2024 AERC PhD Fellowships for African Students

The African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) was founded in 1988 as a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing economic policy research and training in Africa. To achieve its goals, the consortium is now offering AERC PhD Fellowships for African Students as part of its policy research and graduate training efforts.

Therefore, if you’re a student seeking a PhD scholarship and reside within Francophone and Anglophone sub-Saharan African countries, the AERC PhD Fellowship is an ideal opportunity for you.

The consortium’s mandate and strategic intent aim to enhance sustained development in sub-Saharan Africa. As a result, this initiative emphasizes the need for well-trained, locally based professional economists to strengthen capacity building in economic policy across the continent.

2024 AERC PhD Fellowships

Application DeadlineAugust 31, 2024
SponsorAfrican Economic Research Consortium (AERC)

School To Study

The Economics degree-awarding program applies to the following AERC Collaborative PhD Programme (CPP) universities:

1. University of Nairobi, Kenya
2. University of Pretoria
3. University of Ibadan, Nigeria
5. University of Benin, Nigeria
6. Félix Houphouet-Boigny University, Côte d’Ivoire
7. University of Yaoundé II, Cameroon
8. University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
9. University of Cape Town, South Africa
10. University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
11. University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin
University Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal

Qualifications and Requirements for AERC PhD Fellowships

To be an eligible applicant for the AERC PhD Fellowships program you have to meet the following criteria:

  • Have applied to and been accepted by one of the CPP universities listed above – that means you should be already admitted there.
  • Hold at least a Second Class Honours (Upper Division) or its equivalent in Economics, Agricultural Economics, or a related field from an accredited university.
  • Possess a Master’s degree (including coursework and a thesis component) in Economics, Agricultural Economics, or related disciplines from a recognized University. The coursework should cover microeconomics, macroeconomics, quantitative methods, and econometrics.
  • Have at least one relevant publication in a peer-reviewed journal – this will be a plus for you.
  • Demonstrate your previous involvement in economic management, research, and/or training in the public sector. This will also be a plus factor (beneficial during application review) for you.
  • Finally, if you’re a female or an individual from a post-conflict and fragile state, you are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

If you’re an interested and qualified applicant, then follow these steps to complete your application process:

STEP 1: First, start by submitting your admission applications directly to the relevant universities (where you’re admitted and should be one of the above-mentioned universities). The details regarding the application process are available on your respective university’s website.

STEP 2: Upon receiving an admission letter from a specific university, proceed to upload the following documents to the AERC scholarship portal at https://training.aercafrica.org/admissionnew:

  • Application cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Proof of admission to one of the listed universities
  • Certified copies of transcripts and certificates.

For more information on AERC PhD Fellowships, visit  AERC website

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