The MA in Development Studies is designed for those planning a career in the field of economic and social development as policy-makers, activists, administrators, developers, researchers or teachers at universities.
The SA-German Centre for Development Research offers generous two year DAAD merit scholarships for Masters degrees (MA or MEcon) in Development Studies at the ISD (Institute for Social Development), School of Government, University of the Western Cape in Cape Town. The application deadline for the intake in 2017 already expired. For the 2018 intake the Call will be published in April 2017.
Testimonial by MA Dev St Student Winnie Sambu, Kenya "My experience with ISD has been exciting and fulfilling thus far. I have had the opportunity to meet and interact with classmates and staff from all over Africa and other parts of the world. In addition, I have been able to participate in activities outside the University that have not only provided me with the opportunity to learn, but has also been exhilarating. Early in the year, we went to the township of Khayelitsha to visit on-going projects and I was particularly impressed with the things that were being done to develop the community there. It certainly provided me with the chance to see how I could apply what I was learning in class to community development initiatives.
More recently, my classmates and I went on a wine- tasting adventure in Stellenbosch organized by the Institute. Cape Town is renowned for its famous wine farms, and I was pretty excited to have an opportunity to visit one. The trip was wonderful and gave me the chance to understand the entire wine making process and provided me with a great opportunity to appreciate the magnificent and beautiful landscapes of Stellenbosch."
Testimonial by MA Dev St Student Joyce Marangu, Kenya "Being a DAAD scholar in the Institute for Social Development is an extremely enriching experience. The programme has brought together outstanding scholars from across the globe, presenting a unique opportunity to learn together as well as from each other. Excellent opportunities continue to be offered under the scholarship programme of which the double degree option with the University of Bochum in Germany stands out as one great opportunity for students to acquire extensive knowledge and develop a broader outlook. Additional courses which benefit the students immensely are also organised through the DAAD scholarship programme, most notably the Experimental Research for Social Science course offered in April 2012.
As a DAAD scholar, I have had the opportunity to participate in various events. Key among them has been the DAAD Alumni Conference and the Europe Education Fair which has helped develop my organisational skills and presented great networking opportunities thereby complementing the academic aspect."
You have to fill in an electronic application form, which can only be accessed during an open Call! The e-form can only be submitted ONCE, so please make sure that your application is complete before submitting it!!!
When using the e-form, you will have to upload the following documents:
1 Write critical notes on how inequality can be measured. What do you regard as the causes of inequality in your country?
2 What are the prospects for a successful Developmental State model in any African country of your choice?
3 What do you see as the root causes of migration? How can these be addressed?
Of course we screen all essays with an anti-plagiarism software and in case that an essay is only copy pasted from available literature the application is not eligible!!!
Please prepare as well
The regular deadline for applications is the 15 July each year,
Communication of selection outcome:
Applicants will be notified about the selection outcome within 4-6 weeks after the expriation of the application deadline.
Tuition, registration and other costs:
Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held about 2 weeks after the espiration of the application deadline, either face-to-face or telephonically or via Skype. Please ensure that you will be available during this period if contacted for an interview. All applicants will be informed about their applications within 4-6 weeks after the expriation of the application deadline.