Wits-TUB Urban Lab Masters Scholarship to Study at School of Architecture and Planning, Wits University 2019

Wits-TUB Urban Lab Masters Scholarship to Study at School of Architecture and Planning, Wits University 2019

Deadline: September 30, 2018

Applications are open for the Wits-TUB Urban Lab Interdisciplinary Bilateral Postgraduate Studies Programme. Five Masters scholarships are available for studies in the School of Architecture and Planning, Wits University, Johannesburg, January 2019 – December 2019.

The bilateral Wits-TUB 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. Both lead partners, the Habitat Unit at the School of Architecture of the Technische Universität Berlin, and the School of Architecture and Planning at University of the Witwatersrand offer a new urban-oriented graduate and postgraduate training and capacity building programme that would effectively address the challenges and needs outlined above.

About the Programme

The programme includes bilateral exchange activities, workshops and conferences implemented through the Wits-TUB Urban Lab and will focus on four innovation areas that address SDG implementation in urban areas:

  • Politics and policy of the urban
  • Understanding complex urban systems • Managing change processes
  • Coproducing knowledge between theory and practice (Wits-TUB Urban Studio)

The scholarship recipients will benefit from guest lectures, joint supervision scheme and a summer school at Wits University.

Masters Scholarships

The masters scholarships apply to the following 1 year full time degrees at Wits University in Johannesburg, supported by a bilateral programme with TU Berlin:

  • MSc Development Planning (MSc DP)
  • Master of Urban Studies in the field of Sustainable Energy Efficient Cities – MUS (SEEC)
  • Master of Urban Studies in the field of Housing and Human Settlements – MUS (HHS)
  • Master of Urban Studies in the field of Urban Politics and Governance (MUS – UPG)
  • Master of Urban Studies in the field of Urban Management – MUS (US)

Value of Scholarship

The masters scholarship covers the duration of one academic year. Successful candidates will be expected to sign a contract stipulating the conditions of the scholarship.

The scholarship includes:

  • Full tuition fee
  • Monthly stipend (living expenses including: subsistence expences, accommodation, other costs)
  • Travel from home country/ place of origin is covered.
  • Costs of Summer/Spring School in Berlin


  • Scholarships are open to :
    • South African citizens
    • Citizens from other countries in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Applicants must possess the requisite qualifications to be granted the scholarship
  • 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 bachelor or master studies.
  • All scholarship applicants must have applied for admission to the relevant degree (as per above list) 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 to the Degree Programmes:

  • Every applicant has to fill in the first basic application form before they can access the full form. The whole application process (including online access to the application form) is found here.
  • The University of the Witwatersrand is an English medium university. International students from non-English speaking countries must provide proof of English proficiency. Please refer to the URL above for further information.
  • Applications for admission to postgraduate degrees at Wits University for South African and international students for study in 2018 close 30 September 2018. The ‘person number’ provided upon application for admission must be included in the scholarship application form.
  • Applicants whose previous degrees were obtained at a university outside South Africa must have their qualifications evaluated by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). This process may happen in parallel to submission of an application for admission.
  • Each degree has a particular requirement regarding admission assignment and/or motivation letter and CV.
  • Once admitted for their degree, international students will apply for a study visa from the South African consulate or embassy in their country. This process must be started as soon as an admission letter is issued.

How to apply for scholarship:

  • This is a separate application in addition to the Degree Programme application outlined above.
  • 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 here.
  • 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. Applications not using this form, or not adhering to its instructions will not be considered.
  • Only scholarship applications of those whose applications for admission into the degree was successful will be considered.
  • The closing date for submitting applications for the bursary is 30 September 2018 (i.e. the same date as the closing date for applications for admission into the degrees). Only candidates whose applications for admission are complete by this date will be considered for the scholarship.
  • The University reserves the right not to make not to make all or to make no scholarship awards.

Please send the completed application form to the following email address: [email protected].

Application results will be announced in October 2018.

For more information, visit Wits-TUB Urban Lab.