About the Pre-Doctoral Workshop

  1. Is pursuing a PhD Programme one of your goals?
  2. Do you find the idea of writing a concept note or a research proposal daunting?
  3. Do you know how to identify the core literature for your research?

Why join us

Join us to get an opportunity to present, discuss and receive feedback on your research ideas in an inspiring academic community of experienced faculty and fellow students.

This workshop is intended to introduce current and potential doctoral students to the field of entrepreneurship research and practice. The participants will be exposed to broad research themes in entrepreneurship to assist them to begin considering various topics in entrepreneurship management.

An overview of methodological approaches in this area will be presented.

Programme Objective

The purpose of this Workshop is to expose participants to fundamental principles and methods of research in social sciences.

As such, the workshop has a dual aim: at a broad level, it aims at providing participants with a basic understanding of what research at the doctoral level entails; and at an operational level, the workshop aims at familiarizing participants with the tools needed to develop a concept paper and/or a research proposal.

For Who

The workshop is targeted at individuals who are considering enrolling in any doctoral programme available worldwide.


Mode of Delivery

  • The mode of delivery will be virtual/ online

Class preparation

  • Participants must read all of the assigned materials before the Workshop starts.
  • Reading should be an active process. To assist in this process, each set of readings is accompanied by some questions. These are not meant to act as constraints but to spark thinking.
  • Participants are encouraged to identify other interesting issues to bring into class discussions.

Class discussions

  • Morning sessions aim at gaining an understanding of the assigned readings.
  • The format will be participative discussions led by the instructor.

Research development

  • Afternoon sessions aim at helping participants advance their research ideas.
  • The format will be based on a combination of individual work and group discussions with feedback from the instructor.


Participants of the pre-doctoral workshop will be selected by a committee, based upon a submitted one page write up indicating their potential research question and their motivation to pursue a PhD programme.

Pre-Doctoral Workshop Application Form


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  • Download template for the one pager concept note Here

  • Max. file size: 64 MB.

  • All cancellations must be made in writing to the Program Manager. Cancellations made less than a week to the commencement of the workshop, are subject to a penalty of 25% of total program fee.

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Developing Great African Leaders

Key Details

Date: April 2024

Mode of Delivery: Virtual/ online


  • Kshs. 63,000 (Virtual)
  • Kshs. 74,000 (On-Campus)


For more information, contact Nelson Onyinkwa on:

Email: phdadmissions@strathmore.edu/ nonyinkwa@strathmore.edu


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