Masters scholarship opportunity at ICLEI Africa

ICLEI Africa, supported by the Canadian International Development Research Centre (IDRC), is offering a Masters Scholarship for 2018 and 2019.

The project, funded by the IDRC, to which the Masters students’ research will contribute, is called: Improved Municipal Planning in African CiTies − IMPACT − for a climate resilient urban future, which will be implemented in Malawi and Zimbabwe from 2018 – 2020.

The overall objective of this research is to identify and understand how to enable IMPACT mechanisms that contribute to climate resilient development in African cities. IMPACT mechanisms are defined here as processes/ interventions that enable collaboration between diverse sets of stakeholders, for improved municipal planning. The specific objectives of this research project are:

  1. To understand how different African city stakeholders understand climate resilient development.
  2. To develop locally relevant criteria for the assessment of the effectiveness of IMPACT mechanisms in contributing to climate resilient development.
  3. To identify and assess the barriers and enablers of IMPACT mechanisms currently in place in four cities in Malawi and Zimbabwe.
  4. To assess in what ways tailor-made IMPACT mechanisms can be successful in enabling climate resilient development.
  5.  To develop guidelines for the implementation of IMPACT mechanisms that contribute to climate resilient development, which can be applied in local government policies and plans.
  6. To build the capacity of stakeholders engaged in the project to implement contextually relevant IMPACT mechanisms that contribute to climate resilient development.

Value and Tenure The Master’s scholarship is valued at R 130 000 in 2018 and R 140 000 in 2019. The award is tenable for the first and second year of Master’s study only. Renewal for a 3rd year, and beyond, will not be considered. The second year of the tenure of the award will be contingent on satisfactory academic progress and adherence to the two-year time-frame for completion of the degree.

Academic Criteria: Applicants must have achieved their Honour’s degree with either distinction or as a top performing student.

Interested candidates are required to submit the following:

  • A letter of interest indicating the intended area of study and how it will link and contribute to the achievements of the IMPACT project objectives.
  • A certified copy of the applicant’s South African Identify Document, study permit, or letter indicating the applicant’s intention to apply for the latter if awarded the scholarship.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Certified copies of all academic transcripts.
  • References from at least two academics who have taught or supervised the candidate in a postgraduate degree.


Enquiries and completed applications must be forwarded to:

The closing date for applications is 16 February 2018.                                                                     

For more details refer to the attached advert: ICLEI Africa Masters advert_.




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