This 3-week PhD course is an extension of the collaboration between the Centre of Excellence for Nutrition (CEN) at the North-West University (NWU), Potchefstroom, South Africa and the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Ghana (UOG), Accra,  Ghana. The course is financially supported by the Nutricia Research Foundation (NRF, The Netherlands).



The aim of the 3-week program will be to provide complementary training, in addition to the training that PhD students receive at their home institutions. It will prepare and enable participating students to successfully navigate the PhD program at their home institutions and to make the most of it. This short program is specifically designed for 1st and 2nd year human nutrition PhD students, in a number of core methodological subjects that are indispensable for the successful completion of a PhD. By attending the program, participants will significantly improve their skills in planning and executing research projects typically associated with their PhD programs.



The target group is 1st or 2nd year human nutrition PhD candidates from South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Malawi, Ghana and Kenya (CEN-UG Network Countries). A small number of seats are available for PhD candidates from other English speaking African countries (the programme will be presented in English).



The program will focus on specific elements of the research process from protocol writing to analysis and publication of results. Some of the topics include study designs, nutritional epidemiology, dietary methodology, data capturing and analysis, presentation skills and how to write a scientific article. 



International and local experts will be used to teach in each of the components of the program.



PhD candidates must apply to participate in the program by completing the application form. The application form will be available on the website in due time. 



All applications will be subjected to a selection process to compete for the 15 available positions.



CEN-UG Network countries (South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Malawi, Ghana and Kenya)

A limited number of grants are available to candidates from CEN-UG Network countries (which includes: South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Malawi, Ghana and Kenya). The grant covers the tuition fee, all meals, accommodation, as well as travel costs.  South Africans who receive grants will, however, not be eligible for any travel or accommodation support.

The application form includes the application for a grant - the application form will be available on the website in due time. Recipients of the grants will be informed if their application was successful or not at the same time as the outcome of the selection process is announced.

Other English speaking African countries

The organizers have a limited number of grants available to cover the tuition fee and accommodation. Travel costs are not covered by this grant.



Tuition fee:

€ 750.00. The tuition fee includes printed materials, coffee/tea during breaks, lunches and one get­ together dinner. The date when the tuition fee is payable (for those not receiving a grant) will be announced with the outcome of the selection process.


Accommodation can be booked upon request but will have to be paid by the participant. 



Participants are expected to arrange and purchase their own flight tickets (reimbursement will be made where a grant has been awarded for this purpose). The organizers will assist with transport from O.R Tambo International Airport, South Africa to Potchefstroom. The travel time between O.R Tambo International Airport and Potchefstroom is about 2 hours.



 After you have been enrolled in the program and the payment/grant has been confirmed, there are a few practical matters that need attention.


Nationals from certain countries require a VISA to enter South Africa, where the program will be held. You are responsible for obtaining the VISA. VISA costs will not be refunded. All participants will receive an invitation letter for this purpose. More information about VISA and application procedures can be found on the website of the South African Department of Home Affairs or


Travel and medical insurance for full grant holders will be covered by the grant via NWU. Other participants will be responsible for their own insurance.



The cancellation policy will be announced with the outcome of the selection process.

Substitution of a participant by another PhD candidate will be done by the Administration using a 'reserve' list based on the applications.