APPLICATION FOR GHANA CHAMBER OF MINES (GCM) – TERTIARY EDUCATION FUND (TEF) RESEARCH GRANT FOR POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS (2020/ 2021 ACADEMIC YEAR)
Relevant Information/Instruction for the Application for the GCM-TEF Research Grant for Postgraduate Students
The objective of the Grant is to provide financial support for postgraduate students to engage in industry-related research for their theses. Interested Masters and Doctoral students will complete an online application form with their research proposal. The School of Postgraduate Studies of UMaT will liaise with the GCM-TEF Governing Board to collate research topics of relevance to industry, and make them available at the application portal. The students will work under supervisors from UMaT and mining industry advisors. The Grant will also cover theses on automated systems as well as innovations in mining. The Governing Board will constitute a Technical Committee to vet and select the awardees. The application will open at the beginning of January and end by 15th February, each year.
Eligibility Criteria for Applicants
To be eligible for the Grant, the applicant must:
- Be a Master or Doctoral Student of UMaT and must have completed the first semester of the first year successfully;
- Not have benefited from the grant for two concurrent years and three concurrent years in the case of PhD candidates;
- Apply and submit a Completed Application Form with Research Proposal Before the deadline for the submission of the application;
- Submit only one application, and
- Undertake to comply with the criteria set for the disbursement of the grant and reporting of research findings.
Accessing the Grant and Important Deadlines
- The Grant is to be accessed online through the application portal set up by the Governing Board with inputs from UMaT.
- The School of Postgraduate Studies (SPS) will request Departments in UMaT and the Governing Board to submit research proposal on problems relevant to the Industry by the end of October each year. All stakeholders will submit the research proposal to SPS by the end of November each year. SPS will collate the research proposals and make it available at the portal by the end of December each year.
- Application will open at the beginning of January and end by 15th February, each year.
- Applicants must access and complete the Grant application form online, and submit the completed form online before the deadline.
- The application should include a research proposal, which should be endorsed by the supervisor of the thesis and the Technical Advisor from Industry. The proposal should quantify the percentage of the expected budget to be borne by the Mining Company, whose problem is the subject of investigation.
- Incomplete applications, and applications submitted after the deadline shall not be considered.
- The Governing Board shall constitute a Technical Committee to vet and select short-listed candidates by the end of March each year.
- The Governing Board will announce awardees for the year by end of April each year.
- The Governing Board will release at least 50% of the Grant to the Awardees through UMaT by 31st May, each year.
- The remaining amount shall be released upon satisfactory reporting on the project by the Awardee in November each year.
Value of the Grant
- The average yearly budget for the Grant shall be the cedi equivalent of $40,800 and will cover 8-10 applicants depending on the requests.
- The value of the Grant for one applicant shall not exceed the cedi equivalent of $5,000, and shall cover direct research-related costs (field work, analysis, field visit, community entry, field/research assistants, accommodation, transport, meetings, time on project, stipend, airfare, conference, etc), but not salaries.
- In cases where the research has a direct benefit to a mining company, the company shall be expected to bear part of the cost requested by the applicant by contributing in cash and/or in kind.
Payment to Awardees
Payment of the Grant amount shall be made directly to the University, which will transfer the money to the awardee within two weeks of receiving the amount based on the approved budget schedule submitted by the awardee. In the case of purchase of equipment or where appropriate, procurement processes shall be followed. There shall be no overhead cost from the University.
Renewal of Grant
The Grant shall be awarded for one academic year for Master’s Students. PhD candidates with Master’s or Bachelor’s degree can benefit for two or three consecutive years respectively. Renewal for the second and third year will be subject to evidence of satisfactory progress on the thesis and adequate reporting on the research.
Advantage for Visible Minority
The Grant is open to all qualified applicants. However, in the event of a tie, women and disadvantaged persons (for example, persons with disability, persons from less endowed communities) who meet the required criteria would be given preference.
Termination of Grant
The Grant of an awardee may be terminated if the beneficiary:
- Is deceased;
- Abandons the research for which the Fund was originally meant; and
- Does not keep up with the required semester reporting.
For innovative solutions which result in significant cost savings for the industry, the Intellectual Property should be protected through a patent which recognises the Researcher, the University and the Company.
Note: Application form will be available from 1st January to 15th February, 2021