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PhD Scholarship by German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

The African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS) at the University of the Witwatersrand is seeking applications for MA and PhD scholarships offered by DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) as part of its ‘In-Region Scholarship Programme South Africa’.

Employing approaches from across the social sciences, humanities, and built environment the project will conduct original research and interventions in Johannesburg, Accra, and Nairobi. Through continental and translocal collaborations with colleagues in academia and the arts, it will make important conceptual, theoretical and methodological contributions to theories on multiple mobilities and urbanisation across sub-Saharan Africa. 

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About German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

DAAD scholarship in Germany is a private, federally funded and state-funded, self governing national agency of the institutions of higher education in Germany, representing 365 German higher education institutions (100 universities and technical universities, 162 general universities of applied sciences, and 52 colleges of music and art) [2003]. The DAAD itself does not offer programs of study or courses, but awards competitive, merit-based grants for use toward study and/or research in Germany at any of the accredited German institutions of higher education. It also awards grants to German... read more


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DAAD ACMS Wits University PhD Scholarship


Aim and Benefits of DAAD ACMS Wits University PhD Scholarship

 Full scholarships are available for Four MA and Five PhD students accepted for the Migration and Displacement programme at ACMS in 2021


Requirements for DAAD ACMS Wits University PhD Scholarship Qualification

PhD applicants must;

  1. Must be nationals or permanent residents of a Sub-Saharan African country (excluding South Africa);
  2. PhD applicants must have an MA degree with a total aggregate mark of at least 70%;
  3. Must have been accepted to study for MA/PhD in Migration and Displacement at ACMS (please see application information here).

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Documents Required for Application

  1. Research Concept: this should outline your research topic or question, relevant literature and proposed methods. This should be 5 – 10 pages
  2. 2 reference/recommendation letter


Application Deadline

September 30, 2020


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) on www.wits.ac.za to apply

 Applications should include:

  1. A cover letter summarising qualifications, professional experience and reasons for interest in the Migration and Displacement programme;
  2. A complete CV;
  3. Copies of transcripts and degree certificates;
  4. SAQA evaluation (for foreign qualifications);
  5. A short research proposal (1500 words maximum) outlining the proposed research project;
  6. A writing sample of not more than 10,000 words (e.g., a chapter; article; term paper).

Female applicants and candidates from less privileged regions or groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Applicants are strongly recommended to identify a potential supervisor within ACMS and contact them before submitting their application.

Candidates considering applying for registration for a PhD should first contact the ACMS Academic Coordinator at [email protected] before submitting an application to the University.

Email all queries and application materials to: [email protected]

For more details, visit ACMS website

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