Call for Applications

4 Apr 2018 - 13:30

Call for applications for participants to attend

3-14 September 2018
Johannesburg, South Africa

The 12th edition of the African Programme on Rethinking Development Economics (APORDE) will be held in Johannesburg (South Africa) from 3-14 September 2018.
APORDE is a high-level training programme in development economics which aims to build capacity in economics and economic policymaking. The course is run for two weeks and consists of lectures and seminars taught by leading international and African economists. This call is directed at talented African, Asian and Latin American economists, policymakers, academics and civil society activists who, if selected, will be fully funded to participate in the course.

Please note that we receive many high quality applications and that, as a result, entry into APORDE will be very competitive (only 25 applicants will be selected). It is therefore important that applicants complete and submit all the required documentation.

APORDE is an initiative of the Department of Trade and Industry with the support of the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). Previous APORDE lecturers include among others the internationally renowned economist Ha-Joon Chang (University of Cambridge) as well as leading lecturers from SOAS and Cambridge University.

For more information and background read here - or download PDF - APORDE Call for applications 2018.

Application Process

Applicants must demonstrate first-class intellectual capacity and (at least some) prior knowledge in economics/political economy, as well as proficiency in English. The objective of APORDE is to attract participants from a broad range of backgrounds and preference will be given to persons who have demonstrated exceptional capacity in their professional experience.

The main body of participants will be drawn from Africa, but we welcome applications from Asians, Middle Easterns and Latin Americans who have research or work experience related to Africa.

Prospective applicants can go to the APORDE website and follow the link to the application forms - or access here Application form.

Please note that in addition to completing the online form, you have to complete and upload the application form in a word format.

The following documents should be prepared to upload:

  • An official transcript (showing courses taken and grades obtained)
  • A certificate of the highest qualification
  • A recent curriculum vitae not exceeding 5 pages in length
  • 2 (two) letters of reference, where possible 1 academic referee and 1 professional
  • For those whose main medium of instruction or work is not English, some proof of English proficiency will be necessary. Results of Standard English proficiency tests (e.g. TOEFL or IELTS) will be preferable, but other proof may also be accepted (e.g. a sample of written work in English).
  • The word format of the application form which you will find on the APORDE web page.

The application will be closed on Monday 28 May 2018 at 9 o’clock in the morning, Johannesburg time. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Candidates will be notified by e-mail of the outcome of their applications at the latest by the 25 June 2018.

Should you have any queries, please contact Christian Kabongo