Borrin Foundation Women Leaders in Law Fellowship

Applications closed 26 April 2022.

Pool of funding available: $50,000

We invite proposals from women who are on a journey to becoming leaders in the legal world in Aotearoa New Zealand.

There are many types of leadership such as people leadership, thought leadership, and leadership through service to others. The Borrin Foundation wishes to see a greater number of women take up a wider range of leadership roles in the law in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The fellowship aims to support women to have an impact in the legal world, to use their influence in the law, and to serve their communities in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The pool of funding may be awarded to one fellow or may be split separately between two or three women. The cost of the proposal should match the fellowship needs.

Eligibility  

  • Women with at least 10 years’ experience in law at the time of applying.
  • Women who show resilience, grit, determination and strength of character to be a pioneer or leader in the legal world in Aotearoa New Zealand.

 

How it works

  • The Fellowship can be used for professional development courses, further study including postgraduate degree, or an ‘inquiry project’. It should build the leadership capacity of the Fellow.
  • An ‘inquiry project’ would allow the Fellow to pursue an inquiry, or pioneer solutions to legal issues, and leverage their knowledge and contacts.
  • There is no minimum or maximum time commitment – it depends on the Fellowship proposal.
  • Emphasis will also be placed on financial need as well as the potential of the Fellow.
  • Prior academic achievements are not a pre-requisite for applying.
  • Strong focus will be given to diversity, equity and inclusion.

 

Exclusions

  • Graduates applying for postgraduate study within five years of graduating from Law School.
  • General legal practice.

Please also see our general grant exclusions.

 

Application dates

​Applications open once a year in March. The dates for the current application round are:

Applications open: 21 March 2022

Applications close: 26 April 2022

Decisions confirmed: late July 2022

Earliest Fellowship could start: October 2022

 

How to apply

To apply you need to prepare all your paperwork first, then submit this information through our online application. The proposal template and online application form will be available when we are accepting applications.

  1. Complete the proposal template including your proposal and personal statement. This document should be no more than 7 pages with max 5 pages for your proposal and max 2 pages for your personal statement. There are two proposal templates for this fellowship depending on the type of application. If you are applying for the purposes of pursuing professional development courses or further study including a postgraduate degree, use the Women Leaders in Law Fellowship proposal template (professional development) – template in Word doc. If you are applying for an inquiry project, use the Women Leaders in Law Fellowship proposal template (inquiry) – template in Word doc.
  2. Prepare your CV or resume (max 3 pages).
  3. Ask two people for permission for the Borrin Foundation to contact them directly to provide a written reference – you can use our template to request written references (template in Word doc).
  4. Once all your paperwork is ready, complete our online application and upload your proposal and CV as PDF files.

If you have any questions contact Megan at admin@borrinfoundation.nz.

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