Scholarships for law clerks

The Constitutional Court Trust has, for the past two decadesm administered fellowships for the benefit of former law clerks. 

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, 19 fellows have successfully completed Masters of Law at various universities in North America, including the University of Notre Dame (6 fellows), the University of Michigan Law School (6 fellows), Duke University (3 fellows), Harvard University (1 fellow), University of Pennsylvania (1 fellow), St Louis Law School (1 fellow), and Georgetown University (1 fellow). Three Franklin Thomas fellows will be undertaking LLM studies in the USA in 2021 / 2022 academic year

Applications are now open for the 2022 / 23 Franklin Thomas Fellowship.

The Ismail Mahomed Fellowship

Judge Ismail Mahomed

The Ismail Mahomed Fellowship for law clerks was 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. This fellowship scheme has lasted for 20 years with the final two Ismail Mahomed fellows completing their studies in 2021.

The purpose of the fellowship was 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.

In the course of the Ismail Mahomed Fellowship, 22 fellows have, to date, successfully completed Masters of Law at various universities in North America, including the University of Michigan Law School (6 fellows), the University of Notre Dame (5 fellows), University of Toronto (4 fellows), Duke University (4 fellows), Harvard University (2 fellows) and Columbia Law School (1 fellow).

There will be no more calls for application for the Ismail Mahomed Fellowship after 2020.