Media release: New Borrin Foundation Travel and Learning Awards

The Michael and Suzanne Borrin Foundation has announced new Travel and Learning Awards to support individual members of the New Zealand legal community to travel overseas, or within Aotearoa New Zealand to learn from others and to share their learnings. The total pool of funding available is $120,000. 12 awards of up to $10,000 each will be available per year.

These awards give legal professionals the opportunity, investigate topics or practices that will benefit New Zealand communities, and build relationships and networks. While travel restrictions are in place for COVID-19, funding may also be used for participation in virtual conferences and events.

The award can be used to fund travel for 2-8 weeks to pursue a practical inquiry, to share knowledge, to build networks or to attend conferences, training, or other professional learning opportunities.

Applications open on Monday 9 August 2021 and close at 12pm on Friday 3 September.

The Travel and Learning Awards are one of three opportunities being offered in this round of applications. During this round, a total pool of $320,000 will be available for three types of scholarships, awards, and fellowships.

Applications are also open for the recently announced Borrin Foundation – Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Scholarship. $80,000 is available for Māori law graduates who wish to obtain a post-graduate degree in law overseas or domestically. This may be awarded to one scholar or split into two.

Applications for the Borrin Foundation Justice Fellowship are also open. $120,000 is available, which may be awarded to one fellow or split into two.

Justice Goddard, Chair of the Borrin Foundation’s Grants and Scholarship Committee, says “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.”

Chief Philanthropic Officer, Tupe Solomon-Tanoa’i says, “this is a great opportunity for legal professionals who are curious, passionate and have a lifelong commitment to justice and service.”

More information on the eligibility criteria and how to apply can be found at


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