Many universities in Africa run various doctoral programmes in economics, but the quality of both programme and output varies widely. The African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), along with universities and other stakeholders within and outside Africa, agreed that a collaborative PhD degree programme in economics would be the optimum way to address the quality issues.
Level: PhD Thesis
Deadline: applications have two deadlines per year: January 31 for the June award and July 31 for the December award.
Funded By: The African Economic Research Consortium (AERC)
Beneficiaries(Target Groups): AERC PhD Thesis Research Awards for African students is targeted to Africa scholars
Value of Scholarship : maximum value of US$6,000 towards PhD thesis research.
‣ Many universities in Africa run various doctoral programmes in economics, but the quality of both programme and output varies widely. The African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), along with universities and other stakeholders within and outside Africa, agreed that a collaborative PhD degree programme in economics would be the optimum way to address the quality issues.
‣ Such a programme would not only complement existing programmes, it would also tap, harness, and pool human and other resources available on the continent to produce a common, uniform, high-quality doctoral degree programme in Africa. With these considerations, AERC developed and launched its Collaborative PhD Programme in Economics (CPP) in December 2002.
‣ The first cadre of 19 students began their studies in January 2003. Six were enrolled at the University of Yaounde II and eight at the University of Dar es Salaam. Another five started their coursework at the University of Ibadan in February. They all came together in October 2003 at the Joint Facility for Electives, a four-month residential study programme in Nairobi that presents common elective courses. Since then the AERC has supported 21 students each year. In addition other self sponsered students or students sponsered by other donors have joined the program.
‣ From the outset, the basic objective has been to ensure high quality Economic study. Moreover, one of its comparative advantages is that it is more directly relevant to Africa – in terms of research relevance, policy orientation, use of the African reality (data, literature, focus, examples and so on), and development of theories, literature, and academic materials relevant to Africa – than any comparable doctoral programme in economics in the world.
‣ Each year AERC offers a limited number of awards with a maximum value of US$6,000 towards PhD thesis research ( AERC PhD Thesis Research Awards for African students)
To be eligible to apply for AERC PhD Thesis Research Awards for African students , applicants
‣ must come from an African national enrolled in a doctoral degree programme in Economics at a recognized university. He/she must be in the research and/or writing phase of the dissertation.
‣ Requests should be supported by the following documentation:
‣ Evidence of an attachment to, or sponsorship by, an institution in sub-Saharan Africa engaged in economic management, research and/or training in the public sector.
‣ Evidence of registration in a recognized PhD programme in Economics.
‣ An approved research proposal, complete with clearly defined objectives, substantial literature review and a well-outlined analytical framework, as well as pertinent research methodology.
‣ A statement of limitations and policy relevance of the study.
‣ A letter of reference from the thesis supervisor.
‣ A detailed budget including evidence of any additional financial support that may be necessary to complete the programme.
‣ Curriculum vitae.
Scholarship Application Method
Processing of the Application
‣ Upon the receipt of the proposal and the supporting documentation, the proposal is sent to two external reviewers, who comment on the adequacy of the proposal.
‣ In the event that the reviewers suggest corrections to be made and give positive feedback, the comments from the reviewers are sent to the students to incorporate the suggested corrections and then resubmit the proposal for a final review.
‣ Once the proposal is cleared by at least two reviewers, the reviewed proposals and the comments of the external reviewers are presented to the Training Sub-Committee of AERC during the Biannual Research Workshops (held in June and December), who go through the recommendations of the reviewers and make recommendation to the Programme Committee to approve for funding. It is after this that research grants can be awarded.
‣ Scholarship Application Due Date : The PhD thesis research awards applications have two deadlines per year: January 31 for the June award and July 31 for the December award.
Requests should be supported by the following documentation: