Scholarships & Opportunities


    The School of Law, Makerere University is a partner in a regional project called “Strengthening Human Rights Research and Education in Sub-Saharan Africa (SHUREA)”. SHUREA is a Finnish funded project whose overall goal is to strengthen policy relevant human rights research at Makerere University (Uganda), Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia), University of Nairobi (Kenya), University of Pretoria (South Africa) and Åbo Akademi (Finland). Every year, SHUREA convenes an African Forum for Doctoral Research in Human Rights (AfriDoors) for human rights doctoral students, post-docs and supervisors of doctoral students at the member institutions. This year, AfriDoors will be held at the University of Nairobi from 27th – 31th August 2018.
    The objectives of this year’s AfriDoors are to: 
    Enhance the basic skills and capacity of doctoral students on human rights research, with a focus on innovative approaches 
    Enhance the skills and capacity of supervisors of human rights-related topics
    Serve as a platform to discuss and provide feed-back on ongoing doctoral research 
    Stimulate reflection on substantive human rights issues of contemporary relevance to doctoral research in human rights
    Develop teaching material towards a module to be used at partner and other universities
    This is a call for expression of interest to attend and participate in this year’s African Forum for Doctoral Research in Human Rights. The Forum is targeting LLD/PhD students and post-docs doing human rights-related research and academic staff supervising doctoral students doing human rights-related research. Makerere University has 10 slots
    How to apply/express your interest:
    Motivation letter of not more than one page addressed to Deputy Principal, School of Law. In addition to the motivation letter, the LLD/PhD candidates and post docs, should submit a concept note of their research. The concept note should not be more than one page. For colleagues supervising LLD/PhD candidates, accompany your motivation letter with a short bio of not more than 300 words and the details of the LLD/PhD candidates you are supervising and their research topics. 
    NB1: Email applications/EOI should be submitted to Copy to
    NB2: Deadline for receipt of applications/EOI is Friday 15th June 2018. Only successful applicants will be contacted. If you do not hear from us by 22nd June 2018, you should consider yourself unsuccessful.
    NB3: For the successful applicants, organizers will pay for your travel, accommodation and living expenses for the duration of the Forum
    For any inquiries, send email to the address above or call +256 772 636345
  • Mobility Scholarships To Finland And South Africa For PhD/LLD Candidates Doing Human Rights Doctoral Research

    In partnership with: the Institute for Human Rights atÅboAkademi University; Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria; School of Law at Addis Ababa University; and School of Law Nairobi University, the School of Law Makerere University is implementing a regional project called Strengthening Human Rights Research and Education in Sub-Saharan Africa(SHUREA). SHUREA is a Finnish Government funded project aimed at strengthening policy relevant human rights research at the member institutions.

    With financial support from SHUREA project, the School of Law Makerere University gives two mobility scholarships for PhD/LLD candidates doing human rights doctoral research. These scholarships support the beneficiaries to spend up-to 4 months (From August-December) at either Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria (South Africa) or the Institute for Human Rights at ÅboAkademi University (Finland). The Scholarships cover travel costs, visa costs, health insurance, residence permit costs, accommodation and living allowance.

    This is a call for applications for those interested in these scholarships. Applicants must be registered LLD/PhD candidates at Makerere University doing human rights doctoral research.


    Applicants shouldsubmit the following documentsto the office of theDeputy Principal, School of Law, Makerere University or by email to Copy to

    (a) A motivation letter of not more one page
    (b) a short bio of not more than 1000 words
    (c) Summary concept note of not more than 2 pages of the doctoral research indicating the topic, the problem, the objectives, research questions and methodology
    (d) Proposed work-plan for the 4 months 
    (e) Recommendation from the supervisor
    Deadline for receipt of applications: Thursday 15th March 2018. Only successful applicants will be contacted. If you do not hear from us by Thursday 22nd March 2018, consider yourself unsuccessful.

    For any inquiries, call Dr. Ronald Naluwairo on 0772 636345



  • Strengthening Human Rights Research and Education in Sub-Saharan Africa (SHUREA)

    The School of Law, Makerere University in partnership with the Institute for Human Rights at Abo Akademi University, Centre for Human Rights - University of Pretoria, School of Law - Nairobi University, and the School of Law -Addis Ababa University is implementing a three year sub-Saharan regional project aimed at strengthening the capacity in the project countries to conduct human rights research and provide research-based teaching in human rights of high standard and relevance for societal development processes.

    The project aims to achieve three major outcomes i.e., improved access to doctoral training in human rights; increased high quality research in human rights; and strengthened role of human rights research in societal development processes in the project countries.The project targets PhD candidates and post doc researchers in the field of human rights at the partner universities including academic supervisors. Additionally, the project aims at improving the institutional capacity of universities to provide high-quality PhD training, including obtaining new methods of training and supervision, expanding international cooperation practices, developing prospects for multidisciplinary networking, and building the research capacity of partner universities. Finally, the project aims at engagingdifferent stakeholders (beyond the academic community) on the issue of human rights research in societal development processes.

    For details, contact:
    Dr. Ronald Naluwairo
    Cellphone: +256 772636345.


  • Lex-Lead Scholarships

    Lex:lead is a group of international lawyers and friends who support economic development focusing on the world's least developed countries. They offer an annual essay competition on topics of law and development to the world's least developed countries. In this way we transfer one-time US$500 awards to students addressing our fundamental question: what can law do to reduce poverty and foster economic growth?  In 2015 we also started placing students in internships through the World Bank and other institutions. Launched with funding from the International Bar Association Foundation, Lex:lead is an intellectual partner to the World Bank-supported Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development.

    More Info: 

    In 2015 Moses Baguma, an LL.B IV student Makerere University School of Law, particpated in the Lex-Lead Scholarship essay competition emerging among the winners of 500 Usd which was paid as his tuition for one semester to the University tuition account. Today, he is pleased to serve as Lex-Lead co-ambassador to Uganda and excited to share this opportunity with you.


  • Call for PHD Makerere

    We hereby announce a vacant PhD position at Makerere University, to be closely at-tached to the research programme ‘Political settlements and revenue bargains in Africa: New policy priorities?’

    About the Research Programme: This is a collaborative programme involving Makerere University; REPOA in Dar es Salaam and Aarhus University, Denmark, supported by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The PhD degree will be from Makerere University School of Law. The programme will also include a six- month stay at Aarhus University to attend PhD courses. The PhD programme will run from September 2016 to September 2019.

    The focus: We focus on how governments collect taxes and get other sources of revenue, and we want to understand how different sources of revenue might affect governments’ spending priorities. Our overall question is: How do revenue pro-viders affect governments’ policy priorities? We build a theoretical framework on revenue bargains that considers the interests of both the incumbent rulers and reve-nue providers. This framework pays attention to the mechanisms and conditions by which revenue bargains affect policy priorities, and we work with a conceptualization of policy that can range from collective goods (public policies) to specific goods (e.g. patronage) as revenue bargains include negotiations over various benefit types. We examine specific cases of revenue bargains in Uganda and Tanzania such as between companies and governments; or between salary earners and taxpayer organisations and governments.

    About the PhD research: To apply the PhD candidate should write a proposal of no more than five pages (2,500 words). This proposal must fit into the research ques-tion explained above. For instance, the PhD student can choose to trace revenue bar-gains historically between the government and specific interest groups; the PhD stu-dent may compare different cases of legislation with regard to taxing specific actors; or the student may want to explore how specific revenue providers may push for cer-tain types of policy spending. The deliverables of the PhD student will be a mono-graph or a series of articles uncovering cases of revenue bargains; cases of tax re-forms; or cases by which policy priorities change as a consequence of changes in revenue. The proposal must include: a clear purpose, a discussion of proposed meth-ods and theory, and a timeline (see below for more information). The PhD student will participate in annual workshops and carry out field research on an equal footing with senior researchers in the project.

    Requirements: Ugandan citizen; MA in law, political science, economics or sociology. Not more than 40 years of age.

    Deadline is: April 15 at noon – direct the application to Dr Bakibinga (e-mail see below) with Dr Kjær cc (see below).

    For more information, please contact Dr Bakibinga (Makerere Univer-sity) Bakibinga,,; Dr Kangave,; or Dr Kjær (Aarhus University)

    Kind regards

    Anne Mette Kjær
    Associate professor