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DAAD/PLAAS Scholarships for Masters & Doctoral Studies in Poverty, Land & Agrarian Studies 2020

DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) in collaboration with PLAAS (Institute for Poverty, Land & Agrarian Studies) and Network of Excellence for Land Governance in Africa (NELGA), is offering in-country/in-region scholarships, as part of the Strengthening Capacities for Land Governance in Africa programme. 

Field of Study: The programme supports those in subject areas with strong relevance to land governance/land management. We propose the following topic areas for scholarships:

  1. Land tenure, including customary tenure, titling and land markets
  2. Water, forestry, fisheries and ecosystems management
  3. Farming systems, agricultural development and the rural non-farm economy
  4. Agricultural investment and inclusive business models
  5. Governance, policy frameworks and investment standards
  6. Population, migration and urbanisation
  7. Climate change mitigation and adaptation
  8. Agro-food systems, food prices and food security
  9. Regional cooperation and integration and the agro-food system

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About Institute For Land and Agrarian Studies

Our institute was founded in 1995 (initially called ‘Programme for Land and Agrarian Studies’) as a specialist unit in the School of Government, in the Economic and Management Sciences Faculty, at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), Cape Town. The main purpose of the Programme was to undertake policy-oriented research to support the newly elected government in implementing its land reform policies. PLAAS does research, policy engagement, teaching and training about the dynamics of chronic poverty and structural inequality in Southern Africa, with a particular emphasis on the key r... read more


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DAAD/PLAAS Masters Scholarship


Aim and Benefits of DAAD/PLAAS Masters Scholarship

  1. Tuition fees
  2. Study and research allowance
  3. Printing allowance
  4. Monthly Scholarship (Accommodation, Food etc.)
  5. Travel allowance (In-Region only)
  6. Insurance

Requirements for DAAD/PLAAS Masters Scholarship Qualification

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.


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Interview date, Process and Venue for DAAD/PLAAS Masters Scholarship

Selection 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.

Duration of Programme: 

Scholarships are initially granted for one year and can be extended to upon receipt of an application for extension. Scholars must demonstrate satisfactory progress before an extension is granted. All further information will be provided after admission to the scholarship programme.


Application Deadline

October 21, 2019


How to Apply

The application process contains two steps. Your attention is drawn towards the two application deadlines.

  1. Step One: Applicants are required to apply for the respective programme at PLAAS, UWC and are subject to their application procedures. Click here for more information on the PLAAS MPhil & PhD Information Sheet_2020. The PLAAS application deadline is 31 October 2019.

  2. Step Two: Once shortlisted, PLAAS, UWC will provide a link to the DAAD-Portal. The DAAD application deadline is 30 November 2019.

To read more about the MPhil and PhD programmes, check out our Academic Programme page


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