African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) PhD Fellowships 2024/2025

 Deadline: 31st of August, 2024.

The 2024–2025 African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) PhD Fellowships are now accepting applications. In 1988, the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) was founded as a public, nonprofit organization with the goal of promoting economic policy research and training throughout Africa. The mandate and strategic objective of the Consortium are founded on the idea that professional economists with local training and experience are necessary for sub-Saharan Africa to experience sustained development. By offering assistance in the fields of policy research and graduate education, AERC promotes the development of economic policy capacity in Francophone and Anglophone Africa.

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


To qualify, an applicant must:

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

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

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