Scholarships for law clerks

The Constitutional Court Trust administers two scholarships for the benefit of former law clerks. The Ismail Mahomed Fellowship is available to former clerks of the Constitutional Court and the Supreme Court of Appeal, while the Franklin Thomas Fellowship is available to former clerks of the Constitutional Court only.

 

The Ismail Mahomed Fellowship

Judge Ismail Mahomed

The Ismail Mahomed Fellowship for law clerks is an annual fellowship established in 2001 in honour of the former Chief Justice Mahomed. It was made possible by a grant funded by a charitable organisation, the Atlantic Philanthropies.

The purpose of the fellowship is to provide an opportunity for international postgraduate study to a South African who has served as a law clerk either at the Constitutional Court or the Supreme Court of Appeal and has demonstrated a commitment to human rights.

Since the establishment of the Ismail Mahomed Fellowship, twenty fellows have successfully completed Masters of Law at various universities in North America, including the University of Michigan Law School (5 fellows), University of Toronto (4 fellows), the University of Notre Dame (4 fellows), Duke University (4 fellows), Harvard University (2 fellows) and Columbia Law School (1 fellow). 

 

 

 

 

The Franklin Thomas Fellowship

Mr Franklin A. Thomas

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 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.

Since the establishment of the Franklin Thomas Fellowship, twenty fellows have successfully completed Masters of Law at various universities in North America, including the University of Notre Dame (8 fellows), the University of Michigan Law School (4 fellows), Duke University (4 fellows), Harvard University (1 fellow), University of Pennsylvania (1 fellow), St Louis Law School (1 fellow), and the University of Chicago (1 fellow).