DAAD/PLAAS NELGA Scholarship 2020 | Fully Funded

DAAD/PLAAS NELGA Scholarship 2020 is currently ongoing for suitably qualified candidates and applications are accepted from such candidates.

The DAAD application deadline is 30 November 2019.

About the Scholarship

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in collaboration with the Institute for Poverty, Land & Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), University of the Western Cape (UWC), is offering in-country/in-region scholarships, within the Network of Excellence for Land Governance in Africa (NELGA).

This forms part of the Strengthening Advisory Capacities for Land Governance in Africa (SLGA) programme funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (MBZ).DAAD is offering competitive scholarships for Masters and Doctoral Studies in Poverty, Land & Agrarian Studies, offered at PLAAS, UWC. 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.

The target group for scholarships are graduates and postgraduates from Africa with a first academic degree if applying for a Master’s programme, or with a Master’s degree if applying for a doctoral programme who want to pursue Master’s or PhD courses in their home country (so called In-Country scholarships) or in another African country (In-Region scholarships).

DAAD offers up to 3 scholarships for Master studies and 3 scholarships for PhD studies at PLAAS for the intake 2020.

DAAD/PLAAS NELGA Scholarship Requirements


  • have successfully completed generally a three-year university degree (Master candidates) or a two-year university degree (doctoral candidates) with above average results (upper third of class)
  • clearly show motivation and strong commitment
  • have thorough knowledge of the language of instruction
  • must be nationalsor permanent resident of an African country
  • hold a SAQA Certificate of Evaluation or be in the process of obtaining one if they hold a non-South African university degree;
  • should generally be a) staff member of a public university,
    • candidate considered for teaching or research staff recruitment,
    • from the public sector. Female applicants and candidates from less privileged regions or groups are especially encouraged to participate in the programme.

What The Scholarship Covers

  • Tuition fees
  • Study and research allowance
  • Insurance
  • Travel allowance
  • Printing allowance
  • Monthly scholarship (accommodation, food, etc)

Research Areas

The programme supports those in subject areas with strong relevance to land governance/land management. We propose the following topic areas for 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 urbanisation
  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • Agro-food systems, food prices and food security
  • Regional cooperation and integration and the agro-food system

How to Apply For DAAD/PLAAS NELGA Scholarship

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

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.

Step Two

Once shortlisted, PLAAS, UWC will provide a link to the DAAD-Portal.

For more details, visit the official webpage

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