The DRD-DAAD fully-funded scholarships are now open to students from Sub-Saharan Africa countries with an excellent academic record to study at a German or South African University for a master’s or a PhD. The Development Research Division offers a limited number of DAAD merit scholarships per year.

Eligible Courses

Scholarships are available for new full-time students applying to one of the following programmes:

  • MA in Development Studies (deadline July 31, 2015)
  • Master in Public Administration (deadline July 31, 2015)
  • MA in Development Management (Bochum Programme – December 31, 2015 deadline)
  • different PhD options at the centre (deadline July 31, 2015

Worth of Award

  • Scholarships include monthly allowances of 650 Euro plus travel allowances for Master candidates,
  • 900 Euro plus travel allowances for PhD candidates.


  • Applicants should be from Sub-Sahara Africa
  • Applicants should have an outstanding academic record – at least 70% for your last degree
  • Applicants should apply within 3 years of having completed their previous degree
  • The study must have been completed at an internationally recognised university
  • The previous degree (Baccalaureus or Master) should have been an academic discipline which is related to Development Studies or Public Administration
  • South African students are required to have an honours degree in order to be admitted to a master’s 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 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
  • 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.

How to Apply

  • Applicants will have to fill in an electronic application form (on-line see link below)
  • Applications not using this e-form can’t be considered!

Documents that have to be uploaded when using the e-form are:

  • a letter of application
  • a CV,
  • an academic transcript from your last university
  • certified copies of all academic certificates
  • MA applicants will have to write a one page paper about 1 of the following 4 topics:
  • François Bourguignon, a former Chief Economist of the World Bank referred to the “poverty growth inequality triangle”: Discuss this comment, critically evaluating the role of inequality in the current study of development in Africa.
  • Write critically on perceptions about governance in Sub Saharan Africa.
  • It has been claimed that climate change could potentially interrupt progress toward a world without hunger. Consider the evidence for this claim and discuss how climate change might impact on food security.
  • Discuss the relationship between social movements and civil society in a specific SSA country of your choice.
  •  PhD applicants are asked to also submit a 6 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.
  • Additional to the e-form, two signed references (one academic, one professional) are independently to be submitted via email to [email protected]. REFERENCES not being submitted TO THIS EMAIL address CAN’T BE CONSIDERED!!!
  • Candidates for the Masters Programme in Public Administration (MPA), the MA in Development Studies as well as PhD candidates in the fields of Governance, Public Policy, Public Management or Development Studies 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.

Do you still have questions about applying? Contact an appropriate person for further information:

Deadline: Closing date for scholarship applications is July 31, 2015. Applicants will be informed about their applications by the August 31, 2015.

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