Fellowship, Award and Scholarship Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)



Who is eligible?

To be eligible for any Borrin Foundation Fellowship, Award or Scholarship, you must have either NZ Citizenship or NZ Permanent Residency.

Each Fellowship, Award and Scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. See the information for the individual programme for more information:

Borrin Foundation Justice Fellowship

Borrin Foundation – Community Law Fellowship

Borrin Foundation Women Leaders in Law Fellowship

Borrin Foundation Travel and Learning Awards

Borrin Foundation – Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Postgraduate Scholarship


Do I need a law degree to be eligible for individual funding?

You must have a law degree to be eligible for our Fellowships – this includes the Justice Fellowship, Women Leaders in Law Fellowship and Borrin Foundation – Community Law Fellowship. If you do not have a law degree but are working close to the law, you might consider applying for our project funding.

For our Travel and Learning Awards, and the Borrin Foundation – Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Postgraduate Scholarship, see the individual awards for specific eligibility criteria.


Can I apply with another person to share the Fellowship, Award or Scholarship?

No. The Fellowships, Awards and Scholarships are only available for applications from individuals. The purpose of the funding is to develop and foster individual professional development, innovation and leadership in the law. If you have an idea for a project involving other people, consider applying for a grant through our project funding.


How do I apply?

You must apply online. This involves completing our online application and uploading your documents online. Before starting the application online, be sure you have your information ready. You cannot save your application part way through and return to complete it. You need to submit the application all at one time. See the individual Fellowships, Awards or Scholarship to determine what information you need to prepare for your application.

If you have questions or problems completing the application or uploading any files contact Megan on admin@borrinfoundation.nz.

You may also choose to provide a link to a video as an introduction to yourself and your proposal. This is optional. See the additional information below.


What information is needed for references?

When you submit your application you will be asked to provide names, email addresses and phone numbers for 2 referees. We will send a link directly to your referees to complete a confidential online form. You must ask your referees in advance to agree to complete the online form – you can use our template to request written references.

We may contact your referees if they have not submitted a written reference by the application deadline. We will not contact your references for additional information.


What should my proposal or plan include?

We have provided templates to help when writing your proposal or plan. There is a different template for each individual aware, fellowship or scholarship. Templates will be available when applications are open.


Do I need to include a video as part of my application?

No. You do not need to make a video. This is optional. You can choose to make a video as an additional way to introduce yourself and your proposal or plan. The video must be no more than 3 minutes. If you make a video, you can use a service such as YouTube or Vimeo to upload your video and share the link with us in your application.


How much funding can I apply for?

For each programme there is a pool of funding available. The pool of funding may be awarded in full to one individual or we may make multiple separate awards to individuals. The amount of funding requested should match the need of your proposal or plan. See the individual programmes for information on what the funding can and cannot be used for.


What about GST and tax?

Grants may be considered taxable and also may be subject to GST depending on your particular circumstances. Because individual situations are unique to each person, you are responsible for determining your own tax obligations. You may wish to seek tax advice in preparing a budget for your application.

For the Borrin Foundation – Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Postgraduate Scholarship, scholarship grants paid for attendance at an educational institution are exempt income under the Income Tax Act 2007 (CW36) and not subject to income tax. However, individual situations are unique to each person or organisation and grantees are responsible for their own tax obligations. You may wish to seek advice on your tax obligations.


If I am part of a project currently or previously funded by a Borrin Foundation grant, can I apply for a Fellowship, Award or Scholarship?

Yes. Our grant funding for projects is separate from our funding of individuals through Fellowships, Awards and Scholarships.


If I participated in a Selection panel for Borrin Foundation Fellowships, Awards or Scholarships can I apply?

Members of a Selection Panel and their immediate families are not eligible for Borrin Foundation Fellowships, Awards or Scholarships for a period ending one year following the termination of that role. This does not disqualify self-supporting members of families who live apart from their parents.


Who do I contact with questions?

If you can’t find the answers to your questions here, please contact Megan, the Operations and Programme Associate, on admin@borrinfoundation.nz or 020 4184 5464.


When is the deadline to apply?

We open application rounds twice a year, approximately in March and approximately in August. See the individual Fellowships, Awards and Scholarships for specific deadlines.


When could I start my Fellowship, study or travel?

We do not provide retrospective funding. Applications to fund research, study or travel that has occurred or would take place before the decision date are not accepted. If you are part-way through study, you may apply for funding for remaining study. If you are unsure if your request or plan is eligible, please ask us.