Center for Development Research DAAD Scholarship for PhD Students in South Africa 2020
The Centre for Development Research offers generous three-year DAAD merit scholarships for PhD students in Development Studies, Public Policy or Public Administration at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town in 2020.
Successful applicants will study at the UWC but will also have the option to take part in courses at the IEE, the Institute for Development Research and Development Policy at the Ruhr-University, Bochum in Germany, the academic partner of UWC.
Worth of Award
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
- The study must have been completed at an internationally recognised university
- The previous degree should have been an academic discipline which is related to development or public administration
- South African students are required to have achieved at least an average of 70% (or an upper 2nd class) in previous postgraduate studies at the Masters or equivalent level.
- 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
- Applicants should preferably have been involved in development organisations, as interns, volunteers or employees
- There is no formal age restriction, but applicants should apply within three years of completing their previous degree, unless they have a good reason for having been academically inactive for a period
- 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.
- PhD candidates 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
How to Apply
The following documents are required and must be uploaded to an electronic-application form.
- A letter of application, motivating why you are applying for the scholarship
- A copy of your passport
- A CV
- An academic transcript from your last university
- certified copies of all academic certificates (in case that the graduation takes place only after the deadline expired, please submit a letter from the respective authorities to certify, that the graduation will take place until end of 2019)
- At least one academic reference letter and if applicable, as well one professional reference letter (if referees insist on sending the references themselves, they have to send it to firstname.lastname@example.org, indicating the name of the applicant!)
- A research proposal of your PhD project
- Preference is given to PhD applicants who intend to do research on one of the following topics:
- Poverty and inequality
- Rural and urban livelihoods
- Food security
- Governance in Africa, at different levels
- Social movements
- Citizenship and democracy
- Capabilities and human development
- Different social policy applications
- The online application form can only be submitted ONCE, so please make sure that your application is complete before submitting it!!!
- Wherever possible, please have all documents verified by a Commissioner of Oaths.
- Relevant documents have to be scanned and saved in formats as indicated in the electronical application form.
Deadline: Applications close on June 30, 2019.