This scholarship is made possible thanks to the generous support of Leigh Day & Co., a law firm based in London that specializes in the areas of personal injury and human rights law. Students currently enrolled in the second and third years of an LLB program at the University of Fort Hare or the University of the Western Cape and who will be continuing their studies in the third and fourth years of the program in 2022 are encouraged to submit an application to the Canon Collins Trust. They are willing to offer funding for up to a period of two years.
The Canon Collins Trust has always considered the fields of law and human rights to be among its top priority areas when deciding where to award scholarships. They have the hope that by investing in the future members of South Africa’s legal profession, they will be able to support a new generation of leaders who will develop legal systems which are just and equitable.
About the Scholarship Sponsor:
Scholarships are provided by the Canon Collins Trust, an educational and legal assistance trust fund, to citizens of Southern Africa so that they may participate in master’s degree programs at certain reputable universities in the United Kingdom that are affiliated with the Canon Collins Trust and work in partnership with the trust. The trust has been around for over thirty years and counting, and it has been successful in empowering thousands of individuals. These individuals now make significant contributions to the continued development of their communities through non-governmental organizations (NGOs), businesses, and even the government. The development of Southern Africa is dependent on strong leadership in key fields, and higher education is one of the most transformative aspects of society. But at the same time that the advantages of obtaining a higher education continue to expand, the costs of falling behind are also expanding. The inadequate funding of postgraduate education has developed into a potentially catastrophic situation and a significant barrier to transformation. Because of this, we have provided financial assistance to more than 4,000 people so that they can further their education and work toward finding solutions to some of the most pressing problems facing contemporary southern African society.
Our scholars are expected to demonstrate a commitment to making an impact through the application of their skill sets, in addition to having an impressive academic record and a passion for research. Throughout the course of the scholarship experience as well as after it has concluded, there is a concerted effort made to cultivate opportunities for mutually beneficial learning and collaboration among academics, activists, and organizations representing civil society. Access to elementary and secondary educational opportunities is another facet of our focus on education. The Trust is an advocate for quality and equality in the educational system in South Africa, and it does so by providing support to its partner organization, Equal Education.
Our efforts are guided by a spirit of solidarity that has its origins in the anti-apartheid movement that we participated in during our past. Through our partnerships with organizations such as the Legal Resources Centre and Equal Education, as well as with a number of other organizations, we are able to help some of the most marginalized communities in South Africa. We place a very high value on our partnerships because we view them as a form of mutually beneficial and supportive solidarity. We continue to hold each other accountable, committing to act in a manner that is open and fair in our dealings with one another, and we continue to take advantage of the contributions made by one another.
We are dedicated to making a contribution towards the establishment of a new framework for human rights in southern Africa, and one of the ways in which we intend to do this is by assisting our scholars and alumni in the formation of robust networks in government and civil society. This is accomplished by means of our international events program, which brings together our scholars, alumni, and partners from civil society for the purpose of discussing issues relating to social justice and human rights. Our partnerships make it possible for our scholars to engage in conversation with influential members of South Africa’s civil society. This allows them to connect the dots between the work they do and the impact it has on the lives of some of the country’s most marginalized and excluded citizens..
Scholarship Sponsor(s): Canon Collins Trust
Scholarship Country: South Africa
Scholarship Worth: R40,000
Scholarship Type: Undergraduate
Nationality: International Students
- The value of each award will be R40,000 for the calendar year. It is possible that funding could be provided for a period of up to two years. They are willing to consider applications from individuals who are interested in pursuing education through distance learning, as well as full and part-time study options.
- In addition, they host a conference for working academics on a yearly basis and a number of other, more intimate events throughout the course of the year. Recipients of scholarships are expected to take part in the aforementioned activities, as well as join our network and make meaningful contributions to it..
Eligibility for Scholarship
The applicant needs to be:
- A student who is currently enrolled in either the second or third year of the Juris Doctor program at either the University of Fort Hare or the University of the Western Cape.
- You must either be a citizen of one of the following countries or have refugee status in that country: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, or Zimbabwe.
- in possession of a solid academic history and active participation in extra-curricular activities.
- An undergraduate student studying law at the University of Fort Hare or the University of the Western Cape who is currently in their second or third year
Students from Zambia who are interested in pursuing their engineering education in Ireland for a Master’s degree during the academic year 2023-2024 can apply for financial assistance through the Frank Ferguson Fellowship, which was established in collaboration with the Engineering Institution of Zambia and the Irish Government. This fellowship will be available to students who meet the eligibility requirements.
The Canon Collins Trust 2022 Leigh Day LLB Scholarship for African Students is open to all International Students
- The submission period will close at 15:00 (GMT) on September 26th, 2022, for all applicants. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
- We ask that you not send us an email in which you inquire about the status of your application. Because all notifications will be sent to the email address that you provide, it is imperative that you give one that is accurate.
- In November, we will conduct interviews with those applicants who made the cut. In November of 2022, we will get back to you with a response regarding the status of your application.
The application deadline for Canon Collins Trust 2022 Leigh Day LLB Scholarship for African Students is September 26, 2022