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Opportunities for Students

This page contains information regarding opportunities available for students at all levels of study. Should you have any opportunities to be advertised, kindly contact Ms Adanma Yisa


The NRF funded South African Research Chair in ‘Law, Equality and Social Justice’, based at the School of Law, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, invites further applications for postgraduate bursaries (PhD and LLM) in the broad field of equality, law, rights and social justice to commence in January/February 2019.

Applications are particularly invited from students seeking to work on equality related issues, including the role and limits of the Constitution, rights and law in promoting or limiting political, social and economic equality and justice. This includes theoretical and practical questions of constitutionalism and the role of laws and/or rights in securing redistribution, recognition, economic or social change. Applicants are invited to engage these issues from a range of perspectives, including critical, liberal, social democratic, post-colonial and/or decolonial approaches. If you wish to discuss whether your project falls within the remit Of the Research Chair, please email Professor Albertyn at

NRF Postgraduate bursaries (PhD and LLM)

Applications are invited for doctoral and LLM bursaries. Masters applicants may enrol for an LLM by dissertation, or coursework and research report. Applicants should intend to conduct their research in the broad area of social justice, equality related law and rights. The value of the NRF PhD bursary in 2019 is R120 000.00 and the Masters bursary R90 000.00. All bursaries should be held as primary funding towards the degree.

All applicants should intend to study full-time at Wits University, and meet its academic requirements for entry. They may be South African or from other African countries. Applications for the doctoral bursary may be accepted from countries outside of Africa.

To apply, please submit the following documents:

  • a covering letter stating why you are interested in the bursary and your intended field of study
  • A summary research proposal of one to two pages (for your thesis, dissertation or research report)
  • A CV
  • Full academic records
  • The contact details of two academic referees

Enquiries and applications

Enquiries on the scope and content of the research field and fellowship/bursary criteria should be made to Professor Cathi Albertyn ( Please do not send applications to this email.

You may also consult the following webpages: On the NRF criteria see On Wits Postdoctoral expectations, see

All applications should be sent to Claire Joseph ( by 20 November  2018.