Scholarship applicants are adviced to carefully read about the specific entry requirements and course application procedure of the programme of their choice. The information is available from the respectiveprogrammes sections. In addition to programme requirements, all applicants have to meet the following requirements:
Applicants should be from Sub-Sahara Africa
Applicants should have an outstanding academic record – at least 70% for your last degree
Applicants should apply within 6 years of having completed their previous degree
The study must have been completed at an internationally recognised university
The previous degree (Baccalaureus or Master) should have been an academic discipline which is related to Development Studies or Public Administration
South African students are required to have an honours degree in order to be admitted to a Masters degree course. Other 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
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.
Scholarships include monthly allowances of 650 Euro plus travel allowances for Master candidates and 900 Euro plus travel allowances for PhD candidates. Tuition and registration fees are covered by the Scholarship Programme.
You will have to fill in anelectronic application form (ONLY AVAILABLE FROM mid APRIL to 15th July during open Calls)! Applications not using this e-form can´t be considered! As the e-form can only be submitted once, please make sure that your application is complete before submitting it!
Documents that have to be uploaded when using the e-form are:
MA applicants will have to write a one page paper about 1 of 3 different topics, available in the “How to apply” section of each Master Programme1
PhD applicants don´t write an essay, but are asked to submit a 5 page proposal on the research they would want to undertake for the thesis. This should include their research question, the research methodology and a (provisional) theoretical framework. A list of topics is given in thePhD section.
Additional one signed reference (academic) (and one professional if applicable) have to be uploaded to the e-form. Only if referees don´t want you to submit the reference yourself, the reference can be send by the referee directly firstname.lastname@example.org, indicating the applicant’s name!
Candidates for the Masters Programme in Public Administration (MPA), the MA in Development Studies as well as PhD candidates in the fields of Governance, Public Policy, Public Management or Development Studies 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).
We are unfortunately not able to engage in extended correspondence with applicants.
For applicants of the MPA, the MA in Development Studies as well as PhD candidates there are no open Calls in 2018.
For additional information on the courses or on registration please write to: