Call for Applications: AERC PhD Fellowships for African Students 2024

The African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) was established in 1988 as a public not-for-profit organization devoted to the advancement of economic policy research and training in Africa. The Consortium’s mandate and strategic intent is built on the basis that sustained development in sub-Saharan Africa requires well-trained, locally based professional economists. AERC agitates the provision of capacity building in economic policy in Francophone and Anglophone African countries through provision of support in the areas of policy research and graduate training. 

About African Economic Research Consortium (AERC)

The launch of AERC goes back to the late 1980s, when a small group of Africanists and African scholars began to recognize the disconnect between economic policy making and economic research in sub-Saharan Africa. Available research results, applied to other economies, did not always seem appropriate to the African context. And where such results were available, they were too often not put to use. Their concern swelled into a full-fledged idea; they had a discussion about a vehicle for pooling their expertise and applying it to the development of economic policy capacity in sub-Saharan Afric... continue reading

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AERC PhD Fellowships

Application Deadline31 Aug 2024
SponsorAfrican Economic Research Consortium (AERC)
GenderMen and Women

Requirements for AERC PhD Fellowships Qualification

To qualify, an applicant must:

  • Have applied and been admitted to any one of the listed CPP universities;
  • Have attained at least a Second Class Honours (Upper Division) or equivalent in Economics, Agricultural Economics, or related field from an accredited university;
  • Have a Masters degree (with coursework and thesis component) in Economics, Agricultural Economics, or related fields from a recognized University. The coursework should have covered microeconomics, macroeconomics, quantitative methods and econometrics;
  • Possession of at least 1 relevant publication in a refereed journal will be an added advantage;
  • Evidence of engagement in economic management, research, and/or training in the public sector will be an added advantage; and 
  • Female and applicants from post-conflict and fragile states are encouraged to apply.

Interview date, Process and Venue for AERC PhD Fellowships

AERC wishes to announce the 2024/2025 Ph.D. scholarships for applicants from Francophone and Anglophone sub-Saharan African countries admitted into any of the following AERC Collaborative PhD Programme (CPP) in Economics degree-awarding universities: 

University of Cape Town, South Africa University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin
University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania University of Benin, Nigeria
Félix Houphouet-Boigny University, Côte d’Ivoire University Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal
University of Ibadan, Nigeria University of Nairobi, Kenya
University of Yaoundé II, Cameroon University of Pretoria
University of Witwatersrand, South Africa

Application Deadline

August 31, 2024

How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) on to apply

Interested applicants must submit their applications for admission directly to the respective universities (application procedure can be obtained from the respective university’s website). Upon receipt of an admission letter from a specific university, applicants shall upload the following documents on to the AERC scholarship portal.

  • Application cover letter;
  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • Evidence of admission at any of the universities listed above; and
  • Certified copies of transcripts and certificates.

For more details,visit  AERC website

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