Supervising PhD Students in a Resource Constrained Setting: Challenges and Prospects
A doctoral degree education and successful completion of a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) study in a resource-constrained setting are influenced by many critical factors among whom is the quality of the supervision process. This is because a Ph.D. supervisor is expected to fashion a student’s development to address deficits in knowledge and skills, undertake intervention to ensure timely completion of the study, provide research assistance work to minimize the risk of withdrawal, and deploy personal networks to facilitate knowledge exchange and sharing to advance the study goals. The purpose of this paper is to contribute to a reflection and understanding of supervision of PhD students education in a resource-constrained setting by examining the current state of PhD study, identifying the challenges that affect PhD research and supervision, and examining the interventions/opportunities that can be exploited to minimize these challenges to advance and promote the goals of a PhD study, with particular references to Uganda. It is hoped that the article will contribute to understanding Ph.D. supervision challenges in a resource-constrained setting so that the context unearthed in the paper can assist in putting into practice necessary actions and interventions to improve the quality of PhD supervision.
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