DRD Scholarships for Sub-Saharan African Students in South Africa, 2014/15

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Development Research Division (DRD) of the African Excellence Centre at UWC is offering scholarships for Sub-Saharan African students. The scholarships are awarded for pursuing master’s program in Development Studies, Public Administration or Development Management and PhD in International Development Studies and in other subjects available at UWC. Scholarships include monthly allowances of 650 Euro plus travel allowances for Master candidates and 900 Euro plus travel allowances for PhD candidates.

Study Subject(s): Scholarships are offered to study the following courses: MA and M Econ in Development Studies, Master in Public Administration, MA in Development Management (Bochum Programme), PhD in International Development Studies (PhD IDS) and PhD Options at UWC, South Africa.
Course Level: Scholarships are available for pursuing master’s and PhD degree at UWC in Cape Town.
Scholarship Provider: Development Research Division of the African Excellence Centre at UWC in Cape Town, South Africa
Scholarship can be taken at: South Africa

Eligibility: Scholarship applicants are adviced to carefully read about the specific entry requirements and course application procedure of the programme of their choice. The information is available from the respective programmes sections.In addition to programme requirements, all applicants have to meet the following requirements:

  • Applicants should be from Sub-Sahara Africa
  • Applicants should have achieved a first or upper second class for their previous course of study
  • The study must have been completed at an accredited University
  • The previous degree should have been an academic discipline which is related to developement, such as economics, sociology, social anthropology, agriculture, statistics, etc.
  • South African students are required to have an honours degree in order to be admitted to a Masters degree course
  • Applicants must provide evidence of proficiency in English, both written and spoken. This can be TOEFL test or a similar standard test or a letter from an academic institution
  • Applicants should preferably have been involved in development organisations, as interns, volunteers or employees
  • There is no formal age restriction, but applicants should apply within three years of completing their previous degree, unless they have a good reason for having been academically inactive for a period
  • Women are encouraged to apply
  • Applicants must be able to study fulltime at the UWC for the required period.

Scholarship Open for Students of Following Countries: Students of Sub-Saharan Africa (Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo (Brazzaville), Congo DRC (Zaire), Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissaau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Reunion, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe) can apply for these DRD scholarships.

Scholarship Description: For applicants from Sub-Saharan African countries with an excellent academic record the DRD offers a limited number of DAAD merit scholarships per year.

Number of award(s): Limited number of DAAD merit scholarships are offered.

What does it cover? Scholarships include monthly allowances of 650 Euro plus travel allowances for Master candidates and 900 Euro plus travel allowances for PhD candidates.

Selection Criteria: These DRD scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.

Notification: Applicants will be notified about the selection outcome within 4 weeks after the expriation of the application deadline and MA in Development Management (Applicants will be notified about the selection outcome and the outcome of scholarship applications by end of January 2015).

How to Apply: Candidates can submit their scholarship application before they register with UWC through the online application procedure. Please submit

  • a letter of application
  • the DRD-SA application form 
  • school leaving certificates
  • a CV,
  • an academic transcript from your last university
  • certified copies of all academic certificates
  • two signed academic references, that are independently submitted to email.
  • PhD applicants are asked to also submit a 6-8 page proposal on the research they would want to undertake for the thesis. This should include their research question, the research methodology and a (provisional) theoretical framework.
    Scholarship submissions should be made to Hard copies may be submitted by post.

Scholarship Application Deadline: For applicants of the MPA, the MA Econ in Development Studies as well as PhD candidates scholarship applications’ deadline is 31st July 2014 and for MA in Development Management: deadline for the 2015 intake will be 31 December 2014.

Further Official Scholarship Information and Application

Development Research Division of the African Excellence Centre at UWC in Cape Town, South Africa