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Application for the Makandal Daaga Scholarship in Law

For Release Upon Receipt - April 21, 2017

St. Augustine

Applications are invited for the Makandal Daaga Scholarship in Law. The scholarship is named in honour of Makandal Daaga, liberator and social activist of Trinidad and Tobago, who spearheaded the ‘Black Power Movement’.  Daaga’s work focused on the central tenets of law, that is, equality, social justice and fairness. His advocacy and that of the several organisations he instituted, made significant impacts on areas that are of particular relevance to law and legal policy. Accordingly, the scholarship is aimed at creating lawyers who will be meaningful change agents working towards promoting justice and an egalitarian society. Suitable applicants will be persons with a discernible record of advocating for positive social change in their communities, through concrete work on issues of justice, equality, or democracy, whether in an NGO, governmental, or regional capacity, or in an individual capacity.


This is an equal opportunity scholarship. Candidates may be of any age, gender, race or CARICOM nationality. Interested persons must include in their application an essay of no more than 350 words describing their work and activism and explaining how earning a law degree will enhance this work. For more on the application guidelines visit Applications for this scholarship close on May 8, 2017.

Applicants must also satisfy the matriculation requirements of The University of the West Indies and must simultaneously apply to the Faculty of Law by May 31st, 2017.  For more information visit call 662-2002 ext.82039, 82040 | email:





About The UWI

Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with well over 40,000 students. Today, The UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in BarbadosJamaicaTrinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology and Social Sciences. The UWI’s seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation. For more information, visit

(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)