GSA Research Grant

Call for applications for 2019 GSA Research Grant (tenable in the 2019-2020 academic year)

Ghana Studies Association announces the call for applications for its 2019 Research Grant Program. The award of up to $500 supports research in the area of Ghana Studies by Ghana-based researchers. MPhil and PhD students as well as early career faculty (not more than 3 years since award of doctorate) in the Arts and Social Sciences are  encouraged to apply.

The application is composed of

  • cover page with bio details
  • a proposal of not more than 800 words
  • a budget
  • a letter of recommendation (this may be submitted with the rest of the application or sent directly by the referee to

All the three sections of the application (with the exception of the letter of recommendation) must be submitted using the 2019 GSA Research Grant application form.  Email completed application form to

Completed applications, including letter of reference, should be received by 20 October 2019. Decisions are expected to be made by 15 November 2019.

We regret that we are unable to contact unsuccessful applicants individually or provide feedback on applications. If you have not heard from us by 15 November, please assume that your application has been unsuccessful.


2017 Grantees

Phidelia Doegah, Early Career Faculty, Institute of Health Research, University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ho

           Research study:  Lifestyle behaviours and its implication for Body Mass Index

Abena Yeboah-Banin, Early Career Faculty, Department of Communication Studies, University of Ghana

Research study: Advertising herbal medicines in Ghana: should we trust what the presenters say?

Read a full profile of the winners:

Meet the 2017 GSA Research Grant Winners


2016 Grantees

Joana Kwabena-Adade, PhD candidate, Department of Sociology, University of Ghana

Thesis: “‘A home away from home’? The emerging forms of non-domiciliary care fro the aged in the urban centres of the Greater Accra Region of Ghana”

Edward Wilson Ansah, PhD candidate, Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, University of Cape Coast

Thesis: ““Psychosocial Safety Climate as a Predictor of Health and Safety of Fuel Station Attendants in Accra, Ghana”.

Meet the 2016 GSA Research Grant winners


2015 Grantees

Patience Gyamenah, graduate student, Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana

Project: “Culture and healthcare pluralism among Akan cancer patients in Ghana”

Patricia Serwaa Afrifa, graduate student, Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana

Project: “Formalised Childcare Arrangements in Ghana: A Study of Selected Day Care Centres in Accra”

Samson Ninfaazu, graduate student, Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana

Project: ” Disambiguating the ambiguities: a socio-historical study of the Lobi of northwestern Ghana”

READ MORE about the 2015 grant winners here.

2014 Grantees

Joseph Fosu-Ankrah, graduate student, Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana

Project: “Cocoa, Community and the Politics of Belonging in the Aowin Sauman District in the Western Region of Ghana, 1955-2008”

 Ibrahim Baidoo, graduate student, Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana

Project: “Causes of Conflicts between Fulani Herdsmen and Farmers in the Agogo Traditional Area of the Ashanti Region”

 John Aggrey, a graduate student, Department of Sociology, University of Ghana

Project: “Defining Our Space: Land Grabs and Real Estate in the Western Region of Ghana”

2013 Research Grantee

 2013 Research Grant Report

“The Influence of Urban Residential Structure on Cancer Mortality in Urban Accra”

By Joseph Darko

The aim of the study was to analyze the pattern of cancer mortality in Ghana and its association with urban structure, Socioeconomic Status (SES), environmental conditions and contextual factors. The study also further sought to investigate the relationship between the built environment and cancer mortality in urban Accra.

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2012 Research Grantee

“Masculinities in Contemporary Africa: Understanding a Woman’s Sexuality in an Urban Ghanaian Community”

By Daniel Yaw Fiavah (University of Ghana)

Data presented here is a version of my PhD dissertation, “Sexual Pleasure and the Construction of Masculinities: Understanding Sexuality in Ghana”. In this condensed version [focusing on women’s sexual initiation] of my PhD study then, drawing on the narratives of 15 women and 15 men aged 25 to 79 years in Madina, a suburb in Accra, Ghana, I provide exploratory evidence that argues that sexual pleasure is a significant constituent of femininity and is one of those sexual agentic moments that a woman may not compromise in sexual unions even if these are not necessarily overt.

The study is explaratory and the choice of Madina was based solely on convenience.  The study conformed to the required ethical guidance (NMIMR-IRB CPN 048/11-12). As a Ghanaian male, I am aware of the potential blurring of boundaries between myself and my participants especially the female participants. Despite this concern, experts assert that through reflection, researchers may become conscious of what allows them to see and what may inhibit their seeing (Watt, 2007).

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