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AERC 2020 Collaborative PhD Fellowship Programme in Economics for African Students

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

Launched in 2002, the Collaborative PhD Programme (CPP) in Economics’ primary aim is to strengthen teaching and research capacity in sub-Saharan African countries, to increase the pool of potential researchers and policy analysts, and to gradually build-up and retain African scholars in Africa, leading to an increase in capacity across the continent. CPP aims to increase output of professionals conversant with – and specialists in – African issues, leading to the possible emergence of various theories and African solutions to these problems. CPP integrates theory, tools and African applications into academic teaching, ensuring that theory is firmly grounded on the empirical side.

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About African Economic Research Consortium (AERC)

Established in 1988, the African Economic Research Consortium is a capacity building institution to inform economic policies in sub-Saharan Africa. AERC has three primary components: research, training and policy outreach. The organization integrates economic policy research, postgraduate training and policy outreach within a network of researchers, universities and policy makers in Africa and worldwide. Research Programme The key components of the Research Programme are thematic and collaborative research projects, complemented by other capacity building initiatives. The programme appr... read more


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AERC PhD Fellowship Programme in Economics


Aim and Benefits of AERC PhD Fellowship Programme in Economics

Selected candidates shall be awarded full scholarsh


Requirements for AERC PhD Fellowship Programme in Economics Qualification

To qualify, candidates must:

  1. Have applied and been admitted to any one of the listed CPP degree-awarding universities;
  2. Have attained at Bachelor’s Degree level at least a Second Class Honours (Upper Division) or equivalent in Economics or related field from an accredited university;
  3. 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 and quantitative methods;
  4. Female and applicants from post-conflict and fragile states are encouraged to apply.
  5. Possession of at least 1 relevant publication in a refereed journal will be an added advantage.
  6. Evidence of engagement in economic management, research and/or training in the public sector will be an added advantage.

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Documents Required for Application

The following documents should be filled and submitted;

  1. Application for scholarship
  2.  A copy of the admission letter
  3. Curriculum vitae
  4. Certified copies of academic certificates and transcripts


Application Deadline

July 31, 2020


How to Apply

 Upon receipt of an admission letter from the specific university, candidates should submit the following  documents as listed above to our training division at [email protected]

Important Notes: Candidates should note that all admitting universities submit a list of all admitted candidates to AERC. Where candidates have applied for admission and they have not received their admission letters by the date of the deadline for PhD fellowship application, AERC will use the list from the universities to inform those admitted into CPP to submit copies of their curriculum vitae, certified copies of their academic certificates and transcripts. 

For more details, visit AERC website



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