Ekwueme fellowship

Starting March 2016 (application deadline 15 October 2015), the GPAC2 programme offers the option to apply for the Ekwueme fellowship. The fellowship is called after Nigeria’s first vice president and the founder of the political party PDP. He risked his life to stand up to the military dictatorship in Nigeria thus ending the country’s military rule and commencing our present democratic government which started in 1999. For more information on the fellowship donor: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_Ifeanyichukwu_Ekwueme

Fellowship provisions:
The fellowship will be offered every other year, with first fellow selected in the application round with application deadline 15 October 2015. The eligibility conditions for enrollment in 2016 are:

  1. Fellows must have Nigerian nationality, be resident of Nigeria and working in Nigeria during the period enrolled in the GPAC2 programme.
  2. Fellows must be working on Governance research.
  3. Fellow is younger than 40 when applying
  4. The fellowship recipient will complete the application form – and fulfill all programme application requirements, before 15 October 2015.
  5. The fellowship recipient applies for the fellowship, starting the GPAC2 programme on 1 March 2016.
  6. The fellowship recipient receives a fellowship including a coverage of the tuition fees for enrollment in the years 2, 3 and 4. (6.000 euro each, in total 18.000 euro)
  7. The fellowship recipient will pay him/herself the tuition for year one (8.000 euro), as well as tuition for all years that he/she will remain enrolled after year four.
  8. The fellowship recipient will pay his/her own travel expenses , visa/permit expenses, accommodation expenses in Maastricht, fieldwork expenses, books and other expenses.

Application to the scholarship is done via the regular application procedure. In the application form, you will find an option to indicate your request to apply for the Ekwueme scholarship. All other application requirements also hold for Ekwueme scholarship applicants. For more information and in case of remaining questions on the fellowship, please use the FAQ blog.

Interview with Ms. Adaeze Ekwueme, founder of the Alex Ekwueme Fellowship:
Ms. Adaeze Ekwueme, founder of the Alex Ekwueme Fellowship, named in honour of her father, speaks about why she set up the fellowship, why she chose our part-time PhD programme, and how she hopes it will help Nigerian scholars and the country itself.


“The PhD payorogramme at Maastricht University has provided me with a creative space to pursue my passion; encourages me to think critically; and challenges me to go beyond the confines of my comfort zone. Here, I have access to everything I need to do my PhD, including datasets, journals and world-class library facilities. Both faculty members and administrative staff are amazingly supportive. The School has a diverse base of students arriving from almost every corner of the world, which helps me widen my network and broaden my horizons. The quality of supervision from my supervisors has been of an exceptionally high standard. Over the course of my PhD I have had the opportunity to attend numerous national and international conferences, and I will be a visiting researcher at International Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), Norway in November 2015. Meanwhile, I recently completed a six months fellowship at the World Bank in Washington DC. I feel privileged to be part of Maastricht University. I would strongly recommend the University to anyone looking for an exciting and academically challenging PhD experience – it’s truly a place where ‘the more you put in, the more you get out applies’’.

Name: Ayokunu Adedokun
Status: 3rd year PhD Student
Department: UNU-MERIT / School of Governance
Nationality: Nigeria
Ayokunu Adedokun

The GPAC2 progabahramme offered me world class, cutting-edge research skills, delivered in a rigorous but flexible way. Completing the programme in Maastricht did not only earn me PhD, it also earnt me new friends that I have stayed in touch with even after graduation. The GPAC2 Phd Programme has made a significant impact on my career. I went into the programme with no expectation that it would affect my career in any way. I merely wanted academic validation for things I that I thought I was already an expert practitioner on. The programme did provide that validation in some areas but also made me aware of how little I actually knew about my subject area before embarking on the programme. Since completing the programme I have moved on to higher responsibilities twice in the last 3 years, including being head-hunted to be the Director General of the Bureau of Public Service Reforms in the Presidency in Nigeria, a position that I still hold. The combination of practitioner knowledge and experience and academic rigour that the GPAC2 programme is based on is useful for any developing country. The Ekwueme scholarship would mean that Nigerian scholars who already have practitioner experience can complement it with academic rigour in areas that are important for Nigeria's development.

Dr. Joe Abah, Nigerian GPAC2 alumnus, Cohort 2009.
Joe Abah