Joel Joffe LLB scholarships at the University of Fort Hare and the University of the Western Cape-South Africa

Opening date: 02 nd September 2021

Closing date: 04th October 2021


Higher education is transformative for society and Southern Africa’s development depends on strong leadership in key fields. Yet while the benefits of higher education continue to rise, the costs of being left behind are also growing. The underfunding of postgraduate studies has become a looming crisis and a major impediment to transformation. This is why we have supported over 4,000 individuals whose education addresses some of the most pressing issues in contemporary southern African society.

On top of a strong academic record and a passion for research, our scholars must demonstrate their commitment to employing their skillsets to achieve impact. Learning and collaboration between scholars, activists and civil society organisations are intentionally fostered, both during and after the scholarship experience. Our focus on education also extends to access to primary and secondary schooling. Through the support of our partner Equal Education, the Trust advocates for quality and equality in the South African education system.

Scholarship now is open:

These scholarships are offered in memory of Joel Joffe, who was Nelson Mandela’s lawyer in the 1963/4 Rivonia Trial. He played a crucial role in the struggle for democracy in South Africa. The Trust continues to build on its legacy, inspiring others to do as much as possible to realise human rights and reduce poverty.

Canon Collins Trust invites applications from current 3rd-year students (going into their 4th year in 2021) studying for an LLB at the University of the Western Cape or the University of Fort Hare. We will provide funding of R40,000 towards the last year of your LLB studies, an opportunity to enhance your academic and leadership skills through organised events and a paid internship at a public interest law firm for approximately five months after your graduation. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to complete their internship at either the Equal Education Law Centre or the Legal Resources Centre.

Are you eligible?

Applicants must be:

  • a national of, and normally resident in, South Africa
  • in possession of a strong academic record and extra-curricular involvement
  • a current undergraduate 3rd-year student of Law at the University of.


What we offer:

The Joel Joffe scholarship includes:

  • R40,000 towards the last year of your LLB study
  • a paid internship at Equal Education Law Centre or Legal Resources Centre after the completion of LLB study
  • an opportunity to enhance your academic and leadership skills through organised events

We support both full and part-time study and will consider applications from those who wish to study by distance learning.

We also organise an annual conference for current scholars and hold several smaller events throughout the year. Scholarship holders are expected to participate in these activities and to become part of and contribute to our network.

Note: Please apply only if you are eligible and meet all of the above criteria and late application will not be considered, and submit your application through this email: [email protected]

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