SA-CDR DAAD MASTERS SCHOLARSHIP offers Masters Scholarship for applicants who wish to take Public Administration as course of study.

.SA-German Centre for Development Research offers two years DAAD merit Scholarship for Masters in Public Administration (MPA) in Cape Town in 2021. South African- SA-German Centre for Development Research is aim at to prepare the next generation of leaders to meet the typical economic, social and political challenges arising from the development process.

The School of Government’s Masters in Public Administration (MPA) offers students a balanced and relevant mix of practical and theoretical skills. It is also a multi-disciplinary degree, drawing widely on the skills and experience of the School’s cognate departments. In the first year of the programme students are provided with a solid foundation in the theory and practice of governance, public policy and public administration, as well as in a range of analytical, practical, communication and research skills. In the second year, they will work under supervision to produce a mini-thesis, and attend and make presentations at research seminars.


Successful students of the Master’s programme will be awarded the degree Master in Public Administration of UWC. Excellent students can receive the MA in Development Management degree of Ruhr-University Bochum as a second degree if they fulfill additional requirements (see the 2nd-degree option for further information).


  • Application fee waiver
  • Tuition fees waiver
  • Travel Allowances
  • Monthly Allowance
    • Masters Candidate- 650Euro
    • Ph.D. Candidate – 900 Euro

SA-CDR DAAD Masters Scholarship Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants should be from Sub-Sahara Africa
  • Applicants should have an outstanding academic record – at least 70% average- for your last degree
  • The study must have been completed at an internationally recognized university
  • The previous degree should have been an academic discipline which is related to 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
  • There is no formal age restriction, but applicants should apply within six years of completing their previous degree, unless they have a good reason for having been academically inactive for a period
  • 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.
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Application procedure:

You have to fill in an online application form, which can be accessed here: Masters ONLINE FORM! The e-form can only be submitted ONCE, so please make sure that your application is complete before submitting it!!!

As you will have to upload certain documents, documents, as follows, should be already prepared:

  • a letter of application, motivating your application,
  • a copy of your passport
  • a CV, also indicating relevant work experience as an intern or as an employee: Please use the Europass CV form available at
  • an academic transcript from your last university,
  • certified copies of all academic certificates,
  • an academic reference and if applicable a professional reference. In case that referees want to send the reference independently, they should send it to, indicating the applicant’s name.
  • MA applicants will have to write a one page paper about one of three given topics (to be uploaded in the e-form). Below you find the topics of the Call:

1 Write critical notes on how inequality can be measured. What do you regard as the causes of inequality in your country?

2 What are the prospects for a successful Developmental State model in any African country of your choice?

3 What do you see as the root causes of migration? How can these be addressed?


Of course, we screen all essays with anti-plagiarism software and in case that an essay is only copy-pasted from available literature the application is not eligible!!!

 In some cases, you may also be required to attend an interview and to complete an entrance test.

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Wherever possible, please have all documents verified by a Commissioner of Oaths.

Please make sure that your application is complete, as no incomplete submissions will be considered.

In addition to the formal University processes, prospective MPA students will also be required to complete a separate School of Government application form. These can be obtained from the School’s postgraduate office. (Tel: +27 21 959 3803/3860; E-Mail or

Please prepare as well

  • a certified copy of your identification document
  • a certified copy of your matric certificate
  • Moreover, certificates and transcripts that are in another language other than English or Afrikaans must be submitted together with an English translation thereof that has been certified by a Public Notary


Application Deadline for the intake 2021: 20 June 2020

Communication of selection outcome:

All applicants will be informed about their applications around the end of August.

See: CDR Master Application Form 2020/2021