DRD Scholarships for Sub-Saharan Africans

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Are you a student from Sub-Saharan Africa with a strong academic background and a passion for development studies? If so, we have exciting news for you! The Development Research Division (DRD) is offering a limited number of prestigious DAAD merit scholarships each year for Sub-Saharan African applicants who wish to pursue Masters or PhD studies related to development.

Host Institutions:

The scholarship program is a joint initiative between the University of the Western Cape in South Africa and Ruhr-University Bochum in Germany.

Fields of Study:

The scholarships are available for full-time students interested in the following fields:

  • MA in Development Studies
  • Master in Public Administration
  • Different PhD options at the center (PhD UWC)
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Number of Awards:

The number of scholarships available is limited, so if you’re interested, it’s essential to apply promptly.

Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for these scholarships, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a national of a Sub-Saharan African country
  • Have an excellent academic record, with at least a 70% average in your last degree
  • Completed previous studies at an internationally recognized university, preferably in a field related to Development Studies
  • South African students need an honors degree for a Masters course or an equivalent of a 4-year undergraduate degree for other students
  • Provide evidence of proficiency in English (written and spoken), such as TOEFL or a similar standard test, or a letter from an academic institution
  • Preferred work and/or voluntary experience in the field of interest
  • No formal age restriction, but it’s recommended to apply within three years of completing the previous degree, unless there’s a valid reason for academic inactivity
  • Women and South African students are strongly encouraged to apply
  • Applicants must be able to study full-time at the UWC for the required period.
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Scholarship Value:

Selected candidates will receive generous financial support, including:

  • Monthly allowance of 650 Euros for Master’s candidates and 900 Euros for PhD candidates
  • Travel allowances
  • Tuition and registration fee coverage

Application Process:

To apply for the scholarships, please follow these steps:

  1. Carefully review the entry requirements and application procedure for your chosen program, available on the respective program sections of the official website.
  2. Submit your application through the online application form, which you can find in the “How to apply” sections of each program’s webpage.
  3. Applications via hardcopy or email will not be considered.
  4. The application deadline is 20th June 2021.
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For more detailed information and access to the electronic application form, please visit the official scholarship website at

Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to further your education in Development Studies and make a positive impact on your community and the world! Apply now and take your academic journey to new heights with the DRD’s DAAD merit scholarships. Good luck!

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