Master’s degree (LLM/MPhil) in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa (HRDA) - Apply Now - Keepswiki

Master’s degree (LLM/MPhil) in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa (HRDA) – Apply Now

The Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, is calling for applications from talented individuals across Africa for its Master’s degree program in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa (HRDA). This fully funded scholarship offers a unique opportunity for up to 30 African students to embark on a transformative year-long journey, beginning with six months at the University of Pretoria, followed by a semester at one of 12 partner universities across the continent.

The HRDA program stands as a cornerstone of the African regional initiative within the Global Campus of Human Rights, a worldwide network of universities fostering cooperation across seven regional programs. Funded by the EU, this network spans from Venice to Buenos Aires, embracing various cultures and insights, with the Pretoria campus serving as the African hub. This Master’s degree (LLM/MPhil) promises not only an intensive academic experience but also a chance to join a vibrant community of alumni actively engaged in human rights and democratization efforts globally.


Eligibility for this prestigious program requires candidates to hail from any African nation, possess a first degree in Law (LLB or equivalent) or an Honours degree in a relevant field, and demonstrate a commitment to full-time study. Beyond the rigorous academic curriculum, the program aims to cultivate human rights professionals ready to contribute to government, international bodies, and beyond, fostering a rich network of collaboration among African scholars and beyond.

Prospective students are encouraged to apply online through the Submittable system, with the necessary documents including academic transcripts, degree certificates, a bio-data page of the passport, a photograph, and proof of English proficiency for non-English qualifications. The application deadline is set for July 31, 2024. For more detailed information and to begin the application process, visit the official program website. This is more than just a scholarship; it’s a gateway to becoming part of a global movement towards human rights and democracy.

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