Call for applications: Wits-TUB Urban Lab postgraduate scholarships

01 Jun 2017
Call for applications: Wits-TUB Urban Lab postgraduate scholarships

The Wits-TUB Urban Lab has called for applications for a series of master's scholarships. The deadline for applications is 30 June 2017.

The bilateral Wits-TUB Urban Lab programme, supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), seeks to improve graduate education in urban fields across sub-Saharan Africa. Both lead partners (the Habitat Unit at the School of Architecture of the Technische Universität Berlin, and the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of the Witwatersrand) offer a new urban-oriented graduate and postgraduate training and capacity building programme that effectively addresses key contemporary challenges and needs.


The programme includes bilateral exchange activities, workshops and conferences implemented through the Wits-TUB Urban Lab and will focus on four innovation areas that address SDG implementation in urban areas: 

  • Integrated approaches towards SDG implementation 
  • Implementation tools 
  • Political context for urbanisation 
  • Practice orientation: Wits-TUB Urban Studio 

The scholarship recipients will benefit from guest lectures, a joint supervision scheme and a summer school held at Wits University.

Supported programmes

The masters scholarships apply to the following one-year, full-time degrees at Wits University in Johannesburg, supported by a bilateral programme with TU Berlin: 

  • Master of Architecture in the field of Sustaiable and Energy Efficient Cities
  • MSc Development Planning
  • Master of the Built Environment in the field of Housing
  • Masters of Urban Studies

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


The master's scholarship covers the duration of one academic year. 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 including: subsistence expences, accommodation, other costs) 
  • Travel from home country/ place of origin is covered.


Scholarships are open to : 

  • South African citizens 
  • Citizens from other countries in sub-Saharan Africa 
  • Applicants must possess the requisite qualifications to be granted the scholarship. 

There is no age limit applying to scholarships for study purposes. However, at the time of the application, no more than six years should have passed since an applicant graduated from their previous bachelor or master studies. All scholarship applicants must have applied for admission to the relevant degree (as per above list) at Wits University and be in possession of a ‘person number’ which is issued upon application for admission.


Please donwload and read the the call for applications document for further information on the application process.

 The deadline for applications is 30 June 2017

Application results will be announced in October 2017.

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