PhD/Post-doc Matchmaking

This matchmaking event is designed to foster systematic networking for Ghanaian PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers. Pursue a PhD or postdoc in Germany to enhance your career and your international network at one of the world’s leading research destinations.

On Day 1, we invite you to get to know the German system and opportunities for your research stays at German universities. Learn about different paths to a PhD, funding opportunities, and hear testimonies from PhD and postdoc alumni that have recently returned from Germany.

Days 2 & 3 offers virtual one-on-one meetings for potential PhD students and postdocs with representatives of German universities and non-university research organisations. Meet your potential future supervisor, find the right structured PhD programme, or find out about specific funding programmes in detail. The video calls will take 20 minutes each.

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Registration for German institutions and/or supervisors

How to register as an institution and/or supervisor

As a German institution / graduate school coordinator / research supervisor, you are welcome to complete are registration form in order to be enlisted into our novel matchmaking event. Use this link.

Over the years, the DAAD Information Centre Accra recieves several enquiries on PhD opportunities in Germany. A good number of promising PhD/Post doc candidates are left helpless trying to find their way to connect to German professors and supervisors.
This novel match-making conference is designed to first pre-select candidates interested in pursuing PhD or Post doc in Germany and then offer them the platform to showcase their profiles for prospective supervisors and graduate schools.
We expect between 100 and 150 prospective PhD and Post doc candidates to participate. We look forward to your participation.
Thank you!

Register as a PhD/Post-doc Candidate

How to register

Prospective PhD/Post-doc candidates are encouraged to register their interest via this link. Short-listed candidates will be expected to update their profile in order to make it easier to be discovered by prospective research supervisors.

Main Event Schedule

Prior to the event, all participants will use an online tool to get in touch with each other and explore whether their interests match. When filling out online profiles, participants should be as detailed as possible to match research interests closely.

To prepare for the event, please check out funding opportunities, profiles of potential host professors, and programmes available at the participating universities here:

  • DAAD Ghana: Funding Opportunities | PhD and Research in Germany
  • Research in Germany: Info for postdocs
  • DFG: Research Career
  • All participating universities/organisations

PhD applicants are required to hand in a first abstract of their PhD proposal. Participation is free for all participants.


Day 1
12th August 2021

9:00 Welcoming of participants, opening remarks (Lena Leumer, Felix Barnes, DAAD)

9:10 Doing your PhD or postdoc in Germany – an Introduction (tbc)

9:40 Identifying and convincing the right supervisor (tbd)
10:00 Ghanaian researchers and German supervisors: pitfalls and stepping stones (tbc)

15 min each

10 mins My pathway to a PhD in Germany (tbd)
10 mins My pathway to a Postdoc fellowship in Germany (tbc)

Day 2 & 3
19th/20th August 2021
9:15 – 9:30 Welcoming of participants (Lena Leumer, DAAD)
Introduction to Pitchandmatch tool (Robert Bol, Pitchandmatch, tbc)
9:30 – 12:00 Matchmaking Talks with German Universities
20 minute one-on-one videocalls (appointments for registered participants in advance via Pitchandmatch)
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch Break

13:00 – 15:00
Matchmaking Talks with German Universities