Joel Joffe LLB Scholarships 2020 for study at the University of the Western Cape and The University of Fort Hare

Joel Joffe LLB Scholarships for Western Cape University and Fort Hare University in 2020

The Joel Joffe LLB Scholarships apply for 3rd year students (entering their 4th year in 2020) and study for an LLB at Western Cape University or Fort Hare University.

These scholarships are offered in memory of Joel Joffe, 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 everything in their power to ensure that human rights are respected and to reduce poverty.


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 the Western Cape or the University of Fort Hare

Please apply only if you are eligible and meet ALL of the above criteria.


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

In 2020, the value of the scholarship package is R40,000. Funding will be provided for up to a maximum of two years. 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.

How to apply

We are now accepting applications. Please download and read the guidelines carefully before applying.

You can apply by sending your completed application form to Please download and save the copy of the applications form on to your computer before you fill it in.

Application form for LLB students studying at the University of the Western Cape

Application form for LLB students studying at the University of Fort Hare

The deadline for applying is Sunday 15 September 2019.

For More Information

Visit the Official Webpage of the Joel Joffe LLB Scholarships 2020

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