Who we are

Ghana Youth Research Program is born out of a strong belief in the saying, "as a twig is bent, so grows the tree". We aim for a paradigm shift where younger students participating in research is common place in Africa. Working with local universities, we want to pique the youth's minds with an interest in tackling some of the most challenging problems on the African continent, while grooming them professionally.

What we do

By 2050, Africa is estimated to have an added 1.3 billion people, accounting for more than half the world population growth from now. It is therefore extremely necessary for us to capitalize on our human resource power. The Ghana Youth Research Program takes a first principles approach at addressing this problem by introducing extremely brilliant pre-university students to research. We aim to train our participants to create homegrown solutions that can intricately be tied with entrepreneurship (Research and Development mentality). The pilot program starts by working with labs in the University of Ghana, Legon, to provide research opportunities to participants. These students will go on to solve some of the most pressing issues the African continent faces, ranging from agriculture to climate issues to education and more.

About the program

Ghana Youth Research Program's pilot will happen during the month of July 2018 (Mondays - Fridays, from 10am - 4pm with a lunch break) at the University of Ghana, Legon. For this first iteration, we are only considering residents of Accra who would have just completed high school. During the course of the program, we will introduce participants to a wide variety of topics that we deem useful for research. These will include reading and writing research proposals and papers. Students will be introduced to research methods, which they will apply in the lab under the mentorship of faculty and graduate students from University of Ghana. In addition to implementing a published paper, students will also write an original research proposal. By the end of the program, students will be equipped with the basic skills to be effective research assistants (and of course be able to construct and verify hypotheses).

Apply

Become a part of the first cohort of the Ghana Youth Research Program. Fill and submit the application below no later than Sunday June 17, 2018 11:59pm GMT. We will discuss support for applicants who might have financial constraints so everyone is encouraged to apply!

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