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 Postgraduate Bursary Prospects


The following is a list of Postgraduate Bursary Opportunities that you may wish to explore for funding of your Postgraduate studies. Make sure that you adhere to all criteria and that you take special note of the closing dates of the bursaries.  

List of Bursaries for Postgradu​ate Studies:



In 2018, former deputy chief justice, Dikgang Moseneke chose the Law Faculty, University of the Western Cape as a recipient of the fees he received for chairing the arbitration into the Life Esidimeni tragedy. The Faculty is allowed to use the interest generated for the purpose of promoting excellence.

The Law Faculty is offering the Dikgang Moseneke grant, worth R50 000 per year for up to three years to a UWC law student (LLB and/or LLM completed at UWC) for the purpose of pursuing a doctorate in law in one of the niche areas of the Faculty.

The selected student will be expected to complete his/her doctorate degree within a maximum period of 3 years.


The grant is open only to SA citizens.

To be considered for the grant a candidate should have received a distinction in his/her Master’s degree, which must be directly relevant to the chosen niche area in which the doctorate will be pursued: Multi-level governance, Children’s Rights and Family Law in African Context, Global Environmental Law, Labour Law in the 4th Industrial Revolution, or the Law of Economic Crimes.

Application requirements:

(a)  A two-page motivation

(b)  Academic record

(c)   Copy of Master’s thesis (or part thereof, if not yet completed)

(d)  Copy of SA Identity document


The successful awardee will be informed via email of the provisional award.

The successful awardee will sign a Memorandum of Understanding [MOU].

The MOU will contain a number of conditions including regular reporting on progress, a requirement to complete a research proposal during the first six months [latest by 01 July 2020], a requirement to attend the relevant post-graduate induction programme(s) at the Faculty, attendance of the research methodology seminar in March/April 2020, compulsory attendance of DPGS relevant offering, and other relevant seminars/colloquia/conversations at the Faculty. Similar to other doctoral students, the candidate will be required to present draft chapters twice a year at the Faculty Doctoral Colloquium.

The student who has been provisionally awarded the grant must register for the relevant degree by 04 February 2020 (the year for which the award is made) in order for the award to be finalized. The award will thus only be made upon registration for the doctorate.

A student who registers after the relevant closing date above will not receive the grant, and the provisional award will be withdrawn.

The grant may be supplemented by other funding sources external to UWC within the specific rules of these sources up to the value of R120 000. Other UWC funding may not be used to supplement this grant.

A successful awardee, who does NOT wish to accept the grant, must notify the Administrator [see below -] in writing within 10 working days of receiving the award notification.

This is a grant for a maximum period of three years and the award is not renewable thereafter.

No correspondence will be entered into regarding the award of the grant or the maximum period allowed for completion of the degree and retention of the grant.

If a student fails to comply with any of the conditions of the award, terminates his/her studies, or does not complete the thesis within the prescribed period, the grant will be cancelled for all the years the grant was awarded, and the total grant value will be debited to the student account. This condition will be explicitly included in the MOU.


The Dean, the Deputy Dean: Research and Post-Graduate Studies, and the Faculty’s Bursary Committee will oversee the advertisement, application, and award of the grant. They will also monitor compliance of the conditions outlined above with a view to track progress.

Ms Hazel Jeftha [ ] will be the designated administrator for the grant.


The closing date for applications for the 2020 academic year is 15 November 2019.

National Research Foundation (NRF)

The NRF supports students, mainly at postgraduate level, in two different ways: 

Free-standing scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships, for which students/postdoctoral research fellows apply online and compete individually on merit. 

Grantholder-linked bursaries and postdoctoral fellowships, where a grantholder is awarded a number of bursaries and fellowships within his/her research grant. The grantholder is responsible for selecting the most appropriate and worthy students/fellows for the bursaries and fellowship.

DOWNLOAD: Funding your Research Future NRF Bursary, Scholarships Value Rules and Guidelines....pdf. This documents will provide a list of potential sholarships and fellowships.

Also visit their website:​

Advance Africa 

See website for comprehensive list of bursaries being offered by various funders. Make sure that the bursary is offered for postgraduate legal studies.

Ernst Ethel and Eriksen Trust

Masters and Doctoral students in full-time study. 

Eligibility criteria

· Only for South African citizensa

· For study at a South African university

· Student must have completed their honours study to apply

Apply at:


Canon Collins Trust

In 2018 most awards will be valued at R70,000.00 for each year of study at Masters and PhD level. In exceptional cases we may offer up to R100,000 per year. We support both full and part-time study and will consider applications from those who wish to study by distance learning.  Canon Collins Trust seeks to support exceptional individuals who are committed to social justice in Southern Africa and for whom a postgraduate qualification is an essential tool in working to create an open and just society.

It has already closed for this year but it is an option to explore in the future.


Toptal Scholarships for Women: Empowering Future Female Leaders to Change the World

As part of our commitment to supporting women with great leadership potential Toptal has established the Toptal Scholarships contest. These scholarships provide assistance to women from around the world to help empower them to follow their passion and become leaders. Subject to these Toptal Scholarships Official Rules, the selected recipients will receive US$10,000 and one year of one-on-one mentorship from a Toptal leader.

It has already closed for this year but it is an option to explore in the future. 

First Rand Lurie Dippenaar Scholarship

This bursary programme is for international postgraduate study to a maximum value of R750 000 per annum, for a maximum duration of 2 years.

​Go to website for further details and closing dates.


CDH - Tim Mills Memorial Law Bursary South Africa 2018 – 2019.

Each year, the Tim Mills Memorial Bursary is open to students registering for a LLM degree qualification at a University in South Africa.


Application Form:

Go to website for further details and closing dates.


Norton  Rose Fulbright bursary programme:

Applicants who are in the process of completing their undergraduate LLB degree and hoping to complete a Masters degree are encouraged to apply.

Go to website for further details and closing dates.

City of Cape Town Bursary South Africa: Application Form:

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must satisfy the following minimum entry criteria before applying (please note that failure to satisfy all the requirements will lead to your application not being considered): South African citizen,   Reside within the greater Cape Metropolitan Area, Completed Matric OR currently in Matric, Studying or registered to study full-time towards a Diploma/ Undergraduate Degree/ Postgraduate Degree within one of the scarce skills areas (as listed above), Studying or registered to study at an approved tertiary institution in South Africa,  Proven financial need.​

Go to website for further details and closing dates.



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