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Mandela Institute LLM Bursaries for 2019

The bursaries have been generously provided by Mandela Institute, School of Law in memory of Nelson R Mandela. The bursaries are in recognition of the desire of Mandela to see South Africa and Africa generally develop skills and expertise to engage with the global system to promote socio-economic development. In his 2002 letter of support, he noted that “South Africans understand that economic stability and growth are necessary conditions for the success of freedom and democracy. But the world economy is an unforgiving place, one in which the international good will generated by democratisation provides increasingly limited returns if not accompanied by necessary economic transformation. If developing countries, and those in transition, do not equip themselves to compete in the global economy, their democratic systems will be imperilled as they are bypassed by the winds of investment and economic progress.”

Award and Conditions:

Four (4) bursaries up to the value of R60 000 are available to provide for tuition fees only to LLM students (preferably by research) in areas broadly related to trade and international economic law, commercial and business law, mining (extractives) law, corporate law, and energy law and sustainability. The bursaries are awarded to the most suitably qualified applicants taking into account academic ability, financial need, and relevance of research interests to the Mandela Institute. Awardees will be required to offer five (5) hours research or other assistance per week to the Mandela Institute. While awardees may secure other funding, the Mandela Institute shall not pay any funds to directly the awardees. The bursary is aimed at covering tuition fees payable to the university only.

Application Process:  

Interested applicants must provide the following:

  • A letter of motivation (1 page maximum), which indicates why you are applying for the scholarship and why you think you should be awarded the scholarship, including your research interests.
  • Full financial details including statement of income, financial aid, other scholarships, or bursaries that you have received for 2019.
  • Confirmation of full-time LLM registration or accepted admission letter.
  • An abridged curriculum vitae (less than 2 pages) that includes the following information:
    • Your full name
    • Your Wits Student number
    • Your contact details (cell number and e-mail address)
    • Your date of birth
  • A certified copy of your undergraduate academic results
  • A certified copy of your ID or study permit
  • Two (2) letters of reference, and
  • Any other factors which might be relevant

All applications must be submitted by 18:00 on Wednesday 30 January 2019 by email to:-

Attention: Magda Janse van Noordwyk
Business Development Manager
Mandela Institute, School of Law
Room 60, 1st Floor
Tel: 011 717 8468
Email: Mandela.Institute@wits.ac.za


Incomplete applications will not be considered. The Mandela Institute, School of Law, University of the Witwatersrand reserves the right not to award funding in the absence of suitable applicants and to vary the award amount depending on need and availability of funding. Decisions made by the Committee in this regard are final.

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