Webinar series: Preparing for graduate study abroad for African students
Each year, J-PAL Africa runs a three-part webinar series providing information on pursuing graduate study abroad. The first webinar, held in April, provided guidance on how to prepare for a graduate program in Economics abroad. The second and third webinars are coming up in September and will provide information on how to put together a competitive application for a Masters or PhD program in Economics, Public Policy or related fields in North America and Europe. Panelists include admissions faculty from top schools in the US, Canada, UK and continental Europe. They will provide general and school-specific tips to help the prospective students submit a more successful application. They will also answer questions about the admission requirements, the structure of the programs, and the availability of funding.
Please email Yanang Silas-Bossan if you have any questions.
There is a single application form for both events. Applications close on Friday, September 15, 2023, at 11:59 pm GMT+2. Selection of participants will be made by Monday, September 18, 2023.
19 September 2023: Putting together a successful application, North America edition
The second installment of the Pre-PhD webinar series will take place on 19 September 2023. Hosted by J-PAL Africa Scientific Director, Isaac Mbiti, it will feature a panel of admissions faculty from a number of schools including McGill University, Northwestern University, Tufts University, University of Houston, University of Minnesota, University of Notre Dame, and University of Virginia. At the end of the webinar, there will be a breakout session to give attendees a chance to ask questions directly of admissions faculty. This webinar targets prospective African students who are preparing to apply to PhD programs in North America starting in the fall of 2024.
26 September 2023: Putting together a successful application, Europe and UK edition
The third and final installment of the Pre-PhD webinar series will be held on 26 September 2023 and hosted by J-PAL affiliate, Kate Orkin. It will feature a panel of admissions faculty from a number of universities including the Paris School of Economics, University of Louvain, NOVA School of Business, Stockholm University, Tinbergen Institute and University of Oxford. The structure will be similar to the North American webinar, and is targeted at prospective African students who are preparing to apply to PhD programs in Europe starting in the fall of 2024.
Not sure if a PhD is right for you? Read our blog post on what to expect from a PhD and how to navigate the PhD application process.