The Institute of Housing and Urban Development (IHS) works at the forefront of urban development. IHS advises local and national governments on urban issues, trains public works officials, contributes to the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) discussion and much more.

IHS works with global leaders in the field of urban development, including UN-Habitat, Cities Alliance and ICLEI. IHS also delivers education programmes in the field of urban development to develop the next generation of urban managers.

Eligible programme

Urban Management and Development (master's programme)

This master's programme is a 12-month English-taught multidisciplinary programme offered in 6 specialisation tracks:

  1. Urban Economic Development and Resilience: innovative and entrepreneurial cities in a global economy
  2. Urban Housing, Equity and Social Justice: adequate housing from a human rights and gender perspective
  3. Urban Environment, Sustainability and Climate Change: nature-based solutions for smart and resilient cities
  4. Strategic Urban Planning and Policy: managing socio-spatial dynamics for sustainable cities
  5. Urban Land Governance for Sustainable Development: bridging land, water and natural resources
  6. Infrastructure and Green Cities: managing sustainable water, transport, energy, waste and drainage services

Cities are in a constant state of unprecedented change. Global population movements create multi-level physical, economic, environmental and social challenges. To remain sustainable, livable and competitive, cities need urban managers who are well-trained in policy development and good governance.

The programme is designed to equip students with the skills to solve contemporary urban issues in their countries through progressive policy-making. A key feature of the programme is the use of comparative methodologies to discuss urban issues, policies and trends from around the world.

Please refer to the the programme's web page for more information.


The IHS classroom is comprised of mid-level professionals with rich and varied experiences from more than 45 countries. Typical backgrounds include architecture, engineering, planning, economics, social science, environmental science and housing. Although they come from many different backgrounds, all IHS students are looking to become accomplished urban managers, able to lead teams and drive change in cities.

IHS contributes to the OTS scholarship scheme each year to provide financial assistance to urban professionals looking to develop their career in the field of urban development

Scholarship details

Scholarships available

1 scholarship per country, for students from:

  • Brazil
  • China
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • South Korea
  • Mexico
  • Russia
  • Vietnam
  • South Africa

Value of the scholarship

Total value of the scholarship: € 3,000

Duration of scholarship

Entire duration of the studies (12 months)


Academic requirement

Bachelor’s degree

English level

  • TOEFL iBT minimum score: 575 (paper-based), 232 (computer-based), 90 (internet based)
  • IELTS minimum score: 6.5
  • Other diplomas: completion of full university degree through the English medium may act as waiver for an English language test


2.1, B grade, or equivalent

Working experience needed?

No, working experience is not a requirement.

More information

Contact person


How to apply

Application deadline

1 April 2021

Documentation to provide

  • Orange Tulip Scholarship application form.
  • Motivation letter specifically written for OTS. This letter is different than the general motivation letter for the programme as it focuses on the reasons why you think you need to be selected for OTS.

Terms and conditions

By applying for OTS you agree to the Orange Tulip Scholarship terms and conditions.

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