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Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa


By Wilhelm Preller

Posted on 27 February 2012

Study abroad opportunities for doctoral students in the Faculty of Law.




1. The Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) 
Research Partnership Programme 2012

Offers four to six opportunities for human-rights students from developing and transitional countries

Duration: maximum five months, August to December

Focus of research: “Informal Justice Systems”

(Informal, relating to non-state or local justice systems, adjudicative mechanisms. These systems provide opportunities for access to justice where state systems lack outreach, and forums in which a diversity of cultures and values can be respected.

Grant Cover: expenses in relation to accommodation, insurance, and international flights, monthly stipend.

How to apply: 1) research proposal of 5 – 10 pages stating field of research, objective, methodology, expected output and timeframe.

                          2) certified copies of academic degrees

                          3) CV

                          4) proof of institutional affiliation

                          5) an academic article or paper produced by the applicant

DEADLINE: 14 February 2012 for the period August – December 2012

Applications to the Danish Institute for Human Rights

                                    The Research Partnerships Programme

                                    ATT Sisse Straede Bang Olsen

                                    Strandgade 56

                                    DK 1401 Kobenhavn K


PHONE: +45 32 69 8888 / FAX NO: +45 32 69 8800


2. African Economic Research Consortium (AERC)

Duration: not stipulated

Focus of research/ eligibility: African national pursuing a career in economic management, research and/or teaching at an institution in sub- Sahara

Grant Cover: max value of $15000

Deadlines: April 1 for the June awards, November 1 for the January awards

Contact details: + 254 20 2734150



3. Africa Initiative Graduate Research Grant

Duration: Four months at a Canadian university

Focus of research/eligibility: Conflict resolution, energy, food security, health and migration with special attention to the cross-cutting issue of climate change.

Must be enrolled in an African University

Grant cover: up to CAD$10 000



4. Canon Collins Trust General Scholarship Scheme

Duration: not stipulated

Focus of research/eligibility: a national of and resident in Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Grant cover: R40 000

Deadlines: applications for 2013 will open mid 2012

Does not expressly state whether a student can use such funding for a short research period. 



5. UNESCO/People’s Republic of China Fellowships– The Great Wall Co-Sponsored Fellowships Programme for International Students.

Twenty five (25) fellowships for postgraduate level are available.

Duration: one year

Study Subject(s): Any

Qualifications Required

(i.) Hold at least the equivalent of the Master’s Degree;

(ii.) English proficiency is required;

(iii.) Be not more than 45 years of age; and

(iv.) Be in good health, both physically and mentally.

How to Apply: By Post

Scholarship Application Deadline: April 30th, 2012



6. School of Oriental and African Studies – University of London Centre of African Studies

Duration: 3 months

Focus of research/eligibility: Nigerian academics

Grant cover: funded but does not stipulate actual amount.

Deadlines: 31 May 2012

The School of Oriental and African Studies caters for other non-Nigerian visiting research students but without the necessary funding.

Contact: + 44 (0) 20 7637 2388


7. 2011 South Africa Scholarship Programme

Duration: not stipulated

Focus of research/eligibility: women older than 25 years of age, who are actively advocating for the needs of women and children

Grant cover: $4000


8. Graca Machel Scholarships (female students only)

Duration: 2 years

Focus of research/eligibility: female students from Angola, Bots, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Malawi, Swaziland, Zambia, studying in South Africa.

Grant cover: maintenance, health insurance.


9. Fuchs Foundation Scholarships

Duration: not stipulated

Focus of research/eligibility: South African citizens only

Grant Cover: R50 000


10. Cambridge/Africa Collaborative Research Programme

Duration: six months. Fellows will be affiliated at Wolfson College, Cambridge.

Focus of research/eligibility: permanent residents of Africa. It is expected that applicants would be intending to come to Cambridge to work on a project building on existing research for which a period of residence in Cambridge is demonstrably appropriate.

Grant cover: Each award is worth up to £10,000, to cover travel, accommodation, maintenance costs and medical insurance


11. The James Randi Educational Foundation Scholarship

Duration: not stipulated

Focus of research/eligibility: academic potential, current or past contributions to fostering critical thinking, and most importantly, their plan for building critical thinking skills into their chosen field of study.

Grant Cover: $ 2500 


12. Doctoral Researchers Scholarships for Investigation and Learning, Norway 

Grant applications will be accepted from the following countries:

European countries: All countries, including all Council of Europe member states, except for the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden).

Non-European countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Egypt, India, Israel, Japan, Mexico and South Africa.

This programme/activity normally accepts grant applications from:

- Ph.D. students admitted to an organised doctoral degree programme;

- Younger researchers who completed a Ph.D. degree not more than six years prior to submission of the grant application.

Grant Cover: NOK 10 million.


13. Graduate Institute Geneva

Duration: two months

Focus of research/eligibility: not stipulated

Grant cover: no grant is provided although they do allow researchers to undertake a period of study

Deadlines: Annually 1 March and 1 October


14. NRF

Funding for rated researchers holding a valid NRF rating on an annual basis

Grant cover: not stipulated

Deadlines: 19 March 2012

Online applications


There is a new DAAD/NRF In-Country Scholarship Programme. For 2012, it offered 100 scholarships for SA citizens/permanent resident for Masters and Doctoral study. Enrolment must be full-time. If it is repeated for 2013, it looks promising for fee support, and for study away.

There are special eligibility criteria, including an age limit of 36 years.

The award is for one year and continuation is based on progress.

Masters R40 000; Doctoral R65 000.

Duration: for three to six months at a German university.

It seems that the identity of the German institution and an invitation to it are up to the scholarship holders to obtain.

The emphasis is on staff development for SA universities. Support from the home university, including an indication that the student will be employed by it after qualifying are important.


The objective of the United Nations Internship Programme is threefold: to provide a framework by which postgraduate students from diverse academic backgrounds may be assigned to United Nations Offices where their educational experience can be enhanced through practical work assignments; to expose them to the work of the United Nations; to provide UN offices with the assistance of highly qualified students specialized in various professional fields.

The Internship Programme at UN Headquarters (New York)


Internship Programme - UNOG (Geneva)

The UNOG programme is intended for students enrolled in a degree programme at postgraduate level (and some others). Internships are intended to promote a better understanding of international problems among participants and to provide them with an insight into the work of the United Nations.

 Interns are not paid and are responsible for all their costs.


Internship Programme - OHCHR (Geneva)


Internships at the ICC

Duration: three and six months

Focus of Research: national and international criminal law, public international law, international humanitarian law, human rights law, comparative law and  criminology, legal expertise


Internships at the ILO

Duration: three to a maximum of six months

Main aims: to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue in handling work-related issues.

Where an intern is not supported by an institution (university, government or other institution), a stipend to cover basic subsistence costs will be paid by the ILO.



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