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DAAD MPhil Southern Urbanism Scholarships for Sub-Saharan African Students 2023

The African Centre for Cities, through Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) is calling for scholarship applications for 2024.

DAAD are offering five In-Region Scholarships* for students from Sub-Saharan Africa who enrol for the MPhil Southern Urbanism (Masters in Urban Studies) programme at the University of Cape Town.

The In-Region Scholarship Programme supports studies in subject areas with strong relevance to national development.

The scholarships at the University of Cape Town are available for MPhil in Urban Studies – Southern Urbanism

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DAAD MPhil Southern Urbanism Scholarships

Application Deadline27 Apr 2023
Country to studySouth Africa
School to studyUniversity of Cape Town
SponsorAfrican Centre for Cities (ACC)
GenderMen and Women

Requirements for DAAD MPhil Southern Urbanism Scholarships Qualification

Applicants must:

  • have successfully completed generally a four-year university degree (Master candidates) with above average results (at least: Second Class/Upper Division or equivalent, if applicable);
  • clearly show motivation and strong commitment;
  • have thorough knowledge of the language of instruction;
  • have generally completed their last university degree not more than 6 years ago at the time of application;
  •  be nationals or permanent residents of a Sub-Saharan African country (excluding South Africa);
  • generally be a) staff member of a public university, b) or a candidate considered for teaching or research staff recruitment, c) or from the public sector and/or d) Alumni of the DAFI-programme.

Female applicants, refugees with recognised refugee status and candidates from other less privileged regions or groups are especially encouraged to participate in the programme.

Scholarships are generally initially granted for one year and can be extended to a maximum of the regular period of study upon receipt of an application for extension. Scholars must demonstrate satisfactory progress before an extension is granted.

Please note: The University of Cape Town might have additional requirements for admission to the university.

Interview date, Process and Venue for DAAD MPhil Southern Urbanism Scholarships


The University of Cape Town will screen, pre-select and short-list the applicants that have met both their own admission requirements at the host institution and the formal criteria by DAAD. A detailed report consisting of the shortlisting procedure, the ranked shortlist and the shortlisting panel members will also be availed to DAAD. The ranked shortlist will contain preferably triple (at least double) the number of scholarships that have been attributed to the institution.

In a final selection, the applications ranked by the institution in the pre-selection will be assessed by an independent selection committee (international university professors and experts from German and foreign universities and alumni). The independent selection committee evaluates the applications on the basis of the submitted documents and in consideration of the pre-selection ranking of the institution. Areas evaluated include academic performance and quality, extracurricular activities, motivation, and relevance of the research topic (if applicable).

Documents Required for Application

Mandatory documents to be submitted (in either English or German) for the DAAD scholarship application:

  • DAAD application form duly filled in (available in the DAAD portal)
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of publications (if applicable).
  • One recommendation letter by university teachers
  • Letter of admission for the host university/institution/network (this can be subsequently submitted before the scholarship begins if it is not available at the time of application)
  • Certified copies of university degree certificates including transcripts (if available, including a grading scale for the final university grade)
  • If available, information on the recognition of the university degree certificates in the host country
  • Letter of motivation (1-2 pages)

In-Region Scholarship Programme – Call for Applications UCT – ST32– edition: 03/2023

  • Copy of the passport (if applicable), or National Identification Card
  • If applicable, information on the UNHCR registration as refugee
  • If the Master programme includes both course work and a research phase, please submit:
  • a short proposal for a possible Master project (2-3 pages)
  • a timetable (if applicable: mentioning the planned research stay in Germany (if applicable), see “Additional benefits”)


  • Additional documents that might be relevant for your application (e.g. proof of internships, proof of employment).

Application Deadline

April 27, 2023

How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to African Centre for Cities (ACC) on to apply

Please be aware of the DAAD’s application deadline as well as the University of Cape Town’s deadline.

The application process for DAAD scholarships contains the following steps.

Applicants must apply for the scholarship via the DAAD portal. Applicants are asked to log into the DAAD portal, register themselves and submit a DAAD application. DAAD’s Deadline: April 27th, 2023.

DAAD will conduct a formal review of the applications received via the DAAD portal according to DAAD criteria. Only complete applications and applicants who meet the DAAD application requirements and are formally admissible ac-cording to the DAAD selection criteria, will be availed to host institution for the next step.

Regardless of this process, applicants must at the same time apply for admission at the University of Cape Town using the contacts and the method that is prescribed by the institution. The Institution has set its own deadline for the admission process. Please inform yourself about the respective application processes at the host institution.

Your application is only valid if you submit all the required documents via the DAAD portal on time. Incomplete applications cannot be considered. You are responsible for ensuring that your applications are complete. If you do not have documents such as recommendation letter and/or letter of admission at the time of application, please mention and explain this at an appropriate place in the application.

Please note that the scholarship only becomes effective as soon as the Admission Letter (this can be subsequently submitted before the scholarship begins if it is not available before) from the university is issued and once a proof (e.g., airline ticket, letter from supervisor or coordinator, admission test) has been submitted that you are on site at the host university to begin your studies. This must be submitted to the DAAD portal as soon as possible and is part of a complete application.

Applications for the DAAD scholarship must be submitted via the DAAD portal

Applications submitted through other channels or to other authorities will not be considered.

For more details, visit ACC website.

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