Apply for the KAS-UMU Scholarship Programme 2017 (fully funded)

Apply for the KAS-UMU Scholarship Programme 2017 (fully funded)

Deadline: May 14, 2017

Applications are ongoing for the KAS-UMU Scholarship Programme 2017. The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) and Uganda Martyrs University (UMU) introduced a scholarship programme, through which talented young scholars have been enabled to pursue degrees in higher education at the Department of Development Studies and, since 2004 at the newly established Department of Good Governance and Peace Studies. The aim of the programme is to to enable future leaders to attain higher qualifications in the areas of governance, human rights, and democracy promotion to become drivers for positive change in their communities and their country. During the course of the programme many students from Uganda, and more recently also from South Sudan, have been able to benefit from the support given by KAS and are gradually developing a strong alumni network.

The scholarships are for Bachelor and Masters degree programmes in four disciplines, namely:

  • Local Governance and Human Rights (Bachelor and Masters Degree);
  • Democracy and Development Studies (Bachelor Degree);
  • Development Studies (Masters Degree);
  • Research and Public Policy (Masters Degree).

Benefits/Scholarship package

  • For successful candidates, the scholarship shall cover the cost of tuition and the residential workshops as charged by the university. The student is expected on his/her own or through other sources to meet the cost of transport, books, research and other expenses on the study;
  • Successful candidates from South Sudan shall have the cost for international air or bus tickets to Uganda as well as their visa for the residential workshops covered under the scholarship. The student shall however still meet all costs of inland travel either in Uganda or South Sudan.


  • Applicants must be citizens of either Uganda or South Sudan and should not be more than 30 years for bachelors programmes, and 35 years for masters programmes;
  • Applicants must have proof of academic excellence in previous levels of education;
  • Applicants shall provide a motivational letter indicating why they desire to undertake the particular course; applicants holding leadership positions or portray potential for future leadership may have an added advantage;
  • Current or past employment in relevant programme areas and/or engagement in social, developmental and/or political sphere(s) may be an additional advantage;
  • Priority will be given to applicants with genuine financial needs.

Continuing students are eligible to apply if they fulfil the above criteria. Future students can apply for scholarships even before they are admitted, but a scholarship may only be granted after confirmation of admission at UMU.

Application requirements

  • A personal statement (letter of motivation) providing the following information:
    • An explanation of the reason for applying for financial support from KAS
    • A statement of the applicant’s academic goals and interests
    • A description of the relevant work experience (or social political engagements) related to the chosen programme of study
    • An outline of the applicant’s career objectives and how the study programme will help in the achievement of these goals
  • A complete and up-to-date curriculum vitae (maximum 2 pages);
  • Copies of relevant transcripts from schools or universities;
  • Proof of admission to UMU or evidence of having applied for any of the programmes under the scholarship scheme;
  • Two letters from referees (professional or academic), signed and sealed.

Complete Applications should be addressed to:

The Country Representative Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and be delivered as follows:

Complete applications must include all the above stated requirements. Applications missing any of the requirements will not be considered.

For more information, visit KAS-UMU Scholarship Programme.