SA-CDR DAAD Scholarship for Masters in Development Studies in South Africa 2022

The SA-German Centre for Development Research offers generous two-year DAAD merit scholarships for Masters degrees (MA or MEcon) in Development Studies at the ISD (Institute for Social Development), School of Government, University of the Western Cape in Cape Town in 2022

The MA in Development Studies is designed for those planning a career in the field of economic and social development as policy-makers, activists, administrators, developers, researchers or teachers at universities.

The School of Government is committed to supporting the training and research needs of community-based organisations, non-governmental organisations, trade unions and other institutions of the wider South African Society, to help the development of a balance between the state and civil society.

Worth of Award

  • Scholarships include monthly allowances of 650 Euro plus travel allowances for Master candidates and 900 Euro plus travel allowances for PhD candidates.
  • Tuition and registration fees are covered by the Scholarship Programme.


  • Applicants should be from Sub-Sahara Africa
  • Applicants should have an outstanding academic record – at least 70% average- for your last degree
  • The study must have been completed at an internationally recognised university
  • The previous degree should have been an academic discipline which is related to public administration
  • South African students are required to have an honours degree in order to be admitted to a Masters degree course. Other students need the equivalent of a 4-year undergraduate degree.
  • Applicants must provide evidence of proficiency in English, both written and spoken. This can be a TOEFL test or a similar standard test or a letter from an academic institution
  • Work and/or voluntary experience in your field of interest would be a recommendation
  • 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
  • South African students are encouraged to apply
  • Applicants must be able to study fulltime at the UWC for the required period.
  • Candidates for the MA and M Econ in Development Studies, as well as PhD candidates, can submit their scholarship application without needing to apply for admission at UWC. If they are awarded a scholarship, or if they intend to finance themselves, they may apply for admission through the online application procedure
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How to Apply

You have to fill in an online application form, The e-form can only be submitted ONCE, so please make sure that your application is complete before submitting it!!!

As you will have to upload certain documents, documents, as follows, can already be prepared:t

  • a letter of application, motivating your application,
  • a copy of your passport
  • a CV, also indicating relevant work experience as an intern or an employee: Please use the Europass CV form
  • an academic transcript from your last university,
  • certified copies of all academic certificates,
  • an academic reference and if applicable a professional reference. In case that referees want to send the reference independently, they should send it to [email protected], indicating the applicant’s name.
  • MA applicants will have to write a one-page paper about 1 topic.
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Please prepare as well

  • a certified copy of your identification document
  • a certified copy of your matric certificate
  • Moreover, certificates and transcripts that are in another language other than English or Afrikaans must be submitted together with an English translation thereof that has been certified by a Public Notary

Deadline: Applications close on  June 21, 2021. Applicants will be notified about the selection outcome around mid-August.


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