September 18, 2013

The Tanzanian-German Centre for Postgraduate Studies in Law (TGCL) Scholarships for Postgraduate East Africans

TGCL Scholarships for East African students

Course(s) Offered: Law
Course Level: Postgraduate (LLM, PhD)
Provider: DAAD, German Foreign Office
Country to Study in: Tanzania

Scholarship Description
The Tanzanian-German Centre for Postgraduate Studies in Law (TGCL) has been established at the University of Dar es Salaam School of Law (Formerly Faculty of Law) in cooperation with the University of Bayreuth (Germany). Its programmes are funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Foreign Office.

The TGCL offers aspiring lawyers and law students from the Partner States of the East African Community a structured LLM and PhD study programme with the goal of qualifying them for leading positions in the region.

TGCL is one of five centres established in Africa under the name “African Excellence – Fachzentren zur Eliteförderung”, funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Foreign Office within the programme “Aktion Afrika”.

Applications are invited from eligible candidates in the East African Community (EAC) Partner States for entry into a postgraduate study programme in law (LLM or PhD) offered by the Tanzanian-German Centre for Eastern African Legal Studies (TGCL) starting on 1 August 2014.

Eligibility
To be eligible:
  • Applicants must be candidates from the East African Community (EAC) Partner States (i.e. Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda)
  • The requirements for admission to the LLM and PhD programmes are
    • for the LLM programme a Bachelor’s degree in law (LLB) with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or its equivalent from a recognised institution of higher legal education, and
    • for the PhD programme an excellent LLM degree from a recognised institution.
Eligible groups
Citizens of an EAC Partner State, including: Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda

Participating Institutions
The TGCL postgraduate study programmes are conducted at the University of Dar es Sa-laam School of Law, in close cooperation with the Institute of African Studies and the Faculty of Law, Business Administration and Economics, University of Bayreuth.

Fields of study
The LLM candidates will pursue a programme consisting of coursework and a dissertation with an East African regional and comparative perspective. In particular, students are expected to attend and pass courses relating to East African Community Law, Human Rights Law and Constitutional Law.

The LLM dissertation should focus on EAC law in relation to the student’s own national law, particularly (but not exclusively) in thematic fields related to the areas of cooperation under the EAC Treaty.

PhD candidates in their theses should compare two or more national laws, which deal with thematic fields related to the areas of cooperation under the EAC Treaty. They will also attend the above-mentioned courses as far as they are relevant for their research projects.

To both LLM and PhD students seminars and workshops on research methodology and professional leadership skills will be offered, accompanied by an introduction to German Law and the Law of the European Union, and a German language course. Some of these will be offered at a summer school at the University of Bayreuth, Germany

Number of awards
Not specified -- several will be awarded

Scholarship duration
The LLM scholarship covers a period of one year, and the PhD scholarship a period of three years

Scholarship benefits
The scholarships cover university fees, the cost of living (including miscellaneous charges) of 2,400/3,000 EUR per annum for Tanzanians/Non-Tanzanians and the cost of research up to a total of 500/3,000 EUR for LLM/PhD students. Full details of the conditions of scholarship are available online (see link below).

Method of Application
Please send your application for admission and scholarship to the following address:
The Coordinator, TGCL, University of Dar es Salaam School of Law,
P.O.Box 35093, Dar es Salaam,
Tanzania.
Fax: +255 22 2410 103

Your application must contain the following documents (forms can be found at www.tgcl.uni-bayreuth.de):
  1. A completed TGCL application form (3 copies)
  2. A completed University of Dar es Salaam application form (3 copies)
  3. The following attachments:
    1. a letter of motivation (2 copies)
    2. in case of application for scholarship: detailed letter stating the reasons
    3. a curriculum vitae with clear evidence of periods of legal and other relevant education, training and practical experience (2 copies)
    4. photocopies of all relevant certificates (birth certificate, school leaving certificates, certificates of legal or other professional education, including provisional results for applicants who are in the final year of their LLB studies); in the case of documents not in English an official translation should be attached
    5. three letters of recommendation (signed and sealed)
    6. three passport-size photographs
    7. a release letter from the employer (if employed)
  4. A proposal of the intended research
    1. in the case of LLM candidates: 5 pages
    2. in the case of PhD candidates: 15 pages
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Please do not attach any application fee to your application.

See official website via active link below for detailed information.

DEADLINES:
The deadline for applications is 15 January 2014.

PLEASE NOTE:
Please do not attach any application fee to your application.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Candidates shortlisted for admission and scholarship will be informed and requested to be available for an interview. Unsuccessful candidates will be notified via email.

Contact
In case of any questions, please check the TGCL website (see link below)

Or, contact the Coordinator, TGCL, University of Dar es Salaam School of Law, P.O. Box 35093, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; phone: +255 22 2410 102; fax: +255 22 2410 103; e-mail: coordinator@tgcl.ac.tz.

Application Deadline: 15 January 2014
Open to International students: Yes (but ONLY East Africans)

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