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The Sub-Saharan African DRD Scholarships for International Student, 2019


Host Institution(s):

University of the Western Cape, South Africa/Ruhr-Univeristy Bochum, Germany


Field of study:

Scholarships are available for full-time students of:

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

• the MA in Development Management (Bochum Programme, next deadline 30 November 2019 – separate online application platform, access and guidelines via “How to apply” section of the Bochum programme or via the course homepage)


Number of Awards:



Masters/PhD Degree


Deadline: 30 June/30 Nov 2019 (annual)
Study in:  South Africa/Germany
Course starts Jan-May 2020


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Brief description:

The DRD offers a limited number of DAAD merit scholarships per year for applicants from Sub-Saharan African countries with an excellent academic record, to pursue development-related Masters and PhD studies.


Target group:

The scholarships are intended for nationals of Sub-saharan African countries.


Scholarship value/inclusions:

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.



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. In addition to programme requirements, all applicants have to meet the following requirements:

  • • Applicants should be from Sub-Sahara Africa
  • • Applicants should have an outstanding academic record – at least 70% average for your last degree
  • • The study must have been completed at an internationally recognised university
  • • The previous degree should have been an academic discipline which is related to Developement Studies
  • • 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
  • • 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 Full-time at the UWC for the required period.

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Application instructions:

The information on “How to apply” for theMaster in Development Studies, the Master in Public Administrationand the respective PhD options can be found in the respective “How to apply” sections of each programme. Applications can only be submitted by using the online application form, which is as well available in the respective “Applications via hardcopy or email are not eligible.


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