In the face of the prevailing economic conditions on the continent, many graduate students in African universities often encounter hardship in respect of the necessary resources to complete their research programmes on time or produce work of high quality.
The Small Grants for Dissertations and Theses Programme is aimed at dealing with this problem, which has a profound effect on human resource development in the higher education sector.
The objectives of this program are to facilitate the early completion of research Dissertations and Theses by graduate students in African universities; to improve the quality of research conducted by graduate students in African universities.
The main activities are:
- call for applications for small grants;
- selection of graduate students to receive small grants;
- release of grants to the successful graduate students;
- submission by grantees of completed theses or dissertations.
The expected outputs are the award of small grants to graduate students; early completion of dissertations/theses by the successful graduate students and the enhancement of the quality of research of graduate students.
The call for application is usually placed on AAU web-site from year to year.