PhD Scholarships in Development Studies or Population Studies, 2019

The School of Built Environment and Development Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal, is pleased to announce two PhD Scholarships for 2019. 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. Students who receive these bursaries will work on a thesis topic aligned with the focus areas of the Chair and they will be supervised by Professor Pranitha Maharaj.

The purpose of the Chair is to promote and undertake research on economic development. Proposals on the following broad topic areas are strongly recommended:

  • family dynamics
  • migration
  • population aging.

Applications which intend to use either or both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies are welcome.

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.

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;

The deadline for the application is 20 December 2018. Applications should be submitted via email to Ms Shanaaz Rademeyer ( and Professor Pranitha Maharaj

( with NRF PHD SCHOLARSHIP 2019 in the subject line.