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DAAD/PLAAS Call for Scholarship Application

by PLAAS in 2018

DAAD In-Country/In Region Scholarship Programme in Strengthening Advisory Capacities for Land Governance in Africa


(Closing date: 7th December 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) in Poverty, Land & Agrarian Studies, offered at PLAAS. 

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. Click here for more information on the DAAD Call for Applications 2019

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 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.

How to Apply?

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

1. Application to UWC

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

2. Supporting document

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Motivation letter
  • Certified copies of academic results and certificates
  • Certified copy of ID/Passport
  • SAQA certificate (Applicable to foreign qualifications)
  • Draft proposal

Contact person: Ms Carla Henry (Senior Administrator)
Postgraduate Programme
PLAAS, University of the Western Cape
Private Bag X17
Bellville 7535
Western Cape

Tel: +27 (21) 959 3727/3733
Fax: +27 (21) 959 3732