
- Research proposal/Full Research Paper (for publication/conference)
The research proposal must be submitted in double line spacing and12-point font size, Times New Roman throughout, on one side only of A4 paper with a margin of at least 2.54 cm on left, right, top, and bottom. The proposal, not including references, must not exceed 5-one sided pages of A4 paper. Applications that do not conform to these rules will not be accepted.
The proposal should have the following parts:
- Abstract (up to 150 words)
- Background/Introduction (supported with relevant literature)
- Research questions /hypotheses to be addressed
- Significance of the study
- Details of methods to be used (including time-table and budget)
- Breakdown of the funding requested
- References (APA Sixth Edition)
- A letter of support from the applicant’s Principal Supervisor
- Endorsement of Application by the Applicant’s Head of Department
Curriculum vitae of the applicant, to include:
- Family name, forenames, and initials
- Corresponding address, telephone, and e-mail
- Date of birth
- Academic history: List all educational institutions/universities attended after secondary school - include dates of attendance, the field of study, degrees and diplomas with dates awarded and grades if appropriate.
- Details of any publications (citing full reference details), presentations at conferences/workshops (give a name, location, and date of conference/workshop, the title of the presentation, names of authors and whether oral or by the poster), and awards (full details, including both undergraduate and postgraduate awards).
- Academic transcript (postgraduate level)
A progress report must be prepared by all recipients of the grant and submitted to the SGS. Master’s candidates, must submit their progress report every three months after receipt of the award. For Ph.D. candidates, the report must be submitted every six months after receipt of the award. The report should indicate results accomplished, problems and modifications made to the original research proposal, and any completed or forthcoming presentations and publications from the research. Applicants would also be required to submit their Grant Utilisation report. In this report, it is required that recipients spell out how they have utilized the fund as specified in a form to be collected from the Account Office of the School of Graduate Studies. The report will be reviewed by the SGS Awards Committee. Where a beneficiary fails to provide a progress report, he/she will not be eligible for any other award from the School and may be required to refund the amount. His/her supervisors will not be eligible to support other applicants. Awardees are encouraged to present their final report at the School of Graduate Studies Research Conference each year, and any other conferences.
Awardees are also required to acknowledge the support received from the Fund in their final thesis and any other publications they may produce from the thesis.