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The Franklin Thomas Fellowship

The Franklin Thomas Fellowship 2022/23

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Applications call for Franklin Thomas Fellowship 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.

The fellowship is administered by the Constitutional Court Trust, a non-profit organisation that exists to promote human rights, the rule of law, constitutionalism and judicial independence in the African region – with a special focus on the Constitutional Court of South Africa. It does so through artistic expression, legal scholarship and exchange programmes, public education and library initiatives.


  • Applicants must be South African citizen, from a historically disadvantaged background, who has served as a law clerk at the Constitutional Court.
  • Applicants must have demonstrated a commitment to human rights and an intention to continue working in the area of human rights.

Preferred Qualification

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 proposed studies.
  • Have clerked at the Constitutional Court within the last five years.


Applicants must send their applications to Ms Elizabeth Moloto by email at [email protected] by Sunday, 20 June 2021. All enquiries may also be directed to Elizabeth Moloto.

Application Documents

  • 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.

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Type of Opportunity Scholarships and Fellowships
Deadline20 June,2021
Open toAll
OrganizerConstitutional Court Trust



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