The Wits-TUB-UNILAG Urban Lab Scholarships Programme 2023 in Urban Studies.

Deadline: 30th of September, 2022

The Wits-TUB-UNILAG Urban Lab Programme is built on a partnership agreement between the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), the University of Lagos (UNILAG) and the Technische Universität Berlin (TUB).

This collaboration seeks to contribute to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of 2015 and the New Urban Agenda (NUA) of 2016 on the sub-Saharan African continent. The New Urban Agenda (NUA) in particular calls for integrated approaches to urban planning and management as a central element of an “Urban Paradigm Shift”. It recognises the need for institutional capacity development as an important “enabling condition”.

The Wits-TUB-UNILAG Urban Lab makes its contribution through a ‘Postgraduate SDG School’, in the form of an enhancement of the postgraduate training offered in the School of Architecture and Planning at Wits (a leading university on this continent) in close collaboration with the Habitat Unit at TUB and Centre for Housing and Sustainable Development at UNILAG.

The Wits-TUB-UNILAG Urban Lab programme is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) from 2016 to 2020. An extension of the programme has been granted from 2021 to 2025.

Masters Scholarships

Under the Wits-TUB-UNILAG Urban Lab, the School of Architecture and Planning at Wits University streamlined its previous masters degrees into the fields of specialisation under a common Master of Urban Studies (MUS), and in 2019 introduced the Urban Management (UM) field. The curriculum of the MUS (UM) was developed in collaboration with the Habitat Unit at TUB, which offers a Masters in Urban Management.

Each year from 2017, the programme has funded masters students at the School of Architecture and Planning at Wits.

The Masters Bursaries are for the following 1 year full time degree:


  • An honours or equivalent degree with a minimum average of 65%.
  • ‘Differently qualified’ candidates who are considered for admission are those with substantial work experience (minimum four years) in the field of urban policy/development/management at senior management level, but with formal qualifications at lower levels (three year university or former technikon degree). The procedure we apply in assessing applications from differently qualified candidates involves a personal interview with members of the selection committee. Differently qualified candidates must submit their applications early to allow for the interview procedure.

Please note that a compulsory assignment has to be submitted by all applicants.

Click here for more information and to apply

Oyin Olufayo

Oyin Olufayo is a Sustainable Development Goals Advocate. A recent graduate of The School of Politics, Policy, and Governance (SPPG) She is a Technical Writer, Political Writer, and a Content Writer. Her passion for sustainable development goals has been implemented by creating tangible solutions. She has featured in grassroots initiatives like TedX, World Literacy Foundation, Spur Nation Media, FRCN, Naija Law and etc. spreading the impact of Sustainable education, and also facilitated numerous events regarding SDGs.

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