Global Academic Partners

Ghana Scholars Program

Designed to address the need for capacity-building  among the faculty at the Universities of Ghana and Cape Coast, the USF Ghana Scholars Program allows competitively selected Ghanaian faculty members to take time away from heavy teaching loads at their home institutions and complete the writing stage of their dissertations while at USF. To qualify, the faculty members must have completed their course work and data-gathering for their doctorates and they must be in the process of writing their dissertations. The Ghanaian home university pays for travel and provides a stipend. USF provides housing, a meal plan, a faculty  mentor, and social support for the scholars while they are at USF. The scholars engage with the USF community by giving lectures in classes, participating with faculty in the departments of their USF mentors, collaborating on faculty and student projects, and  occasionally, attending professional meetings with their mentors.

The initial group of GAP Scholars from Ghana included three faculty from the University of Cape Coast who were hosted by faculty in the USF departments of Anthropology, Africana Studies, and Economics, while the two scholars from the University of Ghana  were hosted by USF faculty in the departments of Geography and Global Health.

The 2010 Ghana Scholars Program reports tremendous success: three scholars have successfully defended their dissertations at their home institutions as a result of their sabbaticals at USF: Camara Kwasi Obeng, Dzidzo Regina Yirenya-Tawaiah, and Benjamin Dankyira Ofori. Godwin Egbenva completed his dissertation research and writing and is awaiting final commentary from external reviewers. De-Velara Botchway was able to complete the majority of his dissertation writing while at USF.

The Ghana Scholars Update - September 12, 2012

The Ghana Scholars Program: Building Partnership One Professor at a Time

Designed to enhance collaboration between the University of South Florida and its signature partners in Ghana, the University of   Ghana (UG) and the University of Cape Coast (UCC), the USF Ghana Scholars Program promotes the exchange of ideas and scholarship and contributes to the professional development of Ghana's university educators. The Program addresses the critical need for capacity-building within higher education in Ghana. As a result of the program, competitively selected Ghanaian faculty are able to take a sabbatical from full-time teaching loads at their home institutions and complete the writing stage of their dissertations while at the University of South Florida. Read more>>

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