The Wits-TUB-UNILAG Urban Lab programme supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) seeks to improve graduate education in urban fields across Sub-Saharan Africa. It is one of seven SDG Graduate Schools funded by the DAAD worldwide. The lead partners, the Habitat Unit at Technische Universität Berlin and the School of Architecture and Planning at Wits University in Johannesburg and the University of Lagos, collaborate in the offering of an urban-oriented graduate training and capacity-building programme at Wits University that seeks to effectively address the challenges and needs of modern urban studies.
Scholarships are on offer to African students for the Wits-TUB-UNILAG Urban Lab Masters programme in urban studies.
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The due date to apply for the scholarship is 30th September 2022. The due date to apply for the Master of Urban Studies (MUS) in the field of Urban Management (UM) is 31st July 2022.
South Africa & Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Scholarship Study Location
Successful master’s candidates will be based in the School of Architecture and Planning at Wits University.
Masters (Graduate Scholarship)
Eligibility & Selection Criteria
- The programme is interdisciplinary, but we place a special emphasis on a portfolio that is inter-transdisciplinary, cutting across the fields of development planning, housing, sustainable urban development, urban management, and urban design. Candidates in architecture and urban planning as well as in the humanities, cultural studies, urban geography, or social sciences with a focus on urban studies and planning as well as candidates in related fields such as landscape architecture are also welcome to apply.
- Citizens from sub-Saharan African countries other than South Africa are legible to apply.
- Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree that is equivalent to an honours degree (NQF level 8) in the South African Qualification System (SAQA). There is no need to apply for SAQA if your bachelor’s degree was obtained in a South African university.
- Applicants must possess the requisite qualifications for admission into the MUS (UM). For admission requirements, please log onto: https://www.wits.ac.za/urbanmanagement
- Wits University is an English medium university. The programme language is English. Proficiency in any other language necessary for the proposed geographic location of their fieldwork is recommended.
- There is no age limit applying to the scholarships for study purposes. However, at the time of the application, no more than 6 years should have passed since an applicant graduated from his/ her previous studies.
- Award of the scholarships is based on a combination of merit, distribution across the continent and, gender balance.
- Studying in the MUS programme is on a full-time basis for 11 months. Selected students will not participate in any form of employment during this period.
- The scholarship programme focuses on four innovation areas which address SDG implementation in urban areas:
- Politics and policy of the urban
- Understanding complex urban systems
- Managing change processes
- Co-producing knowledge between theory and practice
Number of Scholarships
Value of Scholarship
The scholarship includes:
- Full tuition fee
- Monthly stipend covering living expenses
- Travel from home country/ place of origin
- Student medical aid (12 months)
Selected students will be required to be self-sufficient from February-April 2023, as their living allowance will be paid in May 2023. They will be responsible for organizing their accommodation in Johannesburg as well as for organizing their travel to Johannesburg, and for covering the respective costs. The expenses will be refunded during
the first half of the academic year.
Students applying for the scholarship are required to pay for their SAQA fee costs. SAQA fee costs will not be refunded. The Wits-TUB-UNILAG reserves the right not to make all or to make no scholarship awards.
The master’s scholarship covers the duration of one academic year.
Before applying for the scholarship, you are expected to apply first to the Master of Urban Studies programme at the University of the Witwatersrand. Applications for admission in the Master of Urban Studies in the field of Urban Management – MUS (UM) at Wits University for sub-Saharan Africans for study in 2023 close on 31 July 2022. The whole application process (including online access to the application form) is found at here.
The next step is applying for the scholarship. This is a separate application process from the one described above. The ‘person number’ provided upon application for admission must be included in the scholarship application form. Applications not using this form, or not adhering to its instructions will not be considered.
In order for the scholarship application to be complete, it must include the following documents:
1. The Wits-TUB-Unilag Scholarship Application Form
2. A cover letter explaining why you qualify for the scholarship. Additionally, this letter should speak to the qualification criteria, and should also provide a connection between the project themes and your envisaged topic.
3. A CV
4. A copy of all degree certificates and official academic transcripts indicating marks for all degrees.
5. A bachelor’s degree obtained outside of South Africa should be accompanied by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) certificate ranking the applicant’s bachelor’s degree at NQF level 8.
All the above documents must be submitted by e-mail to Ms Taki Sithagu, [email protected] by 30 September 2022