The Faculty holds a number of named and other scholarships for undergraduate and postgraduate Law students, in support of student fees.
The Faculty's undergraduate scholarships are focused on supporting transformation and redress, targeting South African students with historical and current disadvantage who would not otherwise be able to fund their studies. These scholarships vary in name, amount, application process, and renewability. Since there are a very limited number of scholarships available, selection is competitive and is ultimately based on academic excellence and grades.
The Faculty's postgraduate scholarships are based on academic merit, with a number of named scholarships focused on particular research interests.
The links below will assist you in determining whether you are eligible to apply for an undergraduate or postgraduate Law Scholarship. Applications are very competitive and decisions are made primarily on academic achievement.
UCT runs a strong financial support programme, and there is plenty of information available on how the various support packages are structured. In addition, external funding opportunities for undergraduate Law students can be sourced in the Undergraduate Bursaries handbook available here, while UCT runs a dedicated Postgraduate Funding unit to provide information and guidance on postgraduate funding options and opportunities.
For more information about undergraduate scholarship applications, contact Gaby Ritchie in the Law Faculty's Marketing Office.
** NEW SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY
The Faculty is delighted to announce the launch of a new scholarship, with applications open now for the first time (and closing 15 Feb 2021).
The Everard and Joan MacFarlane Family Leadership Scholarship is a prestigious new two-year scholarship award, established by a Faculty alumnus and his family, for University of Cape Town Law students in their intermediate and final year of their LLB programme. Awards are made to students in, or going into, their intermediate year of study. Students who have completed their prelminary courses are eligible to apply.
This scholarship is geared to contribute to the demographic transformation of the Law Faculty student body and, in turn, the South African legal profession. As such, black South African students registered in the UCT Law Faculty in their Prelim year of study (or Prelim B for 4-yr LLB students), on UCT Gap or Bursary funding, are eligible to apply. Selection is primarily based on academic performance and MacFarlane Leadership Scholars are expected to have an excellent academic record.
In particular, successful applicants will be able to demonstrate leadership potential and social engagement through a history of participation in student life and leadership, and a commitment to social justice. Applicants will be able to provide evidence of a practical commitment to improving the lives of disadvantaged groups or communities.
The scholarship award is valued at R75,000 per annum, for a maximum of two years, to be paid into the recipient’s fee account. Renewal of the scholarship for the second year is dependent upon satisfactory academic performance in the first year, and full participation in the related programme activity outlined below. Please use the scholarship-specific application form available here for download.
GENERAL CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR 2021
The Call for Applications for 2021 scholarships opens 1 December 2020, and closes 15 February 2021 - and these must be applied for on the official application form (see 4 above). Decisions are communicated only after registration is completed for the applicable academic year.
External Undergraduate Scholarship Opportunities
1. The Legal Practitioners Fidelity Fund offers bursaries to students either entering the 2-year graduate LLB programme, with a Law undergraduate degree, or students going into their third year of a 4-year LLB. This bursary is available for a maximum of two years. To apply, call the LPF directly on 021 424 4608 or email them for more information. All of the information on eligibility and "how to" is available in the Bursary Flyer. The closing date for applications for this bursary is 15 AUGUST each year.
2. The UCT Handbook on Financial Aid for Undergraduate Students includes a comprehensive list of external bursary and scholarship opportunities appropriate for Law students. Please consult this handbook in detail, and follow up on listed opportunities.
2. The Linklaters African International Scholarship - for UCT Law students from elsewhere on the continent, this is a new scholarship from Linklaters. Please keep an eye on this page with regard to call for applications for 2021.
Please contact the Faculty Office for more information.
The Faculty of Law, through its own fundraising efforts and donor support and legacies, has a number of scholarships in support of postgraduate study every year. Some scholarships are awarded on application, while others are awarded based purely on merit at the discretion of the Law Faculty Postgraduate Scholarships Committee. Full information is available from the Law Faculty Office or in the Faculty Handbook.
The main Law Faculty scholarships include:
1. Excellence in Law Postgraduate Scholarships: The Faculty of Law has raised donor funding to be able to offer scholarships to postgraduate students. Eligibility is not limited to South Africans. Several scholarships are available annually, at LLM, MPhil and PhD level. These are awarded based primarily on academic merit, although financial need may also be a consideration.
Closing date: 26 February | Value: R60 000 for LLM or MPhil students and R90 000 for PhD students
Tenure: One year for LLM or MPhil students. Renewable for PhD students for a further two years depending on satisfactory progress.
2. Law Faculty Masters and Doctoral Scholarships: To encourage postgraduate research, the Law Faculty makes four awards to suitable candidates for master's or doctoral degrees by thesis at UCT. This funding is to be regarded as a form of bridging finance to give students contemplating higher degrees the security of knowing that their financial needs will be met for the first year of their studies, which is a critical period in their progress. Successful candidates must also make application to the University Scholarships Committee and other appropriate sources for scholarship funding. Any award from external sources that takes financial support beyond the level of R170 000 per annum for a master's student or R220 000 per annum for a doctoral student will then be deducted from the scholarship granted by the Faculty.
Closing dates: 26 February and 15 June [the June date may change in 2021] | Value: R84 000 | Tenure: One year (renewable, depending on satisfactory progress, once only).
3. Basil & Con Corder Scholarship - In 1997, a scholarship was established in terms of the wishes of the late Basil Corder. The scholarship is awarded to a University of Cape Town graduate in law who is registered at the University of Cape Town for the LLM degree by coursework and minor dissertation, on the basis of financial need, proven academic merit and having displayed a concern for the wider community through service individually or in voluntary organisations. Preference will be given to an applicant who will be completing part of the degree at a university outside South Africa. In the event of no award or insufficient awards of the Basil and Con Corder Scholarship for LLM studies, the scholarship may be awarded to an applicant registered for the Intermediate or Final Level LLB, on the basis of financial need, proven academic merit and indication of concern for the wider community, as set out above.
Closing date: 26 February | Value: Variable (approximately R10 000) | Tenure: One year.
4. Ethel Walt Human Rights Scholarship - Ethel Walt was a human rights activist who directed her passion for social justice through her work in the Black Sash. This scholarship is awarded towards tuition for the LLM or MPhil programme in Social Justice or Human Rights Law by coursework and minor dissertation. Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate proven community involvement of some kind, and a commitment to engaging in community issues after graduation.
Closing date: 26 February | Value: R10 000 | Tenure: One year.
5. Faculty International Student Bursaries - The Faculty awards bursaries for Postgraduate Diploma and coursework Masters students which will reduce the International Term Fee. These are awarded based on academic merit, financial need and Faculty requirements. Further details may be found in section 5.7 of the Student Fees book.
Closing dates: 26 February and 15 June [June date may change in 2021] | Value: Variable
6. Sir William Solomon Memorial Scholarship - In 1939 Miss Emile Jane Solomon bequeathed R10 000 to the University to establish a scholarship in memory of her brother, the late Sir William Solomon MA KCSI KCMG, formerly Chief Justice of the Union of South Africa. The scholarship is available for candidates taking research degrees in law by thesis only.
Closing dates: 26 February and 15 June [June date may change in 2021] | Value: R20 000 (variable) | Tenure: One year (renewable depending on satisfactory progress).
7. Wilfred Kramer Law Grants and Scholarships - For students pursuing postgraduate Law studies at UCT. Limited funds are also available for students who wish to participate in an approved exchange programme at an overseas university; where students do part of the LLM coursework at an approved overseas university and the balance of coursework as well as the minor dissertation at UCT Law Faculty.
Closing dates: 26 February and 15 June [June date may change in 2021] | Value: Variable | Tenure: One year (renewable depending on satisfactory progress).
8. Alexander Burman Memorial Grant - In recognition and memory of Professor Sandra Burman and her father Alexander Burman (in whose memory Professor Burman requested the Scholarship be established), the Faculty of Law has established a named scholarship from the proceeds of a very generous legacy left to the Faculty by Professor Burman. This scholarship is for women PhD students focused on socio-legal studies.
Closing date: 26 February | Value: R100,000 | Tenure: One year (not renewable)
9. Beric Croome Postgraduate Tax Law Scholarship - Generous financial support from Dr Beric Croome, an Advocate of the High Court and qualified CA who completed a PhD in Tax law in this Faculty in 2008, has enabled the establishment of a scholarship fund which has since been boosted in Dr Croome's memory by contributions in his name from family, friends and colleagues. From this endowment an annual scholarship of R10 000 will be awarded to a student undertaking postgraduate tax law studies.
Closing date: 26 February| Value: R10 000 | Tenure: One year
10. The Linklaters African International Scholarship - for UCT Law students from elsewhere on the continent, this is a new scholarship from Linklaters for LLM students. Please keep an eye on this page for information about a possible call for applications for 2021.
Closing date: 26 February | Value: R50 000 | Tenure: One year
11. The Dikgang Moseneke Postgraduate Fellowship - This fellowship has been established by UCT Faculty of Law, in recognition of the contribution Justice Dikgang Moseneke has made to the field of Law in South Africa. The fellowship is focused on suitable candidates in postgraduate studies (LLM and PhD degrees), a major component of which would be a thesis within the broad area of law, justice and society. The fellowship is intended to promote and encourage academic research into areas of legal theory and practice, and their impact on social justice, democracy, constitutionalism, public accountability, development, and social change.
Closing date: 26 February | Value: R140 000 for PhD; R90 000 for Masters | Tenure: 1 year (renewable, depending on progress, for research degrees; non-renewable for coursework Masters)
Scholarships awarded without application
1. Ilse Lowissohn Grants - In 1984 a sum of R10 000 was bequeathed to the University by the late Miss Ilse Lowissohn for the purpose of providing a grant to assist a graduate of the Faculty of Law to undertake courses of postgraduate study in legal history or comparative law at an overseas university. Candidates are selected annually by the WP Schreiner Professor of Law from graduates of the faculty who have shown interest in the historical and comparative dimensions of Roman-Dutch law. Recipients must be registered or intend to register for an approved course of postgraduate study at an overseas university and use the grant to further their knowledge of Roman Law or one of the modern civil law jurisdictions.
2. Ina Ackermann Scholarship - A scholarship in memory of the late Ina Ackermann was established in the Faculty of Law from contributions donated to the Ina Ackermann Memorial Fund by family, friends and colleagues. The scholarship is awarded annually in recognition of the importance which Ms Ackermann attached to the role of women in the practising legal profession and is awarded to a woman graduate of the Faculty of Law at UCT who proceeds to the full-time first semester programme offered by the School for Legal Practice. Factors considered when making the award would include academic achievement, financial need and potential for success in the practising legal profession.
Value: Variable | Tenure: Six months
External Scholarship Opportunities
1. The Harry Crossley Foundation Research Fellowship 2020 - Applications for 2020 are closed.
2. The Mastercard Foundation - Applications for 2020 closed in June 2019. See below for details and application forms - but also check www.mcfsp.uct.ac.za for further information on how to apply..
UCT Postgraduate Funding
1. Master’s And Doctoral Degrees - Application For UCT Financial Support For South African And Permanent Resident Students (Via Postgraduate Funding Form 10a) - for more information, call 021 650 2141/1917 or email email@example.com
Students who intend registering toward a Master’s or Doctoral qualification at UCT may be eligible to apply for financial support. Such support, depending on eligibility and selection criteria, includes either financial need and/or merit bursaries.
In line with the UCT transformation agenda, in allocating funding for these awards, priority will be given to funding Black South African and permanent resident applicants who qualify for financial need. In the current context “Black” includes African, Coloured and Indian students. “Financial need” refers to students who qualify via the National Means Test for either Financial Aid (where gross annual family income <R350 000) or GAP tuition bursaries (where annual gross family income is between R350 000 and R600 000).
It is critical for prospective students to also source other awards for which they may be eligible, such as from the National Research Foundation (NRF), the department/Research group where the student will be registered, as well as through other external sources such as private/external donors. For details of all awards administered via the Postgraduate Funding Office, see http://www.students.uct.ac.za/students/fees-funding/postgraduate-degree-funding/noticeboard/.
(i.e. Only applicants who have applied for an academic place via the UCT’s Admissions Office will be considered for funding).
Conditions of Financial need or Merit award
Financial need eligibility criteria
Value of Financial need awards
Value of Merit awards
2. International/ Refugee Scholarships for Postgraduate Full-Time Students (FORM 10C) - Closing date: 31 July preceding the year of study. Intended for full-time Honours, Masters and Doctoral International students and Refugees. For enquiries please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 021 650 1917/ 2141/ 3629
A limited number of scholarships are available annually to international and refugee students for postgraduate study in any discipline at UCT. As there is only one call for applications each year, it is important that the application procedure is strictly followed. These scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis and preference is given to senior candidates.
All UCT international and refugee students' scholarships are supplementary as a contribution towards Cost of Attendance. Students who apply must have the means to fund their studies.
Honours – R25 000
Master’s – R30 000
Doctoral – R35 000
The scholarships are renewable for the duration of the course of study, if satisfactory progress is maintained, for 1 year at honours level, 2 at master's level and 3 at doctoral level. Students who are eligible for renewals of awards made, may apply for such renewals by completing Form 10F.
Applicants must apply for full-time admission through the UCT admissions office or the faculty office. Late applications are not accepted.
Closing date: 30 September (preceding the year of study)
If you are a Master's by Research or Doctoral applicant and have a prospective/established supervisor, please download Section E.
The applicant's country of origin has no bearing on the award of scholarships, but proof of refugee status is required