South African German Centre for Development Research Scholarships

The South African German Centre for Development Research (SAGCDR) Scholarship is a two year scholarship, created for those who wish to study a Master’s Degree in Development Studies at the University of the Western Cape’s (UWC) Institute for Social Development. 

The Scholarship is a merit based scholarship aimed at those wishing to pursue a career in economics or social development. 

The SAGCDR was created to help finance and prepare Ph.D. as well as Master’s students with the many challenges that await them, post-Degree completion. 

These challenges range from socio-economic as well as political challenges. 

The SAGCDR in partnership with the University of the Western Cape, as well as Ruhr University of Bochum offers training and financial support for those within the social science, economics as well as administrative fields. 

These all fall under the umbrella of Developmental Studies. 

Closing Date of the Bursary 

The SAGCDR Scholarship Programme will close on the 20 of June 2021.  Applications received after the closing date will not be considered for the Bursary Programme. 

About the Bursary 

The SAGAR Scholarship is a two year merit-based scholarship aimed at Development Studies Master’s students.  These students should be studying at UWC’s Institute for Social Development, applicable to those who wish to pursue a career in economics, activism, administration, research or social development. 

South African German Centre for Development Research Bursary Requirements and Eligibility 

Kindly note that prospective applicants need to satisfy all the requirements of the SAGAR Bursary in order to be considered for the Programme:

  •  Applications are open to students in sub-Saharan countries ONLY.
  • Applicants should have completed a Developmental Studies or related Degree.
  • Applicants should qualify for their Master’s Degree by completing both their Undergraduate and Honours Degrees.
  • Applicants should boast an average of at least 70% for their previous Degree.
  • Applicants should have previously studied at an internationally recognised and certified tertiary Institution. 
  • Applicants should be fluent in the English language, having completed a TOEFL/TEFL Degree as proof.  
  • Applicants should apply within six years of completing their previous Degree. 
  • Applicants should pursue their Master’s Degree in Developmental Studies at the University of the Western Cape (UWC).
  • Applicants should be available for an in-person interview.

Please note that previous work experience will count in the favour of the prospective applicant.  South African citizens and women are encouraged to apply for the Bursary.

Failure to adhere to the requirements of the Bursary will result in a rejected application.

What does the South African German Centre for Development Research Bursary Cover 

The SAGAR Bursary will cover the following study related expenses:

  • The registration fees of the successful applicant will be paid for.
  • The tuition fees of the successful applicant will be paid for. 

How to Apply for the South African German Centre for Development Research Bursary 

Kindly note, that prospective applicants may apply for the SAGCDR Bursary by filling out an online electronic application form.  This form will be made available to the applicant during a phone call, or it can be found at the official SAGCDR website. 

The following supporting documentation should be attached to the applicant’s online application form:

  • The applicant should provide a motivational letter indicating why they believe they should be awarded the Bursary.
  • The applicant should attach a certified copy of their passport. 
  • The applicant should attach a certified copy of their ID book/card.
  • The applicant should attach a certified copy of their National Senior Certificate (NSC).
  • The applicant should attach a certified copy of their CV.
  • The applicant should provide a certified copy of their academic record at University.
  • The applicant should attach certified copies of their academic certificates. 
  • The applicant should attach both a personal as well as an academic reference letter.

Please note that MA applicants are required to write an essay from a list of provided topics that will be used to supplement the application.  

These topics will range from discussion pertaining to:

  • The measurement of inequality.
  • The African Developmental State.
  • The root causes of migration. 

Selected candidates are required to attend a personal interview in order to assess their eligibility for the Bursary.  This interview will take place within 2 months of the Bursary’s closing date. 

Contact Information 

The SAGAR may be directly contacted for all relevant bursary related queries:

  • Tel: 021 959 3845 – Ina Conradie 

Prospective applicants should refrain from contacting the SAGCDR upon the closing of the Bursary Programme. 

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