Economic research

PhD from the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC). 2022/2023 scholarships for young Africans

Application deadline: July 31, 2022

Applications are invited from qualified and motivated applicants for a PhD program in the field of Economics. This programme, supported by the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), combines the traditional doctoral structure at the School of Economic and Finance (SEF) and a partnership with other universities in Africa. It offers rigorous and competitive training leading to a PhD in Economics at the University of the Witwatersrand.

During the program, candidates will have the opportunity to learn collaboratively with students from other degree-granting universities in Africa, both on our campus and in a joint facility for elective courses in Nairobi, Kenya. The program spans four years and includes training in core subjects, electives, thesis proposal, fieldwork, and thesis preparation and defense. Students will spend time at the University of Cape Town and Nairobi, Kenya for coursework and then at WITS for their thesis.

A limited number of full scholarships will be offered competitively to applicants from the Sub-Saharan Africa region. Applicants from the SADC region are therefore encouraged to apply.



  • A Masters degree in Economics or equivalent qualification from Wits University or another university.

Application procedure:

You must send the required documents to Mrs. Kamo Nhlapo. Please send him any questions.

The following supporting documents should be emailed to Mrs. Kamo Nhlapo – [email protected]

  1. Copies of your diplomas
  2. Copies of ALL academic transcripts
  3. SAQA Assessment (This is an assessment performed by the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA) on all international qualifications – application details available at If you don’t have a SAQA now, be sure to start the application process right away.
  4. Proof of English proficiency (if the qualification was obtained at an institution where the language of instruction was not English)
  5. Curriculum vitae
  6. Cover letter
  7. A brief proposal (5-10 pages) outlining your research interest

For more information:

Visit the official webpage of the AERC Ph.D. Scholarships 2022/2023