Fellowships & Awards: Funding Individuals

We currently offer three Fellowships – the Borrin Foundation Justice Fellowship for outstanding legal professionals with more than 10 years of experience in the law, the Borrin Foundation-Community Law Fellowship for lawyers at one of the 24 Community Law Centres and the Borrin Foundation Women Leaders in Law Fellowship for women who are on a journey to becoming leaders in the law.

Further fellowships and awards for individuals will be announced in the future, to support and celebrate outstanding legal professionals working towards the Borrin Foundation’s vision of an Aotearoa New Zealand where everyone understands the role and value of the law, and enjoys the protection and opportunity that it provides.

Borrin Foundation vision and guiding principles for individual funding

The Borrin Foundation aims to support, invest in, and celebrate people whose knowledge, skills, commitment and passion will contribute to the achievement of our shared vision for Aotearoa New Zealand.

Our decisions on funding for individuals will take into account the following factors:

  • Commitment: we aim to invest in people with a demonstrated commitment to the relevant field and to New Zealand,
  • Impact: we believe that investing in people can have a significant long-term practical impact on the way in which the law meets the needs and aspirations of New Zealanders,
  • Catalyst: our support should be a catalyst for change for the people we support, and for the field they work in,
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion: We believe that when funders make diversity, equity, and inclusion central to their work, philanthropy has greater impact. That’s because having varied perspectives helps generate better ideas to solve the complex problems of a changing world.
  • Capacity-building and growing talents: Change is made by people. He aha te mea nui o te ao. He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata!  We want to build capacity and maximise talents.
  • Areas of need: We aim to focus our support on people working in areas of the law that are under-resourced or under-developed.
  • The ‘but-for’ question: Would our funding enable something to happen that otherwise would not? Is there a clear need for external support?


Key dates

We currently run two application rounds for our Fellowships. In March we invite applications for the Borrin Foundation-Community Law Fellowship and the Borrin Foundation Women Leaders in Law Fellowship. In August, we invite applications for the Borrin Foundation Justice Fellowship. See the individual Fellowships below for specific dates for the application process.

Borrin Foundation Justice Fellowship

Borrin Foundation-Community Law Fellowship

Borrin Foundation Women Leaders in Law Fellowship