The Law Foundation of BC has established a fund of $102,000 for Graduate Fellowships.
Up to six (6) awards of $17,000 each (subject to change).
Opening and Closing Date
Applications will open on October 11, 2021. All material must be included in your application and submitted no later than midnight on January 7, 2022. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
Applications will be adjudicated in February 2022.
Who Can Apply
Field of Study
Full-time graduate studies in law or a law-related area. Please note that the pursuit of a Juris Doctor (JD), as a first law degree, does not constitute graduate studies for the purposes of the Law Foundation Graduate Fellowships. The Graduate Fellowships are not available for graduate programs whose purpose is to provide National Committee on Accreditation equivalency to practice law in Canada.
Recognized universities in British Columbia, Canada, the US, or abroad.
Applicants must be one of the following:
- Graduates of a British Columbia law school.
- Members of the British Columbia bar.
- Attending, or who will be attending at the time of their Fellowship, a graduate program at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia or University of Victoria Law School, with the exception of a graduate program whose purpose is to provide National Committee on Accreditation equivalency to practice law in Canada.
- Residents of British Columbia. For the purposes of the Fellowships, a resident of BC is anyone who is a permanent resident of Canada, and either currently resident in British Columbia or a person who has been resident in British Columbia for a significant amount of their life.
In order to be eligible, applicants must devote themselves primarily to their full-time graduate studies in law or a law-related area. Please note that a person who is a current recipient of a Legal Research Fund grant from the Foundation is ineligible to receive a Graduate Fellowship.
Term of Fellowship
The Fellowships are available for the 2021/2022 academic year. Applicants may apply even if they are already a Fellowship recipient, but an award of a Fellowship does not constitute a commitment for further funding. Students wishing to apply for a second or subsequent Fellowship must submit a new application and should include a reference from their supervising faculty member(s) (see below).
It is a condition of the Fellowship that a recipient submit two reports to the Law Foundation: an interim report on the program of study following the first term; and a final report, within three months of the end of the academic year covered by the Fellowship, including future plans.
Applications will be assessed by the Fellowships and Research Committee composed of a minimum of three Governors of the Law Foundation and one representative from each of the law faculties of Thompson Rivers University, the University of Victoria and the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia. In assessing applications, the Committee will consider not only a candidate’s academic achievements but the likelihood of furtherance of the objectives of the Law Foundation and the possible benefits to the public of British Columbia from making an award to a candidate. In assessing an application, the Committee will take into consideration a candidate’s:
- academic achievements;
- leadership qualities;
- involvement in community activities;
- proposed course of study;
- personal circumstances and their impact upon the applicant’s academic history and goals;
and any other factors that the Committee deems relevant.
How to Apply
The Law Foundation uses the SmartSimple online grant submission and management system. The SmartSimple Portal can be found at:
Applications request information about the applicant’s academic history and achievements and require electronic transcripts and three letters of reference in electronic format (unless you are re-applying, see below) which must be uploaded before the application can be submitted. References should comment on the applicant’s scholarship, abilities, and personal qualities, and must be on the official letterhead of the referee’s organization or institution.
Process for Re-Applications
If and only if the applicant received a Law Foundation Graduate Fellowship in the previous year and is re-applying, instead of three letters of reference, please provide a signed letter from the applicant’s academic advisor on the official letterhead of the organization or institution confirming continued full-time attendance in the program, including:
- a summary of the program of study;
- a progress report of the work accomplished during the previous year; results obtained; and a description of plans for the coming year, including explanations of any substantial deviation from the plan originally outlined in the previous year’s proposal;
- an updated schedule for completing the graduate program; and
- any other information relevant to the application.
The Law Foundation reserves the right to verify the authenticity of all references and all other information submitted as part of an application, including directly contacting the relevant reference or academic institution.
The onus is on the applicant to ensure that all documents are secured and uploaded before midnight January 7, 2022. Please send any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.