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April 21, 2009

Bursaries and research assistantships at the University of Stellenbosch Law Faculty

University logoPosition: Master's and Doctoral Research Students

Salary: R83 000 per annum (LLM) - R105 000 per annum (LLD)

Location: University of Stellenbosch, Faculty of Law, Stellenbosch, South Africa

The University of Stellenbosch Law Faculty invites motivated individuals wishing to pursue full-time LLM or LLD research degrees to apply for bursaries and/or research assistantships. Successful candidates will work within an innovative research project entitled, Combating Poverty, Homelessness and Socio-Economic Vulnerability under the Constitutional Dispensation. Students may work within one of the Project's existing areas of focus or may suggest a new research area provided that it falls within the Project's overall scope. Existing focus areas include:

  • Socio-Economic Rights (Prof Sandy Liebenberg)
  • Transformative property law and theory (Prof AJ van der Walt)
  • Land reform and security of tenure in housing and land (Prof Juanita Pienaar)
  • Legal and constitutional interpretation (Prof Lourens du Plessis)
  • Equality, redress and poverty relief (Prof Ockert Dupper)
  • Administrative justice (Prof Geo Quinot)
  • Consolidating and deepening democracy (Prof Henk Botha)

Attend workshops and training seminars organized by the Project; assist a designated faculty supervisor with research tasks; develop (with input from your faculty supervisor) an original thesis proposal on a legal topic related to combating poverty and/or overcoming historical trends of social and economic marginalisation; research and write a publication-quality thesis on the approved topic; and successfully fulfil all of the Law Faculty's general requirements for the award of the research degree. Candidates must complete their degree programmes within a maximum of 2 years (LLM) to 3 years (LLD).

Applicants must hold or be in the final stages of completing a law degree from an accredited university. They must demonstrate an aptitude for academic research and a strong commitment to advancing the constitutional values of human dignity, equality and freedom. Upon conditional receipt of a financial award from the project, applicants must also independently fulfil all of the relevant admissions requirements of the Law Faculty and must successfully enrol for full-time study in the intended degree programme.

To Apply:
To apply for an award, please submit the following documentation to:

By email:
By post: ISP Project Manager, University of Stellenbosch Faculty of Law, Private Bag X1, Matieland 7602, South Africa

(1) A full CV;
(2) A covering letter indicating your particular interest in the themes of the project, your intended areas of research, and any preferences regarding a particular academic supervisor;
(3) A certified transcript of academic results;
(4) The names and contact details of three referees.

Contact details for application:
For further inquiries, please contact the ISP Project Manager
Telephone: (021) 808 4853
Fax: (021) 886 6235

Closing Date: 30 June 2009 (for applicants wishing to begin in January 2010) or 31 Dec 2009 (for those wishing to begin in July 2010).

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