Imperial-Ghana Global Fellows Programme: Healthy and Sustainable Cities | Postponed due to Coronavirus

From 13th -17th July 2020 Imperial College London and the University of Ghana will host the 1st Global Fellows Programme at the University of Ghana Legon campus, Accra, Ghana.

In the current scientific environment international collaborations and networking are the basis for developing successful projects. In a competitive research environment funding is increasingly drawn to interdisciplinary, collaborative research with partners from around the world. The modern researcher requires both excellence in research and professional skills and competencies.

This exciting programme is designed to facilitate participants to actively focus on the development of these professional skills and competencies. Approximately 40 doctoral researchers from University of Ghana and Imperial College London will work together to develop professional, research and collaborative skills and competencies as well as the intercultural awareness that is required to establish and continue successful collaborations.

Participants will have also the opportunity to apply those skills to address topics under the programme theme: “Healthy cities”. Participants will discuss and develop intercultural, interdisciplinary and intersectoral discussions and approaches to make cities more sustainable and improve the quality of life for all citizens. A range of guest speakers will provide participants with case studies to open discussions.

A background on the subject is not essential, doctoral candidates from any discipline are invited to apply.

This is a chance to challenge yourself outside of your normal working environment, meet people from other disciplines and cultures, and have fun!

Any additional queries not answered in webpages, please contact Laura Bulmer or Elena Forasacco.

You can read about the experiences of previous participants in the Global Fellows Programme here:

Further Information

Programme Information

During the 5-day program, participants will work in interdisciplinary and international groups, assisted by a coach from one of the partner universities. During the programme participants will enhance:

  • Their ability to work collaboratively on research ideas
  • Their ability to network and communicate effectively and with impact in interdisciplinary and intercultural teams
  • Their intercultural and international awareness
  • Their creativity to develop collaborative research ideas
  • Their appreciation of research in international institutions
  • Their ability to adapt their approach to suit new contexts

Eligibility & How to Apply

Both Imperial College and University of Ghana participants must:

  • Be a current doctoral student from any discipline (note: this programme is not open to MRes students).
  • Be between 6 and 30 months into their PhD at the time the programme takes place (6 and 48 months for part-time students). Students outside of this timeframe are encouraged to apply, but priority will be allocated to students between 6 - 30 months (6-48 months for part-time students)
  • Not have taken part in a previous Imperial College Global Fellows Programmes.

This programme counts towards the attendance requirement.

Application Process

Doctoral students need to fill an application form by the 16th of January 2020 at 5 pm. In their application applicants should:

  • show their awareness of competencies and skills needed to develop international collaborations
  • explain what they expect to contribute to and gain from the programme
  • demonstrate enthusiasm for engaging with international peers from the partner university
  • explain how their current competencies, skills and knowledge (e.g. communication skills, adaptability, technical skills, creativity) can support the development of innovations linked to “Healthy cities
  • show their willingness to be an ambassador for Imperial College London and University of Ghana
  • show their willingness to share their experiences on the programme within the Imperial College London post-graduate community after the programme.

Successful applicants will be notified within 4 weeks of the application deadline.

Note: Due to the large volume of applications received it is not possible to provide feedback on individual applications.

Practical Details

Course Information:

  • The course will take place in Accra, Ghana
  • Single room accommodation will be provided on the University of Ghana campus from Sunday 12th July to Saturday 18th July.
  • Imperial will arrange and pay for accommodation for participants for the programme week. Breakfast and lunch from Monday to Friday is also included together with two evening meals. 
  • Participants will need to arrive in Accra by Sunday 12th July and depart on Saturday 18th July.  
  • Imperial will provide a contribution of £400 towards each participants flight and visa costs (where applicable).
  • Travel health clearance will be required to attend the course and all participants will be required to attend an appointment with Occupational Health in June 2020 to receive recommended vaccinations including for yellow fever. Anti-malarial prophylaxis will be required.
  • Detailed guidance on visas, travel health arrangements and travel will be provided to all participants after selection.



Covered by Imperial?

Responsibility of participant?

Flight and visa costs

Partially-up to £400

Partially- costs above £400


Yes-from Sunday 12 July to Saturday 18 July


Occupational Health recommended travel vaccinations and malarial prophylaxis




Yes-breakfast and lunch and two evening meals

Most evening meals

Local travel required for course



Additional social/travel activities not required for course