Quantum Leap Africa (QLA) Doctoral Training Program in Data Science (DTP-DS) 2023

Deadline: 14 April 2023.

Quantum Leap Africa (QLA) Doctoral Training Program in Data Science (DTP-DS) 2023

The new Doctoral Training Program in Data Science (DTP-DS) is established by Quantum Leap Africa (QLA) at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) Rwanda in collaboration with top researchers from across the globe.

Enrollment & Graduation

Candidates that are accepted into the program will be enrolled in two institutions:

  • One of the five AIMS Centers of Excellence (Rwanda, Ghana, Cameroon, Senegal, South Africa)
  • A higher education institution (generally in Africa) partnering with AIMS

Candidates will need to be ordinarily resident in an African country, and satisfy the degree requirements for a PhD in Research of their graduating institution, as well as the program requirements of the AIMS DTP-DS. The PhD degree will be conferred by the partnering institution upon successful completion; QLA is facilitating the creation of international co-supervision partnerships, is providing funding through global partnerships, and offers additional training in research skills and transferable skills to the PhD candidates.

Selection Process – Quantum Leap Africa (QLA) Doctoral Training Program in Data Science (DTP-DS) 2023

The selection process is competitive, and conducted in two phases:

Phase 1:
The application must be submitted through the online submission form by midnight (Central African Time) on deadline 14 April 2023. 

You will be asked to submit the following documents

  • Application Form
  • CV (you can use your own format, but please make sure to cover the content mentioned in this template that applies to your case. The template.tex file also contains general tips on writing CVs at the top.)
  • Transcripts (Please submit your undergraduate and your masters level transcripts. Additional transcripts can be submitted if relevant.)

As part of the application form, you will be able to

  • Select or suggest a research topic
  • Name two academics (ideally senior researchers), who are willing to write a letter of support.
    Make sure to contact your referee writers well in advance and only submit names of referees that
    have explicitly agreed to write you a reference letter. Referees will automatically receive a
    request to submit their reference letter for you in case you are shortlisted for Phase 2 of the selection process.
  • Indicate whether you are already admitted at a university or otherwise have future plans that you consider to combine with this program

Additionally, the application form will allow you to tell us more about your research interests, motivation for pursuing a PhD and future plans. Your answers to the following questions will be central to the selection process , as they will allow us to judge the strength of your expertise and training, the suitability of your research background for the selected topics, and to see whether you have a realistic idea of the aims and scope of the topic you are applying to. The characters are limited explicitly to encourage you to only focus on the relevant details – make sure you use the available space efficiently to communicate information relevant to the above selection criteria. We advise that you prepare your answers offline with care.

  • What is your motivation to pursue a PhD? Here, you can also mention plans for your future career. (1500 characters)
  • Which research directions are you most interested in and why? Justify why you are qualified to pursue research in this area. Here, you can also comment on your reason for choosing the research topics selected above (2500 characters).

The first question is the short version of a motivation letter. The second question is the short version of a research statement.

As part of this application process, it is our goal to support your individual situation and work together to design a PhD program that fits your circumstances.

Remarks on submitting your application

  • You will be asked to select one main research topic (or suggest your own); there is the possibility to indicate a second topic choice (or suggest your own).
  • If you propose your own topic, make sure you prepare the topic description with care (max 2000 characters). Have a look at the proposed TOPICS 2022 and TOPICS 2023 as a guidance for style and detail. Most importantly, the topic description should explain what exactly you will do as part of your PhD, including the methods used, the technical skills you need, and if data is needed, which data sets you are planning to use and how you will get access to them. From your description, it should be possible for us to assess if the proposed research topic is
    1. novel and interesting to the international research community,
    2. realistically achievable in the context of a PhD,
    3. matching with your skill background and with the skill background of your proposed supervisors,
    4. equipping you with the expertise to proceed into a successful future career,
    5. fitting to the scope of our PhD program.
  • Make sure that you satisfy the required background and skills when selecting or proposing a research topic.
  • Arrangements are flexible, and we can work with selected candidates to adapt to individual circumstances.
  • No reference letters are required in Phase 1 of the application process. Please notify your referees that you are submitting their names as part of this application, as they may be contacted for letters or additional information as part of the selection process.
  • Make sure your CV is complete and professional.

Application is now open

Phase 2:

A small number of shortlisted candidates will be invited to round 2 of the selection process. In Phase 2, supervision teams are formed and applicants discuss with potential supervisors more details on their research plans. As part of Phase 2, applicants are asked to submit a detailed research proposal.

Women applicants are encouraged to apply.

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