Fully-funded Doctoral Scholarship in South Africa, University of Pretoria 2023

Written by catherine.caoile on February 12, 2023

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Scholarship details

  • Area of study

    Humanities, Law
  • Country of the Scholarship

    South Africa
  • Scholarship Valid Until (Year)

  • Type of scholarship

    Ph.D. scholarship
  • Scholarship amount given

    > 12000
  • Type of scholarship administrator

  • Mode of scholarship (Online/Offline)

  • Applier's country

    , Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
  • Expenses covered

    Monthly subsistence allowance, Travel and visa costs, Tuition fees
  • Scholarship Contact Details

    Project Officer: LLM/MPhil (SRRA)
    Tel: +27 (0)12 420 4196  [email protected]

Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria offers a full-time doctoral scholarship for brilliant students in the African region. The doctoral scholarship is pointed toward fortifying the Sexual and Reproductive Rights in Africa Program of the Center in manners that foster an unmistakable spotlight on examining society as well as criminalization as a component of more extensive discourses on sexual or potential reproductive privileges in the African region. The scholarships are thorough, covering educational expenses, travel expenses, living stipends, and ancillary costs.

The program will be commencing on May 2023, and the successful applicants will be residing in Pretoria for a three-year duration of the scholarship program and to be able to contribute to the work of the Centre for Human Rights for 25 weeks period.

Scholarship Provider: the University of Pretoria, Centre for Human Rights 

About the Provider 

Perceived internationally for greatness in human rights regulation in Africa, the Centre for Human Rights is exceptionally situated as both an academic department and a non-legislative association. A leader in human rights education in Africa, the Centre makes progress toward a more noteworthy consciousness of human rights, the wide dissemination of distributions on human rights in Africa, and the improvement of the rights of ladies, individuals living with HIV, indigenous people groups, sexual minorities, and other impeded or marginalized people or group across the continent.

The Center was laid out in the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, in 1986, as a feature of homegrown efforts against the politically-sanctioned racial segregation arrangement of the time. Individuals from the Center partook in meetings with the freedom developments outside the lines of South Africa, coordinated conferences and took an interest in efforts to advance human rights in South Africa, and, when the progress came, filled in as technical advisors in the constitution-writing processes.

Throughout the years, the center expanded to encompass assorted issues of human rights law in Africa, and international advancement law overall. Today, the Center is at the center of an unequaled organization of practicing and academic lawyers, public and international government workers, and human rights professionals across the whole continent. A consistently growing system of Center graduates presently contributes to various approaches to the headway of human rights and a majority rules government and the strengthening of institutions all around the African continent, and beyond.

The year 2006, the Centre for Human Rights was recognized by UNESCO Prize for Human Rights Education. The Centre values different aspects in terms of educating people about human rights issues. Annually, they offer scholarships for the young generations interested in pursuing law and humanitarian fields.

Scholarship Summary 

  • Academic Year: 2023-2024
  • Applicants Nationality: African Region
  • Degree Level: Ph.D. Degree
  • Number of Awards: NA
  • Duration: Three Years
  • Scholarship Awards: Tuition fee, Accommodation, Living expenses, Travel Expenses, and other related fees
  • Scholarship Country: South Africa
  • University: University of Pretoria
  • Renewable: Yes
  • Offered Annually: Yes

Scholarship Eligibility 

Before applying for the scholarship, the candidates must meet the eligibility criteria below:

  • The applicants must be holding a Master’s Degree in Law or Humanities which focuses on human rights or is related to the fields of the scholarship.
  • Must have good communication skills in oral and written English.
  • Must be able to demonstrate their academic skills and research.
  • Applicants must demonstrate their expertise and interest in the topic of the scholarship.
  • Familiarity with the African Human Rights system is a plus.
  • Must be able to work independently and collaboratively.

Application Process

The application can be accessed in an online portal provided by the university. The application must be completed with all the personal information needed to be considered. Failure to complete the application process will be automatically rejected.

The evaluation process will be based on the academic interest of the applicants. Keep in mind that the application will be needing additional materials to be submitted along with the application form.

Important Note 

High proficiency in English is expected to go to this course. All talks and materials are in English. The course will be focusing on human rights in Africa.

Application Required Materials

As part of the application process, the applicants must complete and submit the following to be able to be considered for the scholarship.

  • Applicants Curriculum Vitae
  • A motivation letter outlining the reason for applying for the Doctoral Scholarship which also refers to the scholarship eligibility.
  • The proposal letter must be 3 to 5 pages of the prospective DPHIL research, succinctly setting out the research issue; the research question(s) to be tended to; the proposed research strategies/system; and demonstrating knowledge of the most remarkable literature.
  • Sample writing of the applicants in the related areas of the scholarship program
  • Applicant’s relevant copies of post-graduate education
  • Official transcript of records

Keep in mind that successful applicants will be notified through their registered contact information. The Centre for Human Rights researched the right to not fill the position. All applications wil be evaluated by the scholarship committees. It is important to fill out the application correctly and completely.

Application Deadline 

The deadline to complete and submit the application is until March 15, 2023. Late and incomplete applications will not be considered and will be automatically rejected.

Scholarship Awards 

Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria will be providing a fully-funded scholarship program that will cover the following:

  • Successful candidates will be receiving living expenses, accommodation, a full tuition fee cost, travel expenses, and other related fees.
  • The successful applicants must read and agree to the terms and conditions applied to the scholarship.
  • The scholarship is non-transferable

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