DRD Scholarships for Sub-Saharan Africans

Masters/PhD Degree

Deadline: 31 July 2015 (annual)
Study in:  South Africa/Germany
Course starts Jan-May 2016

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.

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 MA in Development Management (Bochum Programme), (different application procedure – HARD COPIES – deadline for the 2016 intake is 31 December 2015)
• the different PhD options at the centre (PhD UWC)

Number of Awards:


Target group:

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

Scholarship value/inclusions:

Scholarships include monthly allowances of 650 Euro for Master candidates and 900 Euro for PhD candidates plus travel allowances. Mobility scholarships are also available for Master students each year.


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% for your last degree
•  Applicants should apply within 3 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.

Application instructions:

The new call of applications will open on 15 April 2015. Don’t send any applications before the call is open, as only applications submitted via the online application platform (available from 15 April-15 July 2015) can be considered.

For applicants of the MPA, the MA in Development Studies as well as PhD candidates the closing date for the next intake (2016) for all scholarship applications is 31 July 2015.

It is important to  visit the official website to access the electronic application form and for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.


Official Scholarship Website:  http://www.drd-sa.org/index.php/scholarships-in-development-studies.html

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