Quote of the week

[Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro] possesses, however, few of his predecessor’s resources, lacking not just oil revenue but Chávez’s surplus of charisma, humour and political skill. Maduro, unable to end the crisis, has increasingly sided with the privileged classes against the masses; his security forces are regularly dispatched into barrios to repress militants under the guise of fighting crime. Having lost its majority in Congress, the government, fearing it can’t win at the polls the way Chávez did, cancelled gubernatorial elections that had been set for December last year (though they now appear to be on again). Maduro has convened an assembly to write a new constitution, supposedly with the objective of institutionalising the power of social movements, though it is unlikely to lessen the country’s polarisation.

Greg Grandin
London Review of Books
29 January 2010

Post graduate scholarship to study rule of law, constitutionalism or governance

UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN

THE MASSMART SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME

Massmart is a leading South African retailer.  The organisation is committed to sustainable development, constitutional values and good political governance and seeks to establish a prestigious scholarship programme at the University of Cape Town. 

Massmart intends that the Scholarship Programme will build up a consortium of excellent scholars/researchers who are already employed in public service, in national or provincial government, or in a constitutional statutory body and who will continue to work in their specific field following achievement of the required degree.

It is envisaged that the scholarship programme would enhance the professional career of the successful candidate, who would be required to register at the University of Cape Town in the Democratic Governance & Rights Unit (DGRU) for the LLM or MPhil degree, in order to study in the area of: (1) Rule of Law and Constitutionalism and/or (2) New Rights and Governance. 

The scholarship is available to excellent South Africans who would register as specified above for either a full-time or a part-time academic degree programme.  The terms of reference and conditions of award of the Massmart Partnership Scholarship programme are as follows:

Value:  Full-Time Study

R100,000 per annum

Value: Part-Time Study

R25,000 per annum

Note: The successful candidate will be required to work at the Democratic Governance Rights Unit one day per week for 40 weeks of the year. Separate remuneration of R25,000 will be paid in respect of this employment.

Tenure; One or  two years,depending on degree programme.

Conditions of Award:

Successful incumbents will be required to:

  • comply with the Policies and processes surrounding postgraduate funding at the University of Cape Town
  • enter in a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Cape Town’s DGRU.  The MoU will set out the scholarship holder’s coursework requirements, research project and deliverables; the time-frame for completion in each case, and the required research outputs.
  • provide the required bi-annual reports reflecting academic progress
  • remain in the employ of her/his present employer for a minimum of 3 years following completion of the degree programme.

Application procedure. 

  • a full CV with details and proof of current employment
  • original or certified copies of academic transcripts;
  • two letters of reference from professional persons, at least one of which should be from any academic with whom the applicant has worked/been taught.  
  • a draft Research proposal setting out the areas of methodology and the time-frame for the specific phases of the research, both of which should be approved by the prospective supervisor.  

APPLICATIONS SHOUD REACH PROFESSOR R CALLAND OF THE DGRU (Democratic Governance & Rights Unit) Public Law Department, Faculty of Law, UNIVERSTIY OF CAPE TOWN  BY NO LATER THAN 25 FEBRUARY 2010

ENQUIRIES: 021 650 2011 Email: Richard.Calland@uct.ac.za

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