AERC Collaborative PhD Fellowship Program in Economics 2022 for African Students

Applications are open for the AERC Collaborative PhD Fellowship Program in Economics 2020 for African Students

Application Deadline: July 31, 2022

About the award: Launched in 2002, the Collaborative PhD Program (CPP) in Economics aims to strengthen teaching and research capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa, increase the pool of potential researchers and policy analysts, and gradually build training and retaining African scientists in Africa, leading to an increase in capacity across the continent. CPP aims to increase the output of professionals familiar with – and specialists in – African issues, leading to the possible emergence of different theories and African solutions to these problems. CPP integrates theory, tools and African applications in academic education, so that the theory is firmly anchored on the empirical side.

Type: PhD

Eligibility: To be eligible, candidates must:

Have applied and been admitted to any of the listed CPP Universities that award a degree; Have obtained at least a Second Class Honors (Higher Division) or equivalent in Economics or related field from an accredited university at Bachelor’s level; Have a Masters degree (with coursework and thesis component) in economics, agricultural economics or related fields from a recognized university. The courses should cover microeconomics, macroeconomics and quantitative methods; women and candidates from post-conflict and fragile states are encouraged to apply. Owning at least 1 relevant publication in a referenced journal will be an added advantage. Evidence of involvement in economic management, research and/or training in the public sector will be an added advantage.

Eligible Countries: A limited number of full scholarships will be offered competitively to applicants from the Sub-Saharan Africa region. Applicants from the SADC region are therefore encouraged to apply.

To be taken at (Country): University of Witwatersrand, Southern Africa)

Number of awards: limited

Price Value: Fully Funded

Duration of the Award: 4 years

How to apply:


A master’s degree in economics or an equivalent qualification from Wits University or another university.

Download the application form from and send it along with the required documents and supporting documents to Ms. Kamo Nhlapo at: [email protected]. Please note that for this particular program (the AERC PhD program) only, you do not need to upload your documents to Wits’ online application system. You should send the required documents to Ms. Kamo Nhlapo. Send any questions to her.

The following supporting documents should be emailed to Ms. Kamo Nhlapo: [email protected]

Copies of your diplomas Copies of ALL academic transcripts SAQA evaluation (This is an evaluation conducted by the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA) of all international qualifications – details on the application are available at ). If you do not have SAQA now, please ensure that you start the application process immediately. Proof of English proficiency (if the qualification was completed at an institution where the language of instruction was not English) Curriculum Vitae Motivation letter A short proposal of (5-10 pages) your outline research interest It is important to review all application requirements on the Award webpage (see link below) before applying.GOODLUCK

Visit the Award webpage for details

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