The Pius Langa Memorial Law Fellowship

Bursary Details

The Pius Langa Memorial Fellowship is inviting South African young lawyers who are committed to advancing the constitutional and human rights law in South Africa and/or Africa to apply for the  Fellowship.


The Fellowship will afford one early career lawyer per year the opportunity to study towards a LLM at University College London (UCL) in the United Kingdom, one of the top ranked universities in the world.

More information about the Pius Langa Memorial Fellowship is available at: https://www.concourttrust.org.za/news/entry/pius-langa-memorial-fellowship-2023-2024-call-for-applications

Degree level

  • Masters


  •  14 August 2022

Candidate Requirements

  • be nationals of an African country;
  • be law clerks or former law clerks of the South African Constitutional Court, or early career lawyers active in South African civil society (working for a South African NGO in a legal programme focused on constitutional and human rights law);
  • have a demonstrated commitment to human rights and an intention to continue working in the area of human rights and / or constitutional law as it relates to South Africa and / or Africa;
  • include at least one module relating to human rights or constitutional law as part of the LLM studies.

Preference will be given to applicants who:

  • do not already hold an LLM degree;
  • have not had the opportunity to study abroad;
  • will be no older than 35 years of age at the start of proposed studies.

Bursary Enquiries

For further enquiries, please contact Ms Catherine Kennedy the Trust manager at Tel. +27 11 359 7492 or catherine@concourttrust.org.za


Bursary Inclusion

  • Tuition fee waiver
  • GBP20,000 – for travel and living expenses associated with studies.

Applicants will need to make provision for expenses not covered by the scholarship.

How to Apply

Applicants must send their applications to PLMF@concourttrust.org.za by email by Sunday, 14 August 2022

Applications should include the following:

  • A 1 – 2 page motivational letter on why you should be awarded the fellowship.
  • A curriculum vitae (CV) no longer than 3 pages.
  • University transcripts for all higher education qualifications, noting that an excellent academic record is a prerequisite for consideration as a fellow.
  • One example of written work, relevant to your application, and demonstrating your ability to excel in a top tier LLM programme. The indicative length for writing samples is 2000 – 3000 words – please do not submit longer pieces of writing. Contextualised extracts are acceptable.
  • Two recent, professional letters of support – at least one should relate to work undertaken by the applicant in South African civil society, or at the Constitutional Court in South Africa. If listing a current Constitutional Court Justice as a referee, the name of the judge will suffice – no letter is required.
  • Interviews of shortlisted candidates will take place at the Constitutional Court in September 2022. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

PLEASE NOTE: For the avoidance of doubt, the prospective fellow will need to apply to the fellowship programme, and for admission to UCL Faculty of Laws LLM, separately, which LLM application will be considered under the normal admissions procedure and criteria.


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