University of KwaZulu-Natal Offers PhD Scholarships in Development/Population Studies in South Africa, 2019

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Scholarship Description:

The School of Built Environment and Development Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal is inviting applications for two PhD Scholarships for 2019. Scholarships are available for South Africa students.

The purpose of the Chair is to promote and undertake research on economic development.

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Host College/University:

The University of KwaZulu-Natal or UKZN is a university with five campuses in the province of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. It was formed on 1 January 2004 after the merger between the University of Natal and the University of Durban-Westville.

Degree level:

Scholarships are available to pursue PhD program.

Field of Study:

Proposals on the following broad topic areas are strongly recommended:

  1. Family dynamics
  2. Migration
  3. Population aging.

Scholarship Award: 

 Two scholarships are available. There are a limited number of PhD Scholarships made available by the DST/NRF South African Research Chair in Economic Development, held by Professor Pranitha Maharaj.


Applicants must be South African.

Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible to apply:

  • PhD applicants must have a completed Masters Degree at least an upper second or ideally a first for the modules for which they completed (above 70% or equivalent) (preferably, but not limited to the disciplines of Population and Development Studies);
  • Applicants are required to be accepted and registered as a full-time PhD student in the discipline of Population and Development Studies;
  • Applicants must be South African.

Applying procedure Instructions:

Applications should be submitted via email to Ms Shanaaz Rademeyer ( and Professor Pranitha Maharaj ( with NRF PHD SCHOLARSHIP 2019 in the subject line.

Bursary applications should consist of:

  1. A letter of motivation;
  2. A C.V;
  3. Full academic records;
  4. The contact details of two academic referees;
  5. A summary research proposal of 2 pages;

Scholarship Official Web Links:

Scholarship Link: ◄–

Scholarship Deadline:

December 20, 2018.

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