Dean’s Bursaries for Postgraduate Studies 2018

The Stellenbosch Law Faculty has a number of bursaries available for fulltime postgraduate study (LLM (Research) and LLD) under its Dean’s Bursary Scheme for 2018 in the following fields:

  • Labour law
  • International or transnational criminal law
  • International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
  • Contract law – general principles, specific contracts, transfer of personal rights, security mechanisms, development of contract law in light of the Constitution
  • Child law
  • Human dignity as a constitutional right and value
  • The rights to equality and non-discrimination
  • Political rights under the Constitution
  • Critical legal theory
  • African regional human rights law with specific focus on:
    • Specific procedural aspects of the relationship between the African Commission and the Africa Court, the complementarity principle, access to justice: or
    • Women’s rights: interpretation, implementation and application of the Maputo Protocol or specific aspects thereof; or
    • Rights of sexual minorities, gender identity rights
  • World Trade and Development Law
  • Public procurement and anti-corruption

Bursary amounts vary between R60 000 and R90 000 per annum (or such lesser amount as indicated by an applicant) for a period of two years in the case of LLM studies and three years in the case of LLD studies.

Students will be expected to study fulltime and in residence at the Stellenbosch Law Faculty for the duration of their studies.

Candidates wishing to pursue postgraduate studies may apply for a bursary to the Dean’s Office by submitting, in electronic form:

  • a full CV,
  • full official academic record,
  • application letter (containing a motivation for pursuing postgraduate study and the candidate’s financial position) and
  • a brief research proposal setting out in broad terms the proposed study.

It is advisable for candidates to approach potential supervisors in the Faculty to discuss the proposed study and to indicate such communication in the application letter. Details on the fields of expertise of members of staff can be found on the Faculty’s website at

The closing date for applications is 21 September 2017.

Selection of successful applicants will be based on:

  • Academic merit during the candidate’s undergraduate and where relevant postgraduate studies,
  • other relevant achievements as set out in the candidate’s CV,
  • transformation imperatives,
  • the motivation for pursuing postgraduate studies as set out in the application letter,
  • financial need,
  • the merit of the research proposal including any input from potential supervisor(s), and
  • the available supervision capacity in the Faculty.


Enquiries and applications should be directed to Ms Yolandi Filander in the Dean’s office, tel 021 808 4853;

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