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The Graduate Programme AFRICA is a study and research programme from Master's degree to PhD level. The programme brings together a multidisciplinary cohort of students and PhD students. It focuses on the study of contemporary Africa by exploring the complex and multidimensional issues facing African populations and decision-makers.

The Program

Launched in 2022, the AFRICA Graduate Program is the result of collaboration between three Bordeaux training units and fully integrates scientific research thanks to the involvement of three research units:

The AFRICA Graduate Program benefits from a broader range of disciplines contributing to its research focus. This is due to the involvement of more laboratories specialising in law, anthropology, and demography, which allows for a deeper exploration of areas like living conditions and social protection.

The main themes studied in the Graduate Program are :

  • Africa ou Africas in transition: political, economic, social and cultural changes in a shifting gobal landscape; modes of national and local governance, sectoral public policies, mechanisms of international aid, regional tensions and instabilities, management of global challenges such as climate change;
  • Demographic, health and environmental changes, sustainable transitions, technological mutations, digital transformation, normative and institutional changes, production dynamics, employment and living conditions, social structures, political organisations, rapid urbanisation and rural mutations;
  • Living conditions, cities, pollution, transport, health systems, food security, farm incomes, climate, environment, telemedecine, social organisation, women, demography, welfare, social protection, youth, African societies, development policies, public policies
  • Training, research, partnerships to set up a resource centre for academics in Bordeaux and Africa and for those working with Africa

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  • This is an international program taught in both French and English run by a community of researchers and experts from Bordeaux, Europe and Africa.
  • Master and PhD students are trained in pluri- and inter-disciplinary research.
  • The link with academic research is strengthened by support from the Major Research Programme IPORA (GPRs) - Interdisciplinary Policy-Oriented Research on Africa - .

International cooperation

  • Ivory Coast : University Félix Houphouët-Boigny
  • Morocco: International University of Rabat 
  • Ethiopia : Addis Ababa University
  • Germany : Bayreuth Universität (double-degree in Development Studies)

Joining the program at Master's level

The Graduate Program AFRICA is directly accessible from the second year of the Master :

  •  Training through research experience such as tutoring projects
  •  Access to thematic courses in public health (ISPED School of Public Health), economics (Bordeaux School of Economics) and political sciences (Sciences Po Bordeaux)
  •  Multi- and interdisciplinary methodological seminars
  •  Opportunities for individual or paired internships with tailored interdisciplinary group work, within operational and/or research projects proposed by the GPR IPORA partners or researchers.
  •  An international and research summer school each year (Bordeaux Summer School African Studies)

To join the programme, students must be admitted and enrolled in a second year of Master programme in one of the following three fields:

Once the enrollment is completed at the university, students can apply to the AFRICA Graduate Program by sending a Curriculum and a cover letter to the Executive Committee (contacts details to the bottom of the page). Evaluation of applications will be based on:

  • The quality of the application and the excellence of the applicant's background
  • Alignment with the thematic and geographic priorities of the program
  • Motivations related to the applicant's professional or research project

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Joining the program at PhD level

Are you a PhD student in one of the Graduate Program's specialties in public health, economics or political science ? The "AFRICA cohort" brings together master's students and doctoral students from the university whose research focuses on the main themes of the programme and concerns the African continent. To join the cohort, research must fall within the scientific scope of at least one of the three laboratories: BPH-Bordeaux Population Health , BSE-Bordeaux School of Economics  et LAM-Les Afriques dans le Monde

Members of the AFRICA cohort take part in scientific events and benefit from dedicated doctoral training, academic mentoring and technical support to promote outstanding results ! They leverage the synergies between disciplinary research on Africa and the activities of the GPR IPORA.

Thinking about a mobility project, but need financial assistance?

If your project does not meet the requirements of other international mobility funding options, you can apply for support from the program in order to attend a conference, carry out research, attend a training course or summer school, or any other occasional event abroad.

  • contact us for more information on how we can support occasional international mobility projects

PhD Positions

The 2024 International PhD Scholarship call is now closed.

You are willing to apply for a PhD in Bordeaux ? Admission requirements and subjects are available on the "admission to a doctoral school" page : Click here

What next ?

Members of the Graduate Programme AFRICA acquire solid knowledge and skills on the major contemporary issues facing Africa. They benefit from both a strong specialization in their main discipline and a high level of openness to other disciplines. They have the ability to develop and implement integrated, cross-disciplinary initiatives. They develop a research approach with the aim of responding to African issues and new public policy orientations.

Graduates can go on to rewarding careers in a variety of fields: academic research, policy development and evaluation, international development projects, consultancy, NGOs, bilateral cooperation, decentralised cooperation and international organisations.


  • Lorren N’GUESSAN

    Project Officer



    Director of the programme


  • Eric Rougier

    Deputy director


  • Céline Thiriot

    Deputy Director