The Founders' Medals

The Founders' Medals were instituted to commemorate the work of Professor HES Freemantle, Professor RA Lehfeldt and Mr CW Pearsall, through whose efforts the Economic Society of South Africa was founded in 1925. The purpose of the awards is to encourage research in the field of economics in South Africa and to recognise economic research of outstanding quality conducted at a South African university. All areas of economics are eligible.

An adjudicator (or adjudicating panel) is appointed annually by the Council of the Society. The adjudicator's reports and recommendations are submitted to the Council, who awards the medals.


Rules for Founders’ Medals

Click here to download a letter about the 2015 entries.

1. FOUNDERS’ MEDAL FOR DOCTOR’S DEGREE THESIS

Click here to download a list of the Founders' medal for Doctor's degree thesis winners.

2. FOUNDERS' MEDAL FOR MASTER'S RESEARCH PAPER (10 000 words excluding references; tables etc. A word count must be included on the title page.)

Click here to download a list of the Founders' medal for Master's degree long dissertation winners.

Click here to download a list of the Founders' medal for Master's degree short dissertation winners.

3. FOUNDERS' MEDAL FOR HONOURS RESEARCH PAPER (8 000 words excluding references; tables etc. A word count must be included on the title page.)

Click here to download a list of the Founders' medal for Honours degree essay winners.


The Council of the Economic Society of South Africa invites you to make submissions for the awards listed above on behalf of your department or school. The intention of the awards is to give recognition to economic research of outstanding merit. The winners will be announced at the August/September 2017 Conference in Grahamstown.

Please note that the ESSA Council has updated the rules that govern the Founders' Medal awards. The updated rules as well as a copy of this e-mail (in letter format) are attached for your convenience.

The candidate's promoter/supervisor should submit a formal recommendation why the thesis/research paper should be considered for the award. A copy of the final results as published by the university indicating that the candidate has successfully completed the requirements of the degree must be attached to the formal recommendation. The publication date of the results must fall in the competition period – for 2017 the competition ends on Friday 31 March.

A PhD thesis becomes eligible for submission from the date of the formal results of the university stating that the candidate has completed all the stipulated requirements of the degree, and remains eligible until the next closing date of the competition. The competition period is from the 1st of April 2016 up to the 31st of March 2017. The closing date for the submission of the thesis is normally the first working day of April each year. For example, a department wishing to submit the thesis of a student who successfully completed the requirements of the degree on 30 June would submit the thesis by the first working day of April of the following year. The submission date is Thursday the 13th of April 2017 .

A masters/ honours research paper becomes eligible for submission from the date of the formal results of the university stating that the candidate has completed all the stipulated requirements of the degree, and remains eligible until the next closing date of the competition. The competition period is from the 1st of April 2016 up to the 31st of March 2017. The closing date for submission of a research paper is the last working day of May each year. For example, a department wishing to submit the research paper of a student who successfully completed the requirements of the degree on 30 June would submit the research paper by the last working day of May of the following year. The two month difference between the end of the competition period and the submission date of the research paper is to allow the candidate time to prepare the research paper according to the prescribed format by the SAJE.

The submission date is Wednesday the 31st of May 2017.

An electronic copy (no hard copy required!), in PDF format, must be submitted to Titia Antonites via e-mail at saje@up.ac.za, and must be accompanied by a letter (in PDF format) from the supervisor(s) motivating the submission and providing the supervisor's contact details. The motivating letter should clearly indicate in which category the submission is being entered. A formal letter (in PDF format) of the university must be attached stipulating that the candidate has successfully completed all the requirements of the degree.

Please note submissions exceeding the word count will be rejected forfeiting entry fees paid.

There is a submission fee for each entry, as follows:


Submission fee per submission:

Doctoral thesis: R1000

Master research paper: R400

Honours research paper: R300


Bank details:

Account name: Economic Society of South Africa

Account number: 6212 5954 281

Account type: Current (cheque)

Bank: First National Bank

Branch: Hatfield (Pretoria)

Branch code: 252145

NB: Please confirm payment details with Titia Antonites via e-mail saje@up.ac.za. Also, the banking reference should have a clear description, e.g. ESSA prize and name of institution.

Enquiries should be directed to me.

With kind regards,

Le Roux Burrows

Secretary: The Economic Society of South Africa
Economics Department
Stellenbosch University
Private Bag X1
MATIELAND
7602
SOUTH AFRICA
Tel: +27-21-808 2243
Fax: +27-21-808 4637
E-Mail: LRB@SUN.AC.ZA