Scholarships & Opportunities

  • 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