This article is based on an interview with Osac Gueye, who was one of the last students to graduate from the NhSc.
He is a professor at the University of Nairobi’s Department of Political Science and was among the last NhSCP students to receive their degrees in 2017.
“It is not enough to just take a NhScholar in the same year you are applying to a PhD,” he says.
“In order to be accepted into the programme, you must have earned the degree in 2019 or 2020, the same as those who completed the programme in 2018 or 2019.”
His experience has led him to the conclusion that it is vital to have a PhD.
“To earn a PhD, you have to do the work for yourself,” he explains.
“That is why you need a mentor, so you can see the potential and the challenges of the research you are doing.
You can’t be an assistant professor at a university and do the same work.
You have to make your own way.”
A successful career in politicsA career in NHSC scholarship has become a cornerstone of the university’s education.
“There are some people who are given PhDs at universities, but for the most part, they do not get them,” says Guey.
“The reason is that they do research and the funding is not there.
The Nhscholarships are very important because they allow people who have been in a PhD programme to do a PhD with an institution that will allow them to earn a living.”
Gueye is part of a small group of students who have earned their NhChurs in the last two years.
“My main goal is to do my PhD and do well,” he adds.
“There is no such thing as a bad year.”
For Osac, the success of his students is not a question of finding a mentor.
“I do not feel like I have done my best work, but I did it because I felt it was my responsibility.
I do not think I did enough.
I was just doing my own thing.”
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