Ethel Benjamin Scholarship Program

This Ethel Benjamin Scholarship is provided by New Zealand Law Foundation. The scholarship is open to female applicants who already accepted into a postgraduate course in law at either a New Zealand or an overseas university acceptable to the Selection Committee. Only the citizens of New Zealand are invited to apply.

Scholarship Description
To support postgraduate research in law that will protect and promote the interests of the public in relation to legal matters in New Zealand. In 1997 the Trustees of the New Zealand Law Foundation unanimously determined to mark the centenary of the admission of Ethel Benjamin as the first woman barrister and solicitor. To that end they established this scholarship as a merit-based award to outstanding women scholars.

Award Value

  • Up to $20,000 for study in New Zealand
  • Up to $50,000 for study overseas
  • One or two scholarships may be awarded in any given year. (Extra funds may be made available by the Foundation on the recommendation of the Selection Committee.)

Level and Area of Studies
Postgraduate research program in law discipline

Place of Study
The study will be taken in New Zealand or Abroad.

Eligibility and Criteria
The Ethel Benjamin Scholarship may be awarded to any woman scholar who is:

  • a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
  • the holder of a New Zealand university law degree (unless there are exceptional circumstances the award would normally be made to candidates who have gained the qualifying degree within the past five years)
  • accepted into a postgraduate course in law at either a New Zealand or an overseas university acceptable to the Selection Committee.

Applicants’ Nationality
Only the citizens of New Zealand are invited to apply.

Application Instruction
The following materials must be submitted through the online application system:

  • the applicant’s academic record.
  • a statement of the proposed programme of research or advanced study.
  • proof of NZ citizenship or permanent residency.
  • an example of legal writing not exceeding 10,000 words (e.g. essays, opinions, legal articles, the chapter of thesis), accompanied by an abstract to provide information on the context of the original.
  • full particulars of any other bursaries, scholarships, prizes or fellowships which the applicant has applied for or been awarded.

Submission Deadline
1 March every year.

Website and Application Link

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