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EUSA_ID - a new Erasmus-Mundus Action 2 Project linking South Africa and Europe in the field of Development Studies

EUSA_ID is a mobility programme offering study, training and research periods in Europe for South African Master, PhD candidates and staff (academic and administrative). It also provides European PhD candidates the opportunity to spend a research period in South Africa. In all, 84 research institution (18 European, 66 South African) receive funding for Master students, PhD candidates and staff. The partnership, coordinated by the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (I EE/Germany) from the European side and the University of the Western Cape (UWC) from the South Africa, shares the expertise in complementary thematic fields related to Development Studies. This field forms a common ground for the project.


On European Side the following partner universities are involved:

•    Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (Coordinator)

•    Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands, International Institute of Social Studies

•    University Duisburg-Essen, Germany, Institute of Political Science

•    University of Bordeaux 1, France, Les Afriques dans le Monde (LAM)

•    University Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, France, Economic Department

•    Palacký University, Czech Republic, Department of Development Studies

•    University of Jyväskylä, Finland, Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy

On South African Side the following partner universities are involved:

•    University of the Western Cape, Institute for Social Development (joint coordinator)

•    Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Department of Development Studies

•    University of Cape Town, Department of Economics

•    University of Fort Hare, Department of Development Studies

•    University of KwaZulu Natal, School of Built Environment and Development Studies

•    University of Limpopo, Turfloop Graduate School of Leadership

The project is supported by 3 associated partners, who foster promotion of the project and provide support related to facilitate study recognition and quality assurance.

 These are the

•    South African Development Studies Association, SADSA

•    Cape Higher Education Consortium , CHEC

•    European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes, EADI

EUSA_ID aims at promoting intercultural understanding and at fostering institutional cooperation between European and South African HEIs. The cooperation is expected to contribute to the development of academic and administrative capacity of South African HEIs and to enhanced collaboration between HEIs highly experienced in the management of international cooperation projects and those which are still in the process of building strong networks.

 All applicants must have sufficient English language knowledge.

Further Information:

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South African German Centre for Development Research Scholarships

The CDR at the University of the Western Cape offers a small number of merit scholarships from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for the MA and M Econ in Development Studies. Scholarship applicants should have an excellent academic record in any social science, economics or in public administration and other management sciences. Only students with an average upper second or first class grade for their previous degree(s) are be considered. Deadline for application from Sub-Saharan Africa is 31st July annually.

Applicants receives information about the status of their application within the 1st week of September. Successful applicants can then apply for admission to the courses of their choice at UWC before the 15th of September and can also apply for university accommodation.

For more information regarding this scholarship, visit ( You can equally write to for further enquiries. Information on the courses offered can be obtained on  (go to Institutes, then to Institute for Social Development).

All scholarship applications must be made online.



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Honours students may apply via the NRF (National Research Foundation) website for scholarships or grants: and



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