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Call for Scholarship Applications for 2018

DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) in collaboration with PLAAS (Institute for Poverty, Land & Agrarian Studies) is offering in-country/in-region scholarships, as part of the Strengthening Capacities for Land Governance in Africa programme. 

DAAD is offering competitive scholarships for Masters (3) and PhD (3) programmes listed below, offered at PLAAS.

  • MPhil Research in Poverty, Land & Agrarian Studies
  • PhD in Poverty, Land & Agrarian Studies

The scholarship covers tuition fees, research allowance, travel allowance, monthly stipend, and insurance. Applicants are subject to the PLAAS admission and pre-selection procedures. Once students are pre-selected they are required to apply via the DAAD portal to submit their scholarship application. 

These scholarships are aimed at young candidates, mid-career professionals, researchers and university staff. Female applicants and candidates from less privileged regions or groups are especially encouraged to participate in the programme

Follow the link: Call for Scholarship Application for more information. The due date for the scholarship application is 21 December 2017

Eligible Fields

The programme supports those in subject areas with strong relevance to land governance/land management. We propose the following topic areas for MPhil and PhD scholarships:

  • Land tenure, including customary tenure, titling and land markets
  • Water, forestry, fisheries and ecosystems management
  • Farming systems, agricultural development and the rural non-farm economy
  • Agricultural investment and inclusive business models
  • Governance, policy frameworks and investment standards
  • Population, migration and urbanization
  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • Agro-food systems, food prices and food security
  • Regional cooperation and integration and the agro-food system

Admission Criteria

For admission to the MPhil Research in Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, applicants must have obtained an Honours degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. sociology, history, economics, political science, agriculture, public administration, development studies, geographical and environmental studies). Students must demonstrate a good understanding of their chosen research topic and have research experience in one or more of the following themes – poverty, land and agrarian reform, rural development, and natural resources.

For admission to the PhD in Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, applicants must have obtained a Masters degree in Social Sciences, Arts, Law, Humanities, Environmental Sciences and Development Studies or any other relevant discipline. Students should have achieved a minimum average mark of 65% in the relevant Masters degree. Students must demonstrate a good understanding of their chosen research topic and have research experience in one or more of the following themes – poverty, land and agrarian reform, rural development, and natural resources.

How to Apply?

Applicants are required to apply online to UWC, as well as submit the relevant supporting documents listed below. Download the PLAAS Information Sheet for more information relating to the MPhil & PhD programmes offered at PLAAS.

1. Application to UWC

Applicants are required to apply online to the University of the Western Cape.

2. Supporting documents
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Motivation letter
  • Certified copies of academic results and certificates
  • Certified copy of ID/Passport
  • SAQA certificate (Applicable to foreign qualifications)
  • Draft proposal
Please what is the meaning of SAQA? Also what is the age limit to this scholarship?
Author: Juliet (not verified)
am a Ghanaian and an African
Author: issah mahama amadu (not verified)
I am Martha from Ethiopia.Do I need SAQA certificate to apply for the scholarship?
Author: Martha (not verified)
I studied management can i apply for this???
Author: Vanderpuye (not verified)

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