ISMAIL MAHOMED FELLOWSHIP - Call for Applications: 2020 - 2021 academic year

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, and is administered by the Constitutional Court Trust.

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 of South Africa or the Supreme Court of Appeal in South Africa and has demonstrated a commitment to human rights.

Details of the Fellowship

  • One fellowship will be awarded for the 2020 – 2021 academic year.
  • It will be tenable at the University of Notre Dame Law School, Michigan University Law School, OR any other university of choice in the USA (subject to motivation and approval of the trustees.)
  • The fellowship award is specifically intended to cover travel and living expenses associated with studies.
  • The award is subject to the candidate meeting the relevant university’s postgraduate selection criteria and being awarded a scholarship tuition waiver1, or securing adequate funding to cover all tuition and study related costs.


Who is eligible to apply?

  • Applicants must be South African citizens, who have served as law clerks either at the Constitutional Court of South Africa, or at the Supreme Court of South Africa.
  • Applicants must have demonstrated a commitment to human rights and have a firm intention to continue working in the area of human rights.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who do not hold an LLM degree and have not had the opportunity to study abroad.

How to apply

Applicants must send their applications to Ms Elizabeth Moloto by email at by Sunday 13 October 2019. All enquiries may also be directed to Elizabeth Moloto.  

Applications should include the following:

    • A 1 - 2 page motivational letter on why you should be awarded the fellowship;
    • A curriculum vitae no longer than 3 pages;
    • University transcripts for all higher education qualifications
    • One example of written work, such as an essay or research memorandum, relevant to your application;
    • 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.

Interviews of shortlisted candidates will take place at the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg in late October 2019.