The Constitutional Court Trust invites applications for the Franklin Thomas Fellowship for historically disadvantaged South Africans in 2022/23.
The Franklin Thomas Fellowship was established in honour of Franklin Thomas, a former President of the Ford Foundation. The fellowship is funded by monies donated by friends and colleagues of Franklin Thomas on his retirement in 1996, as well as grants from the Ford Foundation.
The purpose of the Franklin Thomas Fellowship is to provide an opportunity for a South African from a historically disadvantaged background who has clerked of the Constitutional Court of South Africa to study at an American university towards a one-year graduate programme leading to a Masters of Law (LLM) degree.
Worth of Award
The fellowship will be tenable at the University of Notre Dame Law School, Michigan University Law School, OR any other university of choice in the USA. This is subject to motivation and approval of the trustees of the Constitutional Court Trust.
• The fellowship award is specifically intended to cover travel and living expenses associated with studies.
• The award is subject to the candidate meeting the relevant university’s postgraduate selection criteria and being awarded a scholarship tuition waiver, or securing adequate funding to cover all tuition and study-related costs.
The applicant must
- be a South African citizen from a historically disadvantaged background, who has served as a law clerk at the Constitutional Court.
- have demonstrated a commitment to human rights and an intention to continue working in the area of human rights.
Preference will be given to applicants who:
• do not 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 the proposed study;
• have clerked at the Constitutional Court within the last five years.
How to Apply
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.
• 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. Contextualised extracts are acceptable.
• Letters of support from two referees. If listing a 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 Johannesburg in the third quarter of 2021.
- Applicants must send their applications to Ms Elizabeth Moloto by email at [email protected]
- All enquiries may also be directed to Elizabeth Moloto.
Deadline: All applications must be sent in by Sunday, June 20, 2021.