Webinar series: Preparing for Graduate Study Abroad for African Students

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J-PAL Africa is holding a webinar series for African students who would like to pursue graduate study in Economics, Public Policy, or related fields in North America or Europe. The first webinar took place in April. It targeted those who would like information on what graduate study in Economics abroad involves and how best to prepare oneself to enter a graduate program. Subsequent webinars in the series will target those who intend to apply by the end of the year and will be announced in the middle of the year.


The first webinar took place in April. Two additional webinars will be held in the second half of the year.

If you have any queries or would like to be notified when applications open, please contact Yanang at [email protected]

Webinar 1: How to Prepare for Graduate Study Abroad

21 April 2023, 3:00 pm SAST

This webinar targets Africans who would like information on pathways to acquire the skills and experience that set you up for graduate study abroad and strengthen your application. In addition to representatives from the Graduate Applications International Network (GAIN) and Pathways to Research and Doctoral Careers (PREDOC), we will have a current African PhD student who can speak to the process they followed and their experience thus far, as well as a researcher in the J-PAL network who completed her studies in the United States and works at the University of Ghana. We will share resources on application mentorship programs, scholarships and how to put together a competitive application with all applicants to the webinar.

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.