How to apply
The Centre for Development Research offers generous three year DAAD merit scholarships for PhD students in Development Studies, Public Policy or Public Administration at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town.
For the 2017 intake the deadline already expired. The next Call will be published in April 2017 for the 2018 intake.
- Applicants should be from Sub-Sahara Africa
- The study must have been completed at an internationally recognised university
- The previous degree should have been an academic discipline which is related to developement or public administration
- South African students are required to have achieved at least an average of 70% (or an upper 2nd class) in previous postgraduate studies at the Masters or equivalent level.
- 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
- South African students are encouraged to apply
- Applicants must be able to study fulltime at the UWC for the required period.
- PhD candidates can submit their scholarship application without needing to apply for admission at UWC. If they are awarded a scholarship, or if they intend to finance themselves, they may apply for admission through the online application procedure (www.uwc.ac.za).
Application procedure for Scholarships:
The following documents are required, and must be uploaded to the electronic-application form, which can be only accessed during an open Call:
- A letter of application, motivating why you are applying for the scholarship
- A copy of your passport
- A CV
- An academic transcript from your last university
- certified copies of all academic certificates
- At least one academic reference letter and if applicable, as well one professional reference letter (if referees insist on sending the references themselves, they have to send it to
, indicating the name of the applicant!)
The e-form can only be submitted ONCE, so please make sure that your application is complete before submitting it!!!
Wherever possible, please have all documents verified by a Commissioner of Oaths.
Relevant documents have to be scanned and saved in formats as indicated in the electronical application form.
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.
Successful applicants will study at the UWC but will also have the option to take part in courses at the IEE, the Institute for Development Research and Development Policy at the Ruhr-University, Bochum in Germany, the academic partner of UWC.