The Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa (HRDA) is a one-year intensive course where 25-30 exceptional individuals spend six months in Pretoria and six months at one of the 12 partner universities all over Africa. They are taught by eminent lecturers in the field of human rights and undergo many practical training exercises.

It is the only course of its kind in Africa. Graduates become members of the HRDA Alumni Association whose 537 members are currently active in the full spectrum of human rights work: from grassroots, through civil service, to international organisations including the African Union and the United Nations.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Law students (LLM option): Applicants must have a degree allowing access to the legal profession
  • Non-law students (MPhil option): Applicants must have an Honours degree in a discipline relevant to human rights and democratisation
  • Applicants must have excellent academic credentials and demonstrate human rights experience or interest;
  • Women, as well as members of minority groups such as indigenous people, LGBTI persons and persons with disabilities, are particularly encouraged to apply.


  • There are up to 25 FULL Scholarships available for African citizens.
  •  Partially or fully self-funded students are also encouraged to apply for this programme.

Method of Application:

Interested candidates who meet the criteria listed above should apply by clicking on the “Apply” button below:


Scholarship Application Deadline: 30 June 2019.