July 2, 2016

University of Pretoria Funding for Masters in Human Rights and Democratization in Africa. Apply Today!

LLM/MPhil (Human Rights & Democratisation in Africa)

Course(s) Offered: Human rights
Course Level: Graduate (masters, internships)
Course Provider: University of Pretoria
Course can be taken at: South Africa, Other African countries

Scholarship Description
The LLM/MPhil in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa is a unique programme to which individuals from African countries with eligible degrees (see below) and preferably experience in the field of human rights are admitted.

During an intensive one-year course, they are taught by eminent lecturers in the field of human rights and gain invaluable practical exposure. It is the only course of its kind in Africa.

Applications are welcome particularly from students in Africa. Citizens of African countries are the main target group for this programme. Special consideration will be given to African students who can fund their studies. Applicants from Africa who cannot fund therefore qualify for sponsorship consideration if selected for the programme.

Individuals from all African countries are invited to apply for admission to study for the Master’s Degree (LLM/MPhil) in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa.

Applications are also welcome from other parts of the world and a few students have been admitted from the United States of America, Spain and Finland. However, applicants who are not citizens of an African countries do not qualify for financial sponsorship and must cover all expenses to attend the programme.

Individuals with the following degrees and preferably experience in the field of human rights are admitted:
  • Law students - A degree allowing access to the legal profession (eg LLB or licence en droit)
  • Other students (non-law students) - At least an Honours degree in a discipline relevant to human rights and democratisation
An important new requirement of admission to the programme is that applicants who did not undertake their undergraduate degrees in English are now required to submit test results for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination.

Eligible groups
Citizens of ALL countries (but African countries strongly favoured)

Participating Institutions
Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, South Africa.

The LLM/MPhil in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa is a regional co-operation initiative presented in partnership by the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, and the faculties of law at:
  1. Université d'Abomey-Calavi (Benin)
  2. Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia)
  3. University of Alexandria (Egypt)
  4. Catholic University of Central Africa (Cameroon)
  5. Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (Mozambique)
  6. Université Gaston Berger de Saint Louis (Senegal)
  7. University of Ghana
  8. University of Lagos (Nigeria)
  9. Makerere University (Uganda)
  10. University of Mauritius
  11. University of Nairobi (Kenya)
  12. University of Venda
  13. University of the Western Cape (South Africa)
Fields of study
Masters level courses in the field of Human Rights & Democratisation in Africa. Instruction is by way of formal lectures and practical exercises

Number of admissions
A maximum of 25 sponsored students are admitted to the programme every year. Five (5) additional students may be admitted if they are self-sponsored. The total number cannot exceed 30 students for pedagogical reasons.

Course duration
One academic year (two semesters) - from the end of January to early December

Course benefits
This is the only course of its kind in Africa. And admitted individuals are taught by world eminent experts in the field of human rights and gain invaluable practical exposure. Emphasis is placed on classroom participation and there is ample opportunity for informal interaction between the students and lecturers. Students can make use of extensive library facilities.

Upon admission to the programme advanced English is provided for students from non-English speaking countries and French is taught to students from English speaking countries. Students who are fluent in both English and French study Portuguese. Admission is on a competitive basis and bursaries are available.

Method of Application
Applicants must be in possession of a first degree in Law (LLB, licence en droit or licenciatura em direito) or a Honours degree relevant to human rights and democratisation. There are two ways to apply for this premier course:
  • Online application - you will have to fill out an online form; OR
  • Application by post
To apply for funding, when you submit your application you should motivate why you should be considered for financial assistance.

It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) to download the Course Brochure and also for detailed information on how to apply to this highly prized course.

For purposes of your application send all documents, including submission of your online form, no later than 31 July each year (i.e. deadline for both Online application and Application by post).

After the closing date of the application, it takes approximately two months before the selection process is complete and candidates are informed. Unsuccessful candidates are also notified.

The course is presented full time over one academic year (two semesters) that runs from the end of January to early December and comprises eight modules.

Application Deadline: 31 July 2016
Open to International students: Yes

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