South African-German Centre for Development Research Scholarships 2019/2020 (Funded)

South African-German Centre for Development Research Scholarships 2019/2020 (Funded)

Deadline: July 15, 2019

Applications for the South African-German Centre for Development Research Scholarships 2019/2020 are open. For applicants from Sub-Saharan African countries with an excellent academic record the DRD offers a limited number of DAAD merit scholarships per year.

Scholarships are available for full-time students of

  • The MA in Development Studies
  • The Master in Public Administration
  • The MA in Development Management
  • The different PhD options at the centre (PhD UWC)


  • 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% for your last degree
  • Applicants should apply within 6 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 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 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.

Scholarship applicants are advised to carefully read about the specific entry requirements and course application procedure of the programme of their choice. The information is available from the respective programmes sections.


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

  • A letter of application
  • A CV: Please use the europass CV form available here
  • 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 3 different topics, available in the “How to apply” section of each Master Programme
  • PhD applicants don’t write an essay, but are asked to submit a 5 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. A list of topics is given in the PhD section.
  • Additional one signed reference (academic) (and one professional if applicable) have to be uploaded to the e-form. Only if referees don’t want you to submit the reference yourself, the reference can be send by the referee directly to [email protected], indicating the applicant’s name
  • 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 (
  • They are unfortunately not able to engage in extended correspondence with applicants
  • For applicants of the MPA, the MA in Development Studies as well as PhD candidates there are no open Calls in 2018.
  • For additional information on the courses or on registration please write to:
    • [email protected] for the MA and M Econ or PhD in Development Studies and to
    • [email protected] on the MPA course or an PhD in Public Administration or Governance.
    • Britta Niklas for the Master of Arts in Development Management (Bochum Programme)

For more information, visit SA-GER CDR Scholarships.