DAAD PhD Scholarships at the Wits-TUB-UNILAG Lab in South Africa 2021

Wits University in Johannesburg is offering DAAD PhD Scholarships in Urban Management
for candidates from sub-Saharan Africa in the 2021/22 academic session.

The Wits-TUB-UNILAG Urban Lab programme supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) seeks to improve graduate education in urban fields across Sub-Saharan Africa. It is one of seven SDG Graduate Schools funded by the DAAD worldwide. The lead partners, the Habitat Unit at Technische Universität Berlin and the School of Architecture and Planning at Wits University in Johannesburg and the University of Lagos, collaborate in the offering of an urban-oriented graduate training and capacity building programme at Wits University that seeks to effectively address the challenges and needs of modern urban studies.

Successful PhD candidates will be based in the School of Architecture and Planning at Wits University. The school has a structured PhD offering. This will include regular support and networking activities for enrolled PhD students in the school.

Worth of Award

The scholarship includes:

  • Full tuition fee,
  • Monthly stipend (living expenses covering:
  • subsistence expenses and accommodation expenses),
  • Travel from home country/place of origin,
  • Student medical aid (12 months),
  • Visa fees and related costs.


  • The programme is interdisciplinary, but they place a special emphasis on a portfolio that is inter-and transdisciplinary, cutting across the fields of development planning, housing, sustainable urban development, urban management, and
    urban design.
  • Candidates in architecture and urban planning as well as in the humanities, cultural studies, urban geography, or social sciences with a focus on urban studies and planning as well as candidates in related fields such as landscape
    architecture are also welcome to apply.
  • Only South African citizens and citizens of other African countries can apply.
  • Applicants must hold a master’s degree that is equivalent to a master’s degree (NQF level 9) in the South African Qualification System (SAQA).
  • They must also meet the PhD admission requirements of the School, which include proven ability of excellent academic writing in English, and an academic transcript at masters level with marks averaging at least at 70%.
  • The programme language is English. Proficiency in any other language necessary for their proposed geographic location of their fieldwork is recommended.
  • 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 master studies.
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How to Apply

  • 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 their website
  • Applications not using this form, or not adhering to its instructions will not be considered.0
  • – Please send the completed application form to the following email address:
    [email protected]
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Deadline: Applications are being accepted until  August 31, 2021. Applicants with non-South Africa university qualifications must keep the pre-screening deadline of 31 May 2021 in mind.


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