30 June, 2019.


South Africa.

(Partially Funded)


Call for Applications: NELGA research fellowships on land and gender – University of the Western Cape

PLAAS is an independent Policy Research Institute within the Faculty for Economic and Management Sciences at the University of the Western Cape.

NELGA invites its partner institutions’ staff members or students with a background in land governance or gender studies to apply for funding for research fellowships on Land and Gender.

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  • The Network of Excellence for Land Governance in Africa (NELGA) is a partnership of leading African universities and research institutions with proven leadership in education, training and research on land governance.
  • At the end of the fellowship the fellow must provide a detailed report on the implementation of the field study and its findings.
  • It can only be awarded once per year.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • land governance.
  • gender studies.
  • Plant and Crop Sciences.
  • Farm Management.
  • Biology.
  • Physical Geography.
  • Gender and women’s studies.
  • Development Studies.

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

3 months.

It covers a research period from one month to a maximum of three months.

The fellowship cannot start earlier than 3 months after the application.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

Applicants must:

  • Have completed at least a first university degree (undergraduate) at a state or state-recognized institution of higher education.
  • Return to their studies at the end of the fellowship.
  • Be nationals of an African country.
  • Be granted leave of absence by their home institution for the purpose of conducting a field study.
  • Female applicants and candidates from less privileged regions or groups are especially encouraged to participate in the programme.
  • Must have a background in land governance land management or a related field, including land administration and management, land economics, natural resource economics, environmental economics, development economics, real estate development and management, environmental law, development studies, urban and regional planning, urban development and management, geomatics (GIS & Surveying), geography, natural resource management, agriculture economics and other land related fields with strong relevance to land and national development.

 Eligible research fields:

Research proposals are eligible for funding if they are conducted in the area of land governance or other related fields. The following cross-cutting issues will be given special consideration:

  • Women’s legal land rights and law enforcement mechanisms.
  • Access to land resources and land titles (de jure and de facto).
  • Women’s role in land tenure governance and land reform – i.e. their participation in decision-making bodies and community governance Property rights within marriage and on inheritance.

The most important selection criteria are:

  • A convincing and well-planned research project.
  • Academic achievements.

Opportunity Cost

(Partially Funded)

The fellowship consists of:

A flat-rate travel allowance: EUR 280 for in-country, EUR 430 for neighbouring countries, EUR 630 for in-region, EUR 980 for out of region;
A monthly research/study allowance of EUR 460.

The fellowship does not cover living expenses. The funds will be transferred to the German Embassy, the institution in the host country or the fellowship holder’s personal bank account.

How to Apply

First Step: Register online via the DAAD-Portal

Second Step: prepare your documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae (please use the Europass format available here including (list of publications if applicable.
  •  Detailed description of the research proposal and a description of previous research work (max. 10 pages).
  •  Schedule of planned research work.
  • Letter confirming supervision by an academic adviser at the host institute, which refers to the applicant’s proposal and confirms that the host institute will provide a workplace (not applicable for studies in the field).
  • Copy of university diplomas / certificates and transcripts of record of all annual academic examinations (incl. explanation of grading system);
  •  One recent reference from a university teacher which provides information .about the applicant qualifications.
  • Any additional documents supporting the academic relevance of the research proposal or providing information. about pertinent extracurricular activities of the applicant will also be considered in the assessment.

Third Step: Apply here.

For consultation with DAAD, please contact:
Ms Jana Bömer,

Ms Luisa Prior,

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