DRD Scholarships for Sub-Saharan Africans

DRD Scholarships for Sub-Saharan Africans

Masters/PhD Degree

Deadline: 20 June  (annual)
Study in:  South Africa/Germany
Course starts Jan-May

DRD Scholarships for Sub-Saharan Africans

Brief description: 

DRD Scholarships for Sub-Saharan Africans: The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) makes a limited number of merit scholarships available each year to students from Sub-Saharan African nations who have an outstanding academic record and wish to study development-related Master’s or Doctoral degrees.

Host Institution(s):

University of the Western Cape, South Africa/Ruhr-Univeristy Bochum, Germany

Field of study:

Scholarships are available for full-time students of:

• MA in Development Studies
• Master in Public Administration
• The different PhD options at the centre (PhD UWC)

Number of Awards:


Target group:

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

Scholarship value/inclusions:

The monthly allowances for applicants seeking a Master’s degree are 650 euros plus travel allowances, while the monthly allowances for candidates seeking a PhD are 900 euros plus travel allowances. The Scholarship Program will pay for your education in addition to any registration expenses.


Applicants for scholarships should make it a point to thoroughly familiarize themselves with the unique entry requirements and application process of the school or programs they intend to enroll in. The material can be found in the sections that correspond to the various programmes. In addition to the requirements imposed by the program, every applicant is expected to fulfill the following prerequisites:

  • Applicants must be from countries located south of the Sahara.
  • Applicants should have a stellar academic track record, with a minimum of a 70% average earned in their most recent degree.
  • The research needs to have been carried out in a university that is well known all around the world.
  • The prior degree must to have been in an academic field that is associated with Development Studies.
  • In order for students from South Africa to be accepted into a program leading to a Master’s degree, they must first have completed their undergraduate studies with honors.
  • Other students are required to have completed the educational equivalent of a four-year undergraduate degree.
  • The applicants are required to produce evidence that they are proficient in English, both orally and in writing. This can be in the form of a TOEFL test or another standard test of the same nature, or it can be a letter from an academic institution.
  • A recommendation for you would be to have previous experience working or volunteering in the sector that interests you.
  • Although there is no hard and fast age limit, applicants should submit their applications within three years after the completion of their most recent degree, unless they can provide a compelling explanation for why they were academically inactive during that time.
  • It is strongly recommended that women apply.
  • Students from South Africa are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Candidates need to demonstrate that they will be able to attend classes at the UWC full-time for the duration of the program.
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Application instructions:

You may find the information on “How to apply” for the Master of Development Studies, the Master of Public Administration, and the many PhD choices in the “How to apply” sections that are specific to each program. These sections are located at the bottom of each page. Only applications that have been submitted through the online application form, which can be found in each section under “How to apply,” will be considered. Applications sent in physical form or by email will not be considered. The cutoff date is the 20th of June

It is important to  visit the official website to access the electronic application form and for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.


Official Scholarship Website:  http://www.cdr-sa.org/

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