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Undergraduate Scholarships

For more information about undergraduate scholarship applications, contact Gaby Ritchie in the Law Faculty's Marketing Office.

Please note:

  1. Financial need and previous/ historical disadvantage will be the qualifying criteria for consideration. Applications will then be assessed on academic merit. Please note that in light of the withdrawal of NSFAS support for graduate LLB students, the application process has become increasingly competitive, so decisions will ultimately be based on academic record and performance. 
  2. If students who are awarded Law Faculty scholarships based on academic merit then subsequently are awarded NSFAS funding, the Law Scholarship may be adjusted/ reduced/ rescinded accordingly.
  3. Scholarship applications are considered by the Faculty's Undergraduate Scholarships Committee.
  4. The application form will be made available when the call for applications opens on 30 November.
  5. All applications must include an official up-to-date transcript or matric certificate.
  6. DEADLINE: to be confirmed.


The Faculty is delighted to announce the launch of a new scholarship, for which our first awards were made in March 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, this scholarship is for law students with financial need who are previously disadvantaged South African citizens, and who also meet the criteria related to leadership and social engagement. Therefore black (broadly black) South African students registered in the UCT Law Faculty in their Prelim year of study (or Prelim B for 4-yr LLB students), who will be doing their Intermediate year this year, 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 once the call for application is open. 


The Call for Applications for both Excellence in Law and the Everard and Joan Macfarlane Family Leadership Scholarships opens in November/ December of the year preceding the year for which funding is being applied. Closing dates vary, in line with the current status of our covid-impacted academic calendar, so keep an eye out for updates on this page. Scholarships must be applied for on the official application form (see 4 above, except for the Macfarlane Scholarship which has a separate form). Decisions are usually communicated within a month of the closing date. 

The Linklaters African International Scholarship will be available for 2022, on a slightly amended basis - so watch here for updates. This scholarship is for an intermediate-year LLB student from elsewhere on the continent. There is a specific application form for this scholarship, which will be available on this page during the Call for Applications. Submit directly to gaby.ritchie@uct.ac.za by the deadline. No late applications will be considered.

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.