Over the last decade, there have been increasing recognition and initiative for human capital development in the oil and gas sector in Ghana. The aim is to enhance the benefits of hydrocarbon-production in the local economy in a holistic manner. The Local Content regulations LI 2204 in Ghana emphasize the need to domesticate services and jobs at the senior and management levels in the Ghana petroleum sector. It will suffice to argue that “education and training” are fundamental to sustain and harness the opportunities in the LI 2204 (2013) regulations. As a result, Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) instituted the Professorial Research Chair in Petroleum Commerce at the Institute for Oil and Gas Studies, University of Cape Coast. The Professorial Chair, therefore, invites applications from qualified Ghanaian students interested in conducting postgraduate research in Petroleum and Energy Studies with emphasis on the following research areas and others: 

Oil and Gas Resource Management ∙ Petroleum Revenue Forecasting  and Management  

Sustainable Energy and National  Development 

Energy, Petroleum Economics &  Finance 

Energy & Petroleum Business  Strategy & Risk Finance 

Energy Law, Regulations and  Policy Analysis 

Number of scholarships to be awarded:

Four (4) for MPhil 

Four (4) for PhD

Energy, the Economy, and  Environment 

Renewable Technology & Climate  Economics 

Energy Efficiency and  Conservation Policy 

Oil & Gas Industry Governance &  Institutions 

Corporate Planning & Strategy

∙ Health, Safety, Environment &  Sustainability 


Applicants must meet the following requirements: 

1. Applicants must be Ghanaians who have been admitted into a postgraduate programme (PhD or MPhil) at the Institute for Oil and Gas Studies, School of Business, School of  Economics, Faculty of Sciences, or School of Development Studies in the University of  Cape Coast (UCC). 

Applicants should show evidence of admission into UCC 

2. Applicants must be prepared to take additional classes in Oil and Gas to supplement the  course work in their respective fields 

3. Applicants must be interested in conducting research in Ghana’s petroleum and energy sectors in areas specified above. 

4. Applicants must submit a preliminary research proposal, which must include (but not limited to) background to the study, statement of the problem, objectives, research questions/hypothesis, theoretical or conceptual framework, methodology, and a  description of the expected results.  

5. MPhil applicants must have an undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average  (CGPA) of at least 3.0, and for PhD applicants, at least a CGPA of 3.0 for both undergraduate and MPhil is required.  

6. Special emphasis is placed on gender balance.  


The scholarship covers tuition fees and research grants.  

Mode of Application: 

To apply please submit your application and supporting documents (preferably in one PDF  document) via email to : or ∙ Application letter 

∙ Research proposal (maximum of five pages, excluding reference list) ∙ Motivation letter (maximum of two pages) stating qualifications and interest  ∙ Curriculum Vitae 

∙ Two (2) letters of academic reference 

∙ Certificates and other relevant credentials as prescribed by the School of Graduate  Studies at the University of Cape Coast  

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The deadline for application is 20th October 2020. No applications will be accepted after the deadline. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. Shortlisted applicants will attend a selection interview on a date to be determined by the Institute for Oil and Gas Studies. 

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