The School of Architecture and Planning, Wits University, Johannesburg in South Africa is inviting applications for the Wits-TUB Urban Lab Interdisciplinary Bilateral Masters Scholarship in 2021.

The master’s scholarships apply to the following 1-year full time (January – December 2021) degree at Wits University in Johannesburg, supported by a bilateral programme with TU Berlin:

  • Master of Urban Studies in the field of Urban Management – MUS (UM)

For all applicants whose last highest degree was not obtained in South Africa, a proof of application for assessment of their degrees by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) must be attached to the scholarship application. (More info under the link below).


The scholarship programme includes a joint Wits-TU Berlin summer school week in Johannesburg in which students from TU Berlin will join the cohort at Wits University. The scholarship programme focuses on four innovation areas which address SDG implementation in urban areas:

  • Politics and policy of the urban
  • Understanding complex urban systems
  • Managing change processes
  • Co-producing knowledge between theory and practice.

Worth of Award

The scholarship includes:

  • Full tuition fee
  • Monthly stipend (living expenses including subsistence expenses, accommodation, other costs)
  • Travel from the home country/place of origin.
  • The master’s scholarship covers the duration of one academic year. Successful candidates will be expected to sign a contract stipulating the conditions of the scholarship.


Scholarships are open to:

  • Citizens from countries in sub-Saharan Africa other than South Africa
  • Applicants must possess the requisite qualifications for admission into the respective master programme.
  • Award of the scholarships is by merit and to some extent distribution across the continent and gender balance.
  • There is no age limit applying to the scholarships for study purposes.
  • However, at the time of the application, no more than 6 years should have passed since an applicant graduated from his/her previous honours or master studies.
  • All scholarship applicants must have made a complete application for admission to the relevant degree (as per list below) at Wits University and be in possession of a ‘person number’ which is issued by Wits University upon application for admission into a degree.

How to Apply

  • This is a separate application in addition to the Degree Programme application outlined in the website.
  • Once an application for admission into the degree has been submitted, the candidate can proceed to complete the bursary application form which is either attached or can
    be downloaded from the website.
  • Applications not using this form, or not adhering to its instructions will
    not be considered.
  • The ‘person number’ that is issued once you apply for admission to a masters degree at
    Wits University must be included in this form. Forms without the ‘person number’ will not be considered.


Application deadline for admission: June 30, 2020

Application deadline for scholarships: July 31, 2020


Click here for more details and to apply