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Wits-TUB-UNILAG Urban Lab Master & PhD Scholarships 2022 for Sub-Saharan African Students

The Wits-TUB-UNILAG Urban Lab Postgraduate Scholarships are offered for studies in the School of Architecture and Planning, Wits University, Johannesburg, February to December 2022.

Application Deadline: 30th September 2021

About Wits-TUB-UNILAG Urban Lab Postgraduate Scholarships: The Wits-TUB-UNILAG Urban Lab Programme is built on a partnership agreement between the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), the University of Lagos (UNILAG) and the Technische Universität Berlin (TUB). 

This collaboration seeks to contribute to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of 2015 and the New Urban Agenda (NUA) of 2016 on the sub-Saharan African continent. The New Urban Agenda (NUA) in particular calls for integrated approaches to urban planning and management as a central element of an “Urban Paradigm Shift”.  It recognises the need for institutional capacity development as an important “enabling condition”.

The Wits-TUB-UNILAG Urban Lab makes its contribution through a ‘Postgraduate SDG School’, in the form of an enhancement of the postgraduate training offered in the School of Architecture and Planning at Wits (a leading university on this continent) in close collaboration with the Habitat Unit at TUB and Centre for Housing and Sustainable Development at UNILAG.

The programme enables scholars from across the sub-continent to partake in the Master of Urban Studies in the field of Urban Management at Wits as well as PhD studies at both Wits and UNILAG. A new masters degree in urban management will be introduced at UNILAG in 2021 with bursary support from the programme. Beyond collaboration around the respective urban management masters at TUB, Wits and UNILAG, the programme is designed to facilitate international exchange of ideas between research institutions and includes strengthening the network of urban academics on the African continent.

The Wits-TUB-UNILAG Urban Lab programme is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) from 2016 to 2020. An extension of the programme has been granted from 2021 to 2025.  

The current (second) phase of the programme, 2021-2025 includes the following activities:

  • Project Coordination– the collaboration at the Wits-TUB-UNILAG is based on the principle of eye-level-exchange and equal participation of all three academic partner institutions.
  • Harnessing ongoing innovations in digital environments to expand collaborative boundaries- the aim to explore, test and implement new digital methods and tools for collaborative teaching and research in the field of postgraduate education across the three institutions.
  • Strengthening inter- and transdisciplinary, as well as practice oriented postgraduate education in the field of Urban Management at African planning schools.
  • Embedding PhD training in structured collaborative postgraduate capacity building programmes- PhD training will continue to be a core focus of the Wits-TUB-UNILAG Urban Lab.
  • Mentoring and capacity building for an academic career.
  • Building inter- and transdisciplinary knowledge around resilience, urban justice and solidarity within urban transitions towards SDG.s
  • Strengthening networks to bridge research, policy and practice.

Scholarships

Masters Scholarships

Under the Wits-TUB-UNILAG Urban Lab, the School of Architecture and Planning at Wits University streamlined its previous masters degrees into the fields of specialisation under a common Master of Urban Studies (MUS), and in 2019 introduced the Urban Management (UM) field. The curriculum of the MUS (UM) was developed in collaboration with the Habitat Unit at TUB, which offers a Masters in Urban Management.

Each year from 2017, the programme has funded masters students at the School of Architecture and Planning at Wits. 

The call for masters scholarships for 2022 is currently open. To access the call for Sub-Saharan African nationals, click here. The closing date is 30 September 2021. To access the call for South African nationals, click here. The closing date is 31 October 2021.

The Masters Bursaries are for the following 1 year full time degree:

Call for PhD Scholarships

Four fully funded PhD scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis to two South Africans and two candidates from other sub-Saharan African countries for study at the University of the Witwatersrand starting February 2022, in collaboration with Technical University Berlin and the University of Lagos. The four selected PhD candidates will be funded for four years from 2022-2025.

The call for PhD applications is open for South African applicants. The closing date is 15 October 2021.

At TUB, the programme falls under the leadership of Professor Philipp Misselwitz, at Wits University Professor Mfaniseni Sihlongonyane, with Professor Marie Huchzermeyer as second Principal Investigator, and at UniLag the programme falls under Professor Taibat Lawanson. The project coordinator at TUB is Lucas Elsner and at Wits it is Taki Sithagu. Current postdoctoral fellows in the programme are Dr Nadine Appelhans at TUB, Carmel Rawhani at Wits and Dr Basirat at UNILAG.

Please note that once completed, the degree certificates are issued by Wits University. They are not joint degrees as such.

Eligible Fields: Master of Urban Studies in the field of Urban Management – MUS (UM)

Type: Master, PhD

Eligibility: Scholarships are open to:

  • South African Citizens or permanent residents
  • Applicants must possess the requisite qualifications for admission into the MUS (UM),
  • Award of the scholarships is based on a combination of merit and gender balance.
  • 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.
  • All scholarship applicants must have made a complete application for admission to the Master of Urban Studies in the field of Urban Management at Wits University and be in possession of a ‘person number’ which is issued by Wits University upon application for admission into a degree.

Number of Awards: Not specified

Value of Wits-TUB-UNILAG Urban Lab Postgraduate Scholarships: Successful candidates will be expected to sign a contract stipulating the conditions of the scholarship. The scholarship includes:

• Full tuition fee,
• Monthly stipend (living expenses covering: subsistence expenses and accommodation expenses),
• Travel from home/ place of origin,
• Student medical aid (12 months).

Selected students will be required to be self-sufficient from February/April 2021, as their living allowance will be paid in the month of May.
They will be responsible for organizing their own travel to Johannesburg and covering the related costs (travel costs will be refunded in the first half of the academic year) as well as for organizing their accomodation in Johannesburg.

Duration of Award: The master’s scholarship covers the duration of one academic year.

How to Apply for Wits-TUB-UNILAG Urban Lab Postgraduate Scholarships:

Call for Masters Scholarships

The call for masters scholarships for 2022 is currently open. To access the call for Sub-Saharan African nationals, click here. The closing date is 30 September 2021. To access the call for South African nationals, click here. The closing date is 31 October 2021.

The Masters Bursaries are for the following 1 year full time degree:

Call for PhD Scholarships

The call for PhD applications is open for South African applicants. The closing date is 15 October 2021.

It is important to go through the application guidelines and FAQ before applying for this Award

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