PhD Clinic

Excellent mentorship and intensive methodological clinics


The Ibadan School of Government and Public Policy (ISGPP) seek to build capacity by supporting doctoral candidates who are busy professionals and executives. ISGPP is an independent academic and professional policy training centre devoted to teaching and researching into issues of government, governance, and public administration, public policy, and development concerns in unique ways that impact on the activities of government and the public interest. The primary objective of the executive doctoral training program is to build and strengthen capacity of executive doctoral candidates at different stages of their dissertation writing through mentorship and intensive methodological clinics. The Executive doctoral training will produce professionals who are also research leaders that can set up research, rightly interpret research evidence and formulate policies that are based on adequate understanding of the problem requiring interventions.

The three key components of the training program are (1) Access to Library (2) Mentorship (3) Methodological clinics (IEDCs)


The executive doctoral training targets and supports mid-career and senior level professionals who registered for doctoral program in any certified Ph.D awarding institution.  The programme accepts students who are interested in transforming the society through a philosophical and refined application of theoretical and practical knowledge using evidence-based doctoral research. While ISGPP is not a Ph.D certificate awarding institution, the executive doctoral training provide supportive environment, infrastructure and personnel for successful completion of Ph.D thesis for busy executives.

Entry requirements

  • Candidates for IEDTS shall be registered doctoral students from any recognized Ph.D awarding Institution.
  • Candidates must have demonstrable track record of experience in public or private organizations with practical knowledge of his/her field of expertise.
  • A detailed outline of research focus, proposal or paper should be submitted to identify the level of support that the student needs
  • All candidates must have flexibility in their work schedule in order to participate in seminars and clinics specifically designed for the Ph.D research.

Future Access to Library

ISGPP ultramodern state-of-the-art library/learning centre is one of the topmost libraries for studies on governance and public policy. The library is always open to enable the training participants to stay connected from any part of the globe. Clients can also physically walk into the Library between the hours of 8am to 8pm.


ISGPP brings together the best of many worlds in that most of our staff are highly cerebral, visionary individuals whose work experience cut across various industries in and outside Nigeria. Our staff have vast experience in the private and public sectors, bringing to bear a fine blend of both worlds. While those with the business background provide our clients with cutting edge practices and processes to approach thorny management issues, those from the academia bring with them intellectual integrity and quest for new and better ways of solving problems. The committed individuals that work for ISGPP believe in the vision to revolutionalise the public system and cause the system to work for radical transformation of our society.

Methodological Clinics (IEDCs)

IEDC 1 Focuses on proposal writing through review of literature, identifying research problems, understanding the scientific nature of social research, theory and conceptual issues in social research and relevance of research to public policy. Students are expected to present the outline of chapter one and two of their doctoral thesis to the assigned mentors at the end of this module
IEDC 2 Focuses of methodology by critically examining various social research approaches and methods. This module will examine quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection, research design, sample size and design, designing and administering questionnaire in survey, theoretical orientation to qualitative study, discussions, interviews, case study, observations and use of secondary source of data (archival material, reports). Students are expected to present the outline of chapter three of their doctoral thesis to the assigned mentors at the end of this module.
IEDC 3 Focuses on quantitative and qualitative data management by developing a data analysis plan in line with study objectives. Relevant software packages for qualitative and quantitative data will be available with assigned coaches to analyse the fieldwork data. Emphasis will be on data analysis and presentation to academic audience. Students are expected to develop the data analysis plan during this section and present the findings from the field to the assigned mentors at the end of this module.
IEDC 4 Focuses on report writing and finalizing the doctoral thesis. Emphasis will be on synchronizing results from different methods of data collection, discussing the findings and writing conclusion and recommendations. Students are expected to submit the chapter four and five of their doctoral thesis to the assigned mentors at the end of this module.

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