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University of Pretoria Master’s degree (LLM/MPhil) in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa (HRDA) 2024

The LLM/MPhil in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa (HRDA) is a prestigious one-year intensive course where 25-30 exceptional individuals spend six months in Pretoria and six months at one of the 12 partner universities all over Africa. They are taught by eminent lecturers in the field of human rights and undergo many practical training exercises. It is the only course of its kind in Africa. Graduates become members of the HRDA Alumni Association whose 663 members are currently active in the full spectrum of human rights work: from grassroots, through civil service, to international organisations including the African Union and the United Nations. Individuals from all African countries are invited to apply for admission to study for the Master’s degree (LLM/MPhil) in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa at the Centre for Human RightsUniversity of Pretoria, South Africa.


University of Pretoria Masters Scholarship

Application DeadlineJuly 31, 2024
Funding TypePartially Funded
Country to studySouth Africa
TypeMasters
SponsorUniversity of Pretoria
GenderMen and Women
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Benefits of University of Pretoria Masters Scholarship

The objectives of the LLM/MPhil programme are:

  • To train human rights experts who can be employed in government ministries, and other national, international and regional bodies concerned with human rights and democracy. The aim is to ensure the effectiveness of these bodies, through imparting professionalism and operational competence. The end result is to ensure the transfer of technical skills and strengthen the capacity of these organisations with the goal of improving the protection and promotion of human rights and democratisation in Africa.

  • Expand collaboration among African universities. Collaboration should result in a network of lawyers and academics specialised in human rights and democracy. The programme envisages promoting research and teaching that addresses the particular needs of Africa. Some identified needs include conflict prevention; democratic transition; strengthening of civil society, institutional building and the rule of law. The programme also aims at developing and strengthening links between civil society, governmental bodies, and international organisations.

  • Develop a relationship between the African Masters and the other regional masters, such as the European Masters Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation (EMA), the Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation in South Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation.

Scholarships

A limited number of up to 30 students are selected per year. Depending on the availability of funding, full-scholarships covering at least tuition, accommodation and official programme activities are covered for up to 25 citizens of Africa. Students who do not receive scholarships may be admitted as self-funding or partially-self funding students, provided they meet all the minimum admission criteria and provided they guarantee payment of all or at least a significant part of tuition, accommodation and official programme activities, to an amount set by the Centre annually.

Requirements for University of Pretoria Masters Scholarship

For Law Students (LLM Option):

      • Must hold a degree allowing access to the legal profession (e.g., LLB or licence en droit).

For Non-law Students (MPhil Option):

      • Must have at least an Honours degree in a discipline relevant to human rights and democratization.

 

Application Deadline

July 31, 2024

How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to University of Pretoria on centreforhumanrights.submittable.com to apply

For more details,visit University of Pretoria website


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