AFRICAN ECONOMIC RESEARCH CONSORTIUM PhD Thesis Research Grant Support 2021/2022

The African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) was established in 1988 as a public not-for-profit organization devoted to the advancement of economic policy research and training in Africa. The Consortium’s mandate and strategic intent are built on the basis that sustained development in sub-Saharan Africa require well-trained, locally based professional economists. AERC agitates the provision of capacity building in economic policy in Francophone and Anglophone African countries through the provision of support in the areas of policy research and graduate training.

AERC wishes to announce the 2021/2022 PhD thesis research grant support for African graduate students registered in a PhD degree programme in Economics at institutions within or outside Africa.

Eligibility Criteria and Application Procedure for PhD Thesis Research Awards

Graduate students are eligible to apply for this award provided:

  • They are African graduate students registered in a doctoral degree program in Economics at a recognized

    university either within or outside Africa;

  • They have completed all course requirements for the degree;
  • They have successfully defended their proposals and they are in the writing phase of the dissertation;
  • They have not received any other funding to support these dissertation activities outlined in the PhD

    proposal/budget; and

  • The field of dissertation proposal as approved by the thesis advisor falls within any of the following the

    AERC’s five broad thematic areas:
    Poverty, Labour Markets, and Income Distribution
    Macroeconomic Policy and Growth
    Finance and Resource Mobilization
    Production, Trade and Economic Integration
    Agriculture, Climate Change and Natural Resource Management

    Application Procedure

    Requests should be supported by the following documentation:

  • Evidence of registration in a recognized PhD programme in Economics.
  • A copy of the approved research proposal, complete with clearly defined objectives, substantial literature

    review, a welloutlined analytical framework as well as pertinent research methodology.

  • A letter of reference from the thesis supervisor.
  • A description of the plan of work for the thesis research including details of fieldwork and write up.
  • A detailed budget itemizing components of research for which no other funding support has been received.
  • Evidence of any additional financial support that may be necessary to complete the programme.
  • A curriculum vitae.