Friday 22 February 2013


IGSS Programme Accepting Applications

The Government of Ekiti State, Nigeria proudly announces and welcomes applications for participation in the Ikogosi Graduate Summer School (IGSS)

The crisis of higher education in Nigeria has triggered a massive haemorrhage of thousands of Nigerian scholars and intellectuals to colleges and research think tanks in different parts of the world. At the same time, and partly as a result of this crisis, unprecedented numbers of young Nigerians have sought- and continue to seek- educational opportunities outside the country’s shores, Despite the eagerness of many Nigerian scholars outside Nigeria to return home regularly to augment the training of young Nigerians in our higher institutions, concrete opportunities remain few and far between.
One goal of the IGSS is to initiate the process of closing the gap between desire and actualization. While there is certainly no illusion that this initiative can be a substitute for the urgent and all-important need for the rejuvenation of the education sector in Nigeria, it is envisaged that the program, targeted primarily at the further training of graduate students, will be a first step in a broader project of scholarly reinvigoration.

Ikogosi Graduate Summer School
The 1st Ikogosi Graduate Summer School (IGSS) will take place on June 16 – 29, 2013 at the world-class Ikogosi Warm Spring Resorts in lkogosi-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria.

Amongst other things, IGSS aims to:
  • Enrich and expand the training of (postgraduate students in Nigeria;
  • Provide greater scholarly opportunities for (post)graduate students;
  • Train (post)graduate students in the processes and cultures of research in a global age;
  • Deepen and expand the horizon of (postgraduate students in Nigeria;
  • Introduce graduate students to stare-of the-art research and scholarship;
  • Offer assistance to (post)graduate students in Nigeria in terms of current literature and research materials;
  • Train students in the art of writing proposals (for graduate programmes as well as for research funding), and. how to publish in peer-reviewed journals and other scholarly outlets.
Eligibility/Call for Applications
To this end, IGSS invites applications from qualified indigenes of Ekiti State, Nigeria who are post-graduate students – M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D. – in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and currently enrolled in Nigerian universities.

Students in the following and related disciplines are particularly encouraged to apply: Political Science, Economics, Sociology, Anthropology, Law, Banking and Finance, Business Administration, Accounting, Industrial Relations, Management, African Studies, Languages and Literature, History, Philosophy, International Relations, Security and Strategic Studies, Conflict Resolution and Conflict Management, Communication, Education, and Geography.

Application Closing Date
The closing date for submission of statements of interest and CVs is March 31 2013.

How To Apply
Qualified applicants should send a one-page “Statement of Interest” and a resume (3 pages maximum) to the Selection Panel at:

The Statement should state very clearly why the student is interested in attending the Summer School, the anticipated benefits, and how the opportunity would enhance his/her academic and future plans. The Selection Panel will select a maximum of 50 scholars from the pool of applicants to participate in the maiden edition of the Summer School.
Participation in the IGSS is free to all successful applicants,

Certificates of Attendance (and no academic credits) will be awarded to scholars who participate fully in the IGSS.

Programme Coordinators
  • Dr. Wale Adebanwi – University of California, Davis,USA
  • Dr. Ebenezer Obadare University of Kansas, Kansas, USA
For Further Enquiries
Dr. Femi Akinola, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Policy and Strategy
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