DRD Scholarships for Sub-Saharan Africans

Brief description:

For applicants from Sub-Saharan African countries with an excellent academic record, the DRD offers a limited number of DAAD merit scholarships per year.

Host Institution(s):

University of the Western Cape, South Africa

Field of study:

Scholarships are available for full-time students of:

• MA and M Econ in Development Studies
• Master in Public Administration
• the different PhD options at the centre (PhD UWC, PhD IDS)

• the MA in Development Management (Bochum Programme), (different application procedure – HARD COPYS – deadline for the 2016 intake is 31 December 2015 – see respective programme http://www.development-research.org/madm/madm-cape-town.html)

Number of Awards:

Limited number of scholarships are available.

Target group:

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

Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon,Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo (Brazzaville), Congo DRC (Zaire), Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissaau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Scholarship value/inclusions:

Scholarships include monthly allowances of 650 Euro for Master candidates and 900 Euro for PhD candidates plus travel allowances.

Apart from full scholarships for participation in one of the above mentioned programmes a number of mobility scholarships for Master students are available each year. These scholarships are aimed at funding a study period in Germany. During such a study period abroad scholarship holders can participate in a Summer School at Ruhr-Univeristy Bochum, complete an internship with a German organization working in the field related to their studies or they can visit Ruhr-Univeristy Bochum during the completion phase of their Master Thesis for intensive supervision periods.


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.

All applicants have to meet the following requirements:

•  Applicants should be from Sub-Sahara Africa
•  Applicants should have achieved a first or upper second class for their previous course of study
•  The study must have been completed at an accredited University
•  The previous degree should have been an academic discipline which is related to development, such as economics, sociology, social anthropology, agriculture, statistics, etc.
• South African students are required to have an honours degree in order to be admitted to a Masters degree course
• 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
• Applicants must be able to study fulltime at the UWC for the required period.

Application instructions:

Applications are made online via an electronic application form. For applicants of the MPA, the MA Econ in Development Studies as well as PhD candidates the closing date for all scholarship applications is 31 July 2014.

Candidates for the Masters Programme in Public Administration (MPA), the MA and M Econ 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 before they register with UWC through the online application procedure.

It is important to  visit the official website (link found below) 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

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