Programme overview

Period Courses

6-17 Mar 2017 (cohort 2017)

5-16 Mar 2018 (cohort 2018)

11-22 Mar 2019 (cohort 2019)

2-13 Mar 2020
(cohort 2020)

Basic Course 1: PhD Research Methods

Specialisation Courses: A selection of two courses out of four choices. The choice options will change over time, depending on available staff. In 2017, the choice options were 1) Comparative Political Economy, 2)

Migration and Development, 3) Intellectual Property Rights and 4) Poverty measurement and basic Social Protection strategies

Presentation of the initial research idea and discussion of research possibilities, to the GPAC2 cohort and institute staff

Research Skills: an introduction to STATA, Zotero, and literature search techniques., Introduction to the GPAC2 individual coaching trajectory

Introduction to the MGSoG / UNU-MERIT research community


6-16 June 2017
(cohort 2017)
(Monday 5 june free due to public holiday Pentecost)

4-15 June 2018 (cohort 2018)

3-14 June 2019 (cohort 2019)
(Monday 10 June free due to public holiday Pentecost)

2-12 June 2020 (cohort 2020)
(Monday 1 June free due to public holiday Pentecost)

Basic course 2: Research Design (qualitative and quantitative design choices)

Basic course 3: Quantitative Research Methods

Presentation and Discussion of the research proposals, to the GPAC2 cohort and institute staff

Research Skills: statistical analysis with STATA, Giving and Receiving feedback


6-17 Nov 2017 (cohort 2017)

5-16 Nov 2018 (cohort 2018)

4-15 Nov 2019 (cohort 2019)

2-13 Nov 2020 (cohort 2020)

Basic Course 4: Qualitative Research Methods

Specialisation Courses: A selection of two courses out of four choices. The choice options will change over time, depending on available staff. In 2017, the choice options were 1) Multilevel Governance, 2) Quantitative Impact Evaluation, 3) Qualitative Impact Evaluation and 4): Innovation systems and innovation policy

Presentation and Discussion of the research proposals, to the GPAC2 cohort and institute staff

Research skills: qualitative analysis software Atlas TI


Jan-Feb 2018 (cohort 2017)

Jan-Feb 2019 (cohort 2018)

Jan-Feb 2020 (cohort 2019)

Jan-Feb 2021 (cohort 2020)

Submission of final research proposal
Written comments and admission decision to GPAC² year 2


Higher year cohort

18-22 Jun 2018

19-23 Nov 2018

17-21 June 2019

18-22 Nov 2019

15-19 June 2020

16-20 Nov 2020

Research workshop, including presentations and discussions, progress meetings, master classes and keynote lectures, coaching and skills development