How to apply

How to Apply

The School of Government is committed to supporting the training and research needs of community based organisations, non-governmental organisations, trade unions and other institutions of the wider South African Society, to help the development of a balance between the state and civil society.

The SA-German Centre for Development Research offers generous two year DAAD merit scholarships for the Masters Degree in Public Administration in the School of Government, University of the Western Cape in Cape Town. The deadline for applications for the intake in 2017 already expired. the new Call for applications for the intake in 2018 will be published in April 2017.

Entry 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 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

  • 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 fulltime at the UWC for the required period.

Application procedure:

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!!!

As you will have to upload certain documents, documents as follows can already be prepared:t

  • a letter of application, motivating your application,
  • a copy of your passport
  • a CV, also indicating relevant work experience as intern or as employee: Please use the europass CV form available at https://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/en/home
  • an academic transcript from your last university,
  • certified copies of all academic certificates,
  • an academic reference and if applicable a professional reference. In case that referees want to send the reference independently, they should send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , indicating the applicant's name.
  • MA applicants will have to write a one page paper about 1 of the 4 following topics:

1 François Bourguignon, a former Chief Economist of the World Bank referred to the "poverty growth inequality triangle": Discuss this comment, critically evaluating the role of inequality in the current study of development in Africa.

2 Write critically on perceptions about governance in Sub Saharan Africa.

3 It has been claimed that climate change could potentially interrupt progress toward a world without hunger. Consider the evidence for this claim and discuss how climate change might impact on food security.

4 Discuss the relationship between social movements and civil society in a specific SSA country of your choice.

Attention:

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!!!

 In some cases, you may also be required to attend an interview and to complete an entrance test.

Wherever possible, please have all documents verified by a Commissioner of Oaths.

Please make sure that your application is complete, as no incomplete submissions will be considered.

In addition to the formal University processes, prospective MPA students will also be required to complete a separate School of Government application form. These can be obtained from the School's postgraduate office. (Tel: +27 21 959 3803/3860; E-Mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

Please prepare as well

  • a certified copy of your identification document
  • a certified copy of your matric certificate
  • Moreover, certificates and transcripts that are in another language other than English or Afrikaans must be submitted together with an English translation thereof that has been certified by a Public Notary

Application Deadline:

The regular deadline for online-applications is 15 July each year!

Communication of selection outcome:

All applicants will be informed about their applications within 4-6 weeks after application deadline

Tuition, registration and other costs:

  • Tuition fees are charged per module within a prescribed programme
  • A list of tuition fees is availabel from the UWC website.
  • The UWC website also gives an idea about other costs students should allow for in their financial plans

Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held between approximately 2 weeks after the expiration 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 expiration of the application deadline.

Contact Details UWC:

south-africa
Address:
Grace Nkomo
Institute for Social Development, University of the Western Cape
Robert Sobukwe Road
Bellville
Private Bag X17, Bellville 7535
Cape Town, Republic of South Africa
 
Tel: 002721 959 3845