January 6, 2013

Economic Research Southern Africa (ERSA) Scholarships for Postgraduate South African Students

Economic Research Southern Africa (ERSA) Scholarships

Course(s) Offered: Economics, related fields
Course Level: Graduate (masters, doctoral)
Provider: Economic Research Southern Africa
Country to Study in: South Africa

Scholarship Description
Economic Research Southern Africa (ERSA) seeks to build long-term excellence in research and policy analysis in the field of economics. Academic excellence in economics is therefore a necessary criterion for eligibility. Applicants must provide a convincing demonstration of the ability to succeed in a credible postgraduate programme in economics.

Students will be required to work in South Africa as economists for a period of one year after obtaining the master’s degree. ERSA scholarship holders will be expected to attend the ERSA workshop programmes in the research groups that are relevant to their area of specialisation.

ERSA is a research programme which is funded by the National Treasury of South Africa. ERSA is funding post-graduate scholarships for masters or doctoral study in economics in 2013.

Any South African citizen who obtained an average of 70 per cent in the degree preceding the master’s for which the scholarship is awarded, and who has shown academic excellence in economic studies. Priority will be given to designated groups.

Selection Criteria:
The procedure of students’ selection is oriented to academic excellence and ability to do research in economics in a relevant field of study in South Africa.

Eligible groups
Only South African citizens are eligible to apply

Participating Institutions
All approved South African institutions of higher learning. Scholarships can be utilised at the South African institution of choice of the scholarship winner.

All institutions of higher learning in South Africa are encouraged to participate in the scholarship programme, including but not limited to proposing their best students for the scholarships.

Fields of study
Master’s degree in Economics

Number of awards
Ten (10) scholarships are available to full-time students

Sponsorship duration
Funding is awarded for a duration of One (1) year

Scholarship benefits
Each scholarship, valued at R80 000, is awarded to full-time students enrolled for a master’s degree in Economics.

Funding will be disbursed to successful candidates as follows:
  • R70000 upon written proof of acceptance to the relevant programme at the institution of choice.
  • R10000 upon submission of the final dissertation to the ERSA working paper series. Standard quality verification processes will apply. Ratification of compliance with the requirement of a suitable paper submission is solely at the discretion of the ERSA Scholarship Committee.
Method of Application
Please send your application to: “The ERSA scholarship programme”, for attention:

Ms Yoemna Mosaval

Email address: Scholarships@econrsa.org

The application pack should include all of the following:
  • CV
  • Details of the intended programme to be studied.
  • University where the studies will take place, as well as proof of acceptance.
  • Certified transcript of marks obtained during university study – for all years, including the most recently completed semester of study.
  • An essay of between 300 and 500 words outlining your intended direction of research, and why ERSA should consider you for the bursary above other applicants.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The Scholarship Application Deadline date is 31st January 2013.

Applicants will be subject to a short-listing process. Finalists for the scholarships may be invited for an interview for final selection.

Shortlisted candidates will be notified at the end of February 2013.

Upon completion of the degree, scholarship holders will be required to submit a paper, based on the dissertation component of their degree, to the ERSA Working Paper series. Publication will be subject to standard quality verification standards.

Application Deadline: 31 January 2013
Open to International students: No (ONLY South Africans)

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