2015 African Economic Research Consortium PhD Thesis Research Awards (US$USD 6,000)

Application Deadline: July 31st 2015

Each year African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) offers a limited number of awards with a maximum value of US$6,000 towards PhD thesis research.


To be eligible for consideration,

  • The request 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.

Application Processing:

  • 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.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the AERC PhD Thesis Research Awards


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