Fellowship Application Guide



Who is eligible?

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

Each Fellowship has specific eligibility criteria. See the information for the individual Fellowships for more information. See the information for the individual Fellowships for more information:

Borrin Foundation Justice Fellowship

Borrin Foundation-Community Law Fellowship

There is no upper age limit. Anyone who expects to be working in the law for another 10 years or more is welcome to apply.


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

Yes, you must have a law degree. If you do not have a law degree but are working close to the law, you might consider applying for our project funding.


How to apply?

You must apply online. This involves completing an online application with a number of questions 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.

In addition to the questions in the application form, you will need to upload the following documents (PDF files only):

  • A CV or resume (maximum 3 pages)
  • A personal statement (maximum 2 pages)
  • A proposal (maximum 5 pages)
  • Names and contact details for 2 referees who have agreed to provide a written reference for you.

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

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


What should your personal statement include?

Your personal statement should provide more background about you and your personal motivation and skills related to your proposal. It might answer the following questions:

  • Why are you engaged in your current field of work?
  • What is the issue or question you would like to pursue through a Borrin Foundation Fellowship? Why are you the right person to tackle this challenge? What special knowledge, skills or networks do you have?
  • In what places or communities do you have influence, leadership or connections?
  • Why is this the right time for this inquiry, both for the issue and for you personally?


What information is needed for references?

Written references are required from two people to support your application. References must be signed. You should ask your referees to send their written reference in confidence directly to the Michael and Suzanne Borrin Foundation office. These can be sent by email to admin@borrinfoundation.nz with your name in the subject line. We will send a confirmation to you and your referee once the reference is received.

We ask you to provide the names and contact details for your referees in our online application. We may contact your referees only if they have not submitted a written reference by the application deadline. We will not contact your references for additional information.

Referees should provide an honest and confidential assessment of the applicant. The information they provide should include:

  • the period of time that the referee has known the applicant and in what capacity
  • what the referee would see as the applicant’s strengths and weaknesses;
  • the calibre of the applicant’s work and potential for contribution to their field and proposal
  • any specific experiences or reasons why the applicant should be selected for a Borrin Foundation Fellowship
  • the applicant’s leadership qualities and experience (currently or potentially)
  • the suitability of the applicant’s proposal (if appropriate)


What should your proposal include?

We have provided a proposal template to help guide you when writing your proposal. It should be no more than 5 pages in length. Your proposal should address the following:

  • Brief overview and purpose of your idea (issue or question)
  • The significance or what is the need
  • The impact: who will benefit and in what way
  • The anticipated end-result
  • The amount of funding requested and what it is for (budget)


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

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. The video must be no more than 3 minutes. If you make a video, you can share this in your application by providing a link to the video online.


How much funding can I apply for?

For each Fellowship there is a pool of funding available. For each Fellowship, the pool of funding may be awarded in full or in part to one fellow or may be split between two or three fellows. The amount of funding requested should match the need of the proposal. See the individual Fellowships for more information on what the funding may be used for.


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 megan@borrinfoundation.nz or 020 4184 5464.


When is the deadline to apply?

For the current round, the deadline for applications closed on 9 October 2020.