Sub-Saharan_Africa_definition_UNSub-Saharan Africa Planning and Design Scholarship

Starting from 2016, the Department of Urbanism of the TU Delft provides one partial scholarship to students from Sub-Saharan Africa aged between 21 and 26 to participate in the Summer School.

From 2017, Delft Global Initiative will provide one scholarship for one excellent African student to attend the Summer School.

The scholarship covers the travel costs and daily costs during the Summer School (food and transportation). Accommodation is provided separately.

[The deadline for submission of applications was March 10th 2017. Scholarships for next year’s edition will be open from February 01 2018. Check the other scholarship possibility below: the prize for the RETHINK the CITY course]

Selection process

We are looking for exceptionally motivated individuals with excellent communication skills, leadership qualities and capacity to work in a group, who can demonstrate they will give a notable contribution to the Summer School and who can act as multipliers of the knowledge acquired in their home institutions.

Selected students are expected to act as ambassadors for TU Delft, the Department of Urbanism and the Delft Global Initiative and will help promote our learning philosophy and values.

This scholarship is only available to students from Sub-Saharan Africa (including Sudan). We strongly encourage female students to apply . (Please read our “diversity and opportunity” policy HERE).

Application for the scholarship ARE NOW OPEN. Please, fill in the form below AND download our INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO APPLY HERE.

The selection process will involve the following steps:

  1. Expression of interest from institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa .(see form below) (January 2017).
  2. Pre-selection of candidates by African institutions (February 2017).
  3. Evaluation of CV and letter of motivation from students (March 2017).
  4. Skype interview (end of March 2017)
  5. Announcement of recipients (beginning of April 2017)
  6. Students will be provided with an invitation letter and assistance to obtain a Dutch visa. Visas are granted by the competent Dutch authorities and TU Delft has no say in the process. Students will be expected to travel to the Netherlands in July 2017 (exact dates will be announced later).


The first recipient of the Summer School Scholarship was Fitsum Abera Angasa from the EiABC in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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Hello! My name is Fitsum Abera Angasa. I was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 1989. In 2007, I joined the Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development of the Addis Ababa University ( AAU – EiABC), and I got my bachelor in Architecture and Urban Planning in 2013. After two and half years in the practice, I got the chance to be an assistant lecturer at EiABC, in the chair of Basic Architectural Design in 2015. I am really interested to assist students and I love my work.

I was so excited when I was selected to receive a scholarship for the Summer School Planning and Design with Water. The summer school helped me learn the core values and processes in spatial planning and design. The summer school was well coordinated with many lectures by TU Delft professors, researchers and government officials, as well as site visits. We also worked in a group project which deals with water issues in Scheveningen, a harbor area, located in the west of The Hague.

At last I can proudly say that my summer school in TU Delft was fruitful , I took a lesson that can be applied in real practice and can be shared in my university.

Text by Fitsum Abera, Bachelor of Architecture and Urban Planning. EiABC-AAU-Addis Ababa University



This scholarship is provided by the Delft Global Initiative. “Delft Global Initiative focuses on problem-oriented interdisciplinary technical research on pressing societal challenges in the developing world, to meaningfully improve lives of people living in poverty”.

‘Rethink the City’ MOOC Prize

arch_rtc1_edx_318x210-2One leading participant of the online course RETHINK THE CITY: New approaches to Global and Local Urban Challenges will be selected to come to Delft to participate in the 2017 Summer School “Planning  and Design with Water”.

This course helps you explore alternative theories and innovative solutions for urban challenges in the global south. For more information, please click  HERE.

This Rethink the City prize will cover the costs of the tuition fee for the summer school, the costs of board and lodging in Delft during the period of the summer school, and the travel costs to The Netherlands. The selection criteria for this prize will be communicated upon the course start.

What is the ‘Rethink the City’ online course?

In this massive online course (MOOC), you’ll learn about today’s urban challenges focusing on developing countries. We will debate the benefits of three pathways, going beyond traditional urban strategies and policies:

  1. Spatial justice

Spatial justice is undoubtedly one of the greatest challenges of urban contexts in emerging economies.

  1. Housing Provision and Management

Increasing demand in the global south calls for alternative approaches in housing provision and management.

  1. Urban Resilience

Understanding resilience not as a mere struggle for survival, but as an opportunity to build better urban environments.

We will discuss question such as:

  • Is the just city framework applicable in cities with extreme socio-economic inequality?
  • Can community-led housing initiatives provide effective solutions for households in need?
  • How can resilience support development instead of perpetuating a disadvantaged condition?

In this course elaborated at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of the TU Delft, academic urban planning expertise  is used to formulate possible answers to these questions, and is applied in a range of challenging case studies in Ghana, Brazil, Malaysia, Chile, and China, among others. This course offers you a new perspective to understand and analyse the urban challenges of the global south.

Through a combination of short theoretical lessons, presentation of case studies, testimonies from practitioners and practical assignments you will also learn how to develop a critical perspective about your own urban environment and how to translate this knowledge into analytical tools and innovative urban solutions.

This course is designed for undergraduate and master level students of architecture, urban planning and disciplines related to urban themes. Nevertheless, anyone interested on debating spatial justice, urban resilience and housing provision and management are welcome.

No previous knowledge in urban planning or global south is required, just your eagerness to learn! Enrol HERE and get the chance to come to the Summer School!