Apply for Food Systems Summer School with N8 Agrifood


As part of the strategic partnership, N8 Agrifood is working with IFSTAL to organise a unique international Food Systems Summer School at the University of Ghana from 16th – 21st June, 2019. Open to doctoral students from any of the N8 Universities (Durham, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and York) working in any aspect of agrif-food, applications are now open.

The course will focus on enhancing participant’s food system knowledge plus interactive activities to develop skills in communicating complexity. You will learn about the challenges of food systems, tools and approached to analyse food systems, and how change in food systems can be brought about.  Speakers will include John Ingram (Oxford- Environmental Change Institute), Bob Doherty (University of York), Jonathan Rushton (University of Liverpool), Daniel Bruce Sarpong (University of Ghana) and invited local Key Speakers.


What should participants expect?

We are looking for 10 motivated and enthusiastic agri-food PhD students from the N8 partner universities to travel to Ghana for the one-week training course.  All training costs for participants once in Ghana are covered (including accommodation, travel and meals). Selected students will be able to access travel grants from their respective institutions for UK ground travel and flights.

Treat yourself to an interdisciplinary mix of interactive academic, social and cultural activities, including:

  • Keynotes from UK and Ghanaian experts
  • Interactive Workshops
  • Group/Team Projects & Presentations
  • Field trips/Industry visits/engagement
  • Social & Cultural Networking Events & Dinners
  • An opportunity to study in the Global South and add to your international experience
  • An opportunity to learn from both Ghanaian and UK participants and extend your research networks


Application Process:

To apply, please complete an application form available HERE. You will be required to upload a 2-page CV. Please send your documents to your university contact on the form.  Candidates will be selected on merit and to optimise the range of N8 universities and disciplines represented.

Each successful applicant should then apply to their universities for funding to cover international flights and UK costs.

Deadline for Applications:  15th April 2019 by 5pm


Read the full flyer: Ghana Summer School flyer


More information:

Please contact N8 AgriFood Knowledge Exchange Fellow Dr John Atibila ( if you have any questions about the training course, logistics, or travel arrangements. Dr Atibila is also happy to talk to selected applicants about options for exploring Ghana further after the summer school.

See more from the N8 Agrifood website here