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Call for Applications - 2020/2021 Admissions into PhD Programmes in Engineering (Funding Available)


The College of Engineering, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), has received funding from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to support African countries unlock socioeconomic benefits through climate actions. The College seeks to apply part of this funding to deliver high quality postgraduate training, conduct and disseminate applied research focused on addressing development challenges related to sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, productive uses of energy and climate change.

Applications are hereby invited from suitably qualified candidates for admission into PhD degree programmes at the College of Engineering related to the named areas.

  1. Programme Fellowships 

The College, through the School of Graduate Studies, KNUST is pleased to announce the availability of limited funding to pursue a 3-year full time programme in any of the following disciplines:

  • PhD Bioengineering
  • PhD Food and Postharvest Engineering
  • PhD Sustainable Energy Technologies

Female candidates are especially encouraged to apply to take advantage of the funding opportunities available.

  1. Entry requirements

In conformity with the entry requirements of the School of Graduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, the successful candidate should have a minimum of:

  1. Academic qualifications:
    • Bachelor degree with First or Second Class (Upper Division), and
    • Master’s degree with an average of at least 60% preferably in Agricultural & Biosystems / Bioresources Engineering and related programmes, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Electrical & Mechanical Engineering, Renewable Energy Engineering or equivalent.
  2. Age: Not more than 40 years by 1st August 2020

In addition

  1. Candidates from non-Anglophone countries must have an internationally recognised Certificate of Proficiency in the English Language (TOEFL or  IELTS) with above average score or be available to attend a three (3) months English language course at KNUST. 
  2. Candidates with at least one publication in a journal as first author have an advantage. 
  3. Candidates with strong modeling background have an advantage
  4. Evidence of current and previous employments.
  5. Completing Application Form
  • Ghanaian Students: Purchase the e-voucher based information provided at: Admission Portal and complete the relevant application documents for the programme of choice from the list. 
  • International students: Access the KNUST application form via: Admission Portal and complete application form and attach all relevant documents
  • Once the process has been completed, candidates MUST PRINT OUT 2 COPIES of the completed application form from the portal and submit signed copies (by post) to the School of Graduate Studies together with all relevant documents (see section 5 below) including Photocopies of Certificates, Recommendation Letters, and Transcript to the following address:

The Secretary

School of Graduate Studies



  • ELECTRONIC COPIES of completed application forms and supporting documents should be sent to for your application to be considered.
  • Deadline for the submission of application forms is 30th July 2020.
  • Application forms submitted after the deadline will not be processed.

Shortlisted candidates will be required to attend a selection interview.

  1. Application supporting documents
  • Completed application form with Two passport photographs
  • Detailed CV and two letters of reference (one from a supervisor at the Master’s level)
  • Official transcripts and certificates for BSc and MSc degrees
  • Proof of ability to communicate in English for Candidates from non-Anglophone countries
  • Soft and hard copies of a letter of motivation (max. 2 pages) with the heading outlining why you want to study, what makes you well-suited to study in your chosen specialisation, current occupation, how the programme will fit into your professional vision, how your (home) country stands to benefit after your training.
  • Soft and hard copies of a short concept note (max. 3 pages) outlining the justification, objectives, methodology and expected outcomes of a research idea. 
  1. Contact

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