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29 January 2021



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 R60 000 for one year to a UWC law student (LLB completed at UWC) for the purpose of pursuing a Master’s degree by thesis or a doctoral degree in law. In the case of an award for a Master’s degree, renewal for another year can be considered in the event of excellent progress made during the first year of the grant award. In the case of a doctoral degree, renewal for up to two years (one year at a time) can be considered in the event of excellent progress made during the first and/or second years of the grant award.

The selected student will be expected to complete his/her Master’s degree within a maximum period of two years; and his/her doctoral degree within a maximum period of three years.


The grant is open only to SA citizens.

To be considered for the grant, a candidate should have received his/her LLB degree with an average of at least 70% in the final year and be registering for an LLM degree for the first time in 2021; or his/her LLM degree with a final mark of at least 70% and be registering for a doctoral degree for the first time in 2021.

Application requirements:

(a) A two-page motivation
(b) Academic record
(c) Copy of LLB research paper / LLM thesis
(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 within a specified time, a requirement to attend the relevant post-graduate induction programme(s) at the Faculty, attendance of the research methodology seminar in March/April 2021, compulsory attendance of DPGS relevant offerings, and other relevant seminars/colloquia/conversations at the Faculty.

The student who has been provisionally awarded the grant must register for the relevant degree by 28 February 2021 (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 degree.

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 per year. 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 two years in the case of a Master’s degree, and for a maximum period of three years in the case of a doctoral degree.

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 representative on the Senate Scholarships and Fellowships Committee will oversee the 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 2021 academic year, to be submitted to, is 8 February 2021.