Graduate Fellowships

The Law Foundation of BC has established a fund of $102,000 for Graduate Fellowships.

Fellowship Value

Up to six (6) awards of $17,000 each (subject to change).

Opening and Closing Date

Please check back for next funding call.

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.

Where Tenable

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 2022/2023 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.

Selection Process

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.

Academic achievements include those you have completed yourself, and situations where you contributed to an academic project or program as part of a team.

Leadership qualities include academic leadership, such as involvement in organizing a conference or supervising other students, but also can include demonstrations of responsibility and accountability to others such as coaching a sports team, tutoring others, or taking a leadership role in a society or community group. The Committee is aware that students have diverse life circumstances and that not everyone may have had the opportunity, or recent opportunities, to act in roles where they provide leadership to others. The Committee may in such cases consider the qualities that suggest the potential for future leadership in a student’s activities, community work, or academic field.

Involvement in community activities can include a wide range of activities including caring for family members, recurring volunteer work, mentoring others, helping with food gathering, or supporting Elders or participating in an Indigenous community or cultural event or gathering. It can also include other cultural activities and events.  The Committee may also consider involvement in community activities preceding the applicant’s academic studies if you have been unable to contribute to the community while pursuing your current studies.

When evaluating an applicant’s proposed course of study, the Committee will consider how well the course of study aligns with the Foundation’s program objectives under its Legal Research mandate and the Foundation’s overall strategic goals.

Your application will be held in strict confidence. We wish to emphasize this especially in relation to disclosures of personal circumstances and their impact on the applicant’s history and goals. We understand that that such information may be difficult to share. We wish to assure applicants that we will treat such information with respect, and that it will not be shared. If provided, it will be used only to help the Committee to better understand an overall application.

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.

Please send any questions to [email protected].