Application Procedure

ERSA is funding post-graduate scholarships for master’s study in economics in 2016.

Each scholarship will be worth R80 000 per annum, with funding awarded to full time students for:

  • 1 year of a master’s program

Eligibility for scholarships will be determined as follows:

  • 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 post-graduate programme in economics.
  • A minimum requirement is a pass at 70% in the degree preceding that for which the scholarship application is being submitted.
  • Students from designated groups will receive prioritisation.
  • Only South African citizens are eligible to apply.

Key procedural considerations are as follows:

  • Applicants will be subject to a short-listing process. Finalists for the scholarships may be invited for an interview for final selection.
  • Scholarships can be utilised at the South African institution of choice of the scholarship winner.
  • Students will be required to work in South Africa as economists for a period of one year after obtaining their master’s degree.
  • 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.
  • Selection of scholarship holders will be through a panel of economists identified and appointed by the ERSA Academic Committee.
  • ERSA scholarship holders studying in South Africa will be expected to attend the ERSA workshop programmes in the research groups that are relevant to their area of specialisation. For more information on these research groups, see
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be notified by 1 February 2017.
  • Failure to comply with all the terms governing ERSA scholarship funding and or failure to complete the study programme will open scholarship holders to the possibility of having to repay the scholarship funding.

How to apply:

Please send your application to: “The ERSA scholarship programme”, for attention:

Ms Yoemna Mosaval

Email address: Scholarships [at]

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.

Closing date: 31 December 2016