APPLY NOW: Bursaries for 2022 (Honours, Masters and PhD)

25 May 2021 - 11:30

Applications are invited from South African citizens to apply for post-graduate bursaries broadly within the fields of poverty, inequality, and labour markets. In general however, students wishing to undertake their thesis or long paper broadly within an applied economics area are encouraged to apply.  Examples of the themes that would be of interest include:

  • Poverty, inequality and Inclusive Economic Growth;
  • The impact of social grants on economic growth, poverty and inequality in South Africa;
  • The role of the informal economy in engendering a more equitable growth path for South Africa;
  • The relationship between schooling inputs and measured outcomes within South Africa;
  • Economic Complexity, structural transformation, and employment creation;
  • The impact of technology and the fourth industrial revolution on the South African labour market;
  • Wage polarisation and/or job polarisation and wage inequality;
  • The impact of the national minimum wage in South Africa, and more generally the impact of minimum wages in a developing country context;
  • Matching youth to jobs in urban South Africa;
  • Identification of skills gaps in the labour market;
  • Analysis of skills and occupation in the South African informal sector;
  • Analysis of South African wage trends;
  • Africa’s jobs challenge and youth unemployment.

These bursaries will be awarded on a competitive basis, accounting for both equity and academic excellence.  Preference will be given to students from previously disadvantaged backgrounds.

Read the full invitation document here.

How to Apply:

Deadline for applications:

Applicants are encouraged to complete their online submission by 20th June 2021 to allow for administrative processing, however the official UCT closing dates are:

  • First-time applications masters and doctoral: 2nd July 2021
  • Honours applications:  1st November 2021

Additional information is available in the following documents:

For any specific queries, please contact Ms Wadia Naidoo via email: or tel: 021 650 5022.