Graduate Fellowships

The Law Foundation of BC has established a fund of $90,000 for 2020 for Graduate Fellowships.

Fellowship Value

Up to six (6) awards of $15,000 each (subject to change).

Application Deadline

All applications and supporting material must be received by the Law Foundation no later than January 3, 2020.

Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

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.

Terms of Fellowship

The Fellowships are available for the 2020/2021 academic year. If a recipient’s program of study extends beyond one year, they may apply for a second Fellowship in the next year’s competition. An award of a Fellowship for the first year of study does not constitute a commitment for further funding. Please note that there is a simplified process for students wishing to apply for a second or subsequent Fellowship. (See Simplified Process for Re-Applications 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 on the program of study undertaken, the results obtained and the future career plans of the recipient.

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 this likelihood, the Committee will take into consideration a candidate’s:

  1. academic achievements;
  2. leadership qualities;
  3. involvement in community activities;
  4. proposed course of study;
  5. and such other factors as the Committee deems relevant.

How to Apply

The Law Foundation now uses the SmartSimple online grant submission and management system (with the exception of persons who qualify for the Simplified Process for Re-Applications, please see below).  The SmartSimple Portal can be found at:

Applications will be adjudicated in February 2020. Please send any questions to

Simplified Process for Re-Applications

If you have received a Law Foundation Graduate Fellowship in the previous year and your program of study extends beyond one year, you may apply for a subsequent Fellowship in the next year’s competition by providing a letter of request and a signed letter from your academic advisor confirming your continued full-time attendance in the program. Please include the following in your letter of request:

  1. A summary of your program of study.
  2. 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. This report should be endorsed by two members of the supervising committee, one being the supervisor.
  3. An updated schedule for completing the graduate program.
  4. Any other information relevant to your application.

Please send simplified re-applications to

The onus is on the applicant to ensure that all documents are submitted to the Law Foundation by the January 3, 2020 deadline.