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Centre for Development Research DAAD merit awards for Sub-Sahara African Students, 2020

The Centre for Development Research is proud to offer the DAAD merit awards for talented students from Sub-Sahara Africa.

The program is open for the brilliant PhD students who have been an academic discipline which is related to development studies, public policy or public administration at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town.

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Excellent opportunity for students from Sub-Sahara Africa

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Established in 1971, The Centre for Development Studies is a social science research institution. It promotes research, teaching, and training in disciplines relevant to development. It has instituted endowment units for research in selected areas at CDS.

Why should apply to this program? While studying this course, candidates can be focused on the planning, organizing, directing, coordinating, and controlling of government actions. They can also develop leadership and management skills.

Application Deadline: June 20, 2020


  • Eligible Countries: Aspirants from Sub-Sahara Africa
  • Acceptable Course or Subjects: PhD in Development Studies, Public Policy or Public Administration.
  • Admissible Criteria: Applicants have to meet the following criteria:
  • 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 development 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 should preferably have been involved in development organisations, as interns, volunteers or employees
  • There is no formal age restriction, but applicants should apply within six 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.

How to Apply

  • How to Apply: To take part in this program, aspirants are required to be enrolled in a PhD degree program at the university. After taking confirmation, claimants can access the online application form here.
  • Supporting Documents: You need to provide the letter of application, motivating why you are applying for the opportunity , copy of your passport, CV, academic transcript, certified copies of all academic certificates, one academic reference letter, a research proposal of your PhD project, a certified copy of your identification document, a certified copy of your matric certificate.
  • Admission Requirements: For admission, claimants must have to hold the certificates of bachelor degree and masters degree in the relevant subject area.
  • Language Requirement: Applicants must provide evidence of proficiency in English, both written and spoken. This can be a TOEFL test or a similar standard test or a letter from an academic institution


Successful applicants will get educational fund 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.

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