DAAD Masters in Development Studies in South Africa – 2021/2022

Application for the DAAD Masters in Development Studies for International Students in South Africa- 2021/2022. Entry is now open by the DAAD in South Africa.

Higher National Diploma

The Masters 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 in Development Studies at the ISD (Institute for Social Development), School of Government, University of the Western Cape in Cape Town.

The Call for applications for the intake 2022 is now open with the deadline 20th June. The online application form can be accessed below (see application procedure)! Please read this website carefully and especially start preparing the necessary documents as explained below.

Please understand that we don’t have the capacity to answer those questions via email, that can be answered by reading the Call text on the Website carefully. So please refer first to the information given in the “How to apply sections” of each Programme, before asking questions via email.

The Scholarships are one of the most prestigious scholarships in the world. The aim of the program is to create a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.


Scholars are selected on the following criteria:

  • 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 Developement Studies
  • South African students are required to have an honours degree in order to be admitted to a Masters degree course. Ohter 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 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.
  • Candidates for the MA and M Econ in Development Studies as well as 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).


You have to fill in an electronic application form, which is only available 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, so please prepare them before you fill in the form:

  • 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 (in case that the graduation only takes place after the deadline expired, please submit a letter from the respective authorities of your university, certifying that you will graduate until end of 2021).
  • an academic reference and if applicable a professional reference. In case that referees want to send the reference independently, they should send it to [email protected], indicating the applicant’s name.
  • MA applicants will have to write a one page paper about one of three given topics (to be uploaded in the e-form). Below you find the topics of the Call:
  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

  • A certified copy of your identification document
  • A certified copy of your matric certificate
  • 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
  • Any other documentation which may be required for admission to a specific programme

Application Deadline for the intake 2022:

  • 20 June 2021

Communication of selection outcome:

  • Applicants will be notified about the selection outcome until end of august.

Tuition, registration and other costs:

  • Tuition and Registration fees are covered by the Scholarship.
  • A list of tuition fees is available from the UWC website.

Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held about 6-8 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.

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