African PhD students Pamela A. Mreji, Vincent Flifli, Justina A. Onumah and Emmanuel Ogunjemilua

AfricaLics PhD students visiting Aalborg University

February 7, Department of Business and Management officially welcomed four PhD scholars from Kenya, Nigeria, Benin and Ghana under the AfricaLics PhD Visiting Fellowsship Programme. The visit lasts until the end of June.

Enhancement of research capabilities

The AfricaLics PhD Visiting Fellowsship Programme offers African PhD students in the field of innovation and development an opportunity to study abroad at Aalborg University. Pamela A. Mreji (Kenya), Vincent Flifli (Benin), Justina A. Onumah (Ghana) and Emmanuel Ogunjemilua (Nigeria) seized this opportunity. The four students work with diverse issues such as returnee entrepreneurs in Kenya, innovative financing for rural development in Benin, agricultural innovation systems in Ghana and dynamic capabilities for industrial upgrading in Nigeria.

By providing time away from home to focus on the PhD dissertation, and by exposing the students to an international research environment and access to scientific literature and databases, the AfricaLics PhD Visiting Fellowship programme aims to enhance students’ research capabilities and improve their prospects for future participation in innovation and innovation research in their home countries.


Activities during the stay

During their five month study period at Aalborg University the four PhD students will give presentations on their research, take part in IKE seminars, attend selected courses for PhD students and make use of the library facilities.

The PhD students are assigned AAU mentors with whom they will discuss their work and thereby be able to get additional inputs and ideas helpful to their PhD project. In April, the supervisors from their home universities will visit Aalborg University to have bilateral and trilateral meetings with their students and the assigned mentor.  

Margrethe Holm Andersen, Justina A. Onumah, Emmanuel Ogunjemilua, Bengt-Åke Lundvall, Pamela A. Mreji and Vincent Flifli
The four AfricaLics PhD scholars together with Senior Advisor Margrethe Holm Andersen and Professor Bengt-Åke Lundvall


About the visiting fellowship programme

The programme was developed in 2016-17 by Aalborg University in collaboration with The African Centre of Technology Studies (ACTS) with funding of The Swedish Development Coorporation Agency (SIDA). It is one of several AfricaLics research capacity development activities.

In early 2017, ACTS, which hosts the AfricaLics Secretariat, received funding for a second phase of support to research capacity development including funding for three new batches of visiting PhD fellows: four in 2018, four in 2019 and four in 2020.

The AfricaLics PhD Visiting Fellowship Programme has in the second phase been extended also to include a pilot programme aimed at supporting young African researchers (Postdoc) working with innovation and development in their career development and thereby helping to develop research hubs in innovation and development at their home institutions.


Further Information

Susanne Bartram
Department of Business and Management, Aalborg University
Phone: +45 9940 7001
Email: bartram@business.aau.dk