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University of Alberta Graduate Scholarships

FACULTY OF LAW OPPORTUNITIES

Eligible students will be considered automatically by the Faculty of Law at the time of admission for the following scholarships. Please note that due to the recent economic disruption, the amounts noted below may be reduced:

1. THE HONOURABLE N.D. McDERMID GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS IN LAW

Donor: McDermid Law Fund in memory of the late Honourable Neil Douglas McDermid, Q.C. who was a prominent member of the legal profession of Alberta and the Calgary community for many years.

Value: 2 @ $12,000

Eligibility: Awarded to a student entering or enrolled in a full-time graduate program in the Faculty of Law. Awards will be based upon academic excellence. If no suitable candidates are found at the time of selection, the scholarship will not be awarded in that year. The scholarships are not renewable.

Application: There is no application form; eligible students will be considered automatically by the Faculty of Law.

2. FOOTE GRADUATE AWARD IN LAW

Funded by the Eldon and Anne Foote Fund held by the Edmonton Community Foundation

Value: $20,000.00

Eligibility: Awarded annually to a student registered full-time in a graduate degree program in the Faculty of Law. The recipient will be selected on the basis of academic merit (minimum grade point average of 3.0) and proven ability of the applicant in the area of study.

Application: There is no application form; eligible students will be considered on the recommendation of the Faculty of Law.

3. DIANE ELIZABETH COSSINS MEMORIAL GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP IN CRIMINOLOGY

Endowed by Professor Edwin A Cossins, Mrs Lucille J Cossins, and Mrs Carolyn Blower, parents and sister of Diane Cossins who received a BA, 1988, and a MA, 1991, in Sociology, from the University of Alberta

Value: $10,000

Eligibility: Awarded annually to a student registered in a MA, LLM, or PhD program who is engaged in thesis research of the Canadian criminal justice system. Students may apply, in open competition, to hold the scholarship for a second year.

Application: Eligible students should contact the Associate Dean (Graduate Studies), 4th Flr Law Centre.

UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA OPPORTUNITIES

The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research also has a listing of Scholarships and Awards that you may be eligible for. Please visit their website by clicking here.

EXTERNAL FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

(applicants must make their own application to these funding agencies)

1. CIHR HEALTH LAW, ETHICS AND POLICY FELLOWSHIP

Sponsor: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Tenure: Tenable at Dalhousie University, University of Toronto, University of Sherbrooke, or University of Alberta

Deadline: March each year

Value: Minimum of $17,850 per year for full-time studies ($8,925 part-time)

Number of Awards: Approximately ten per year

Awarding Body: The Program Coordinating Committee of the CIHR Training Program in Health Law and Policy

Conditions: To be awarded to a student registered in the Faculty of Law's graduate program at Dalhousie University, University of Toronto, University of Sherbrooke, or the University of Alberta on the basis of academic excellence, a commitment to multi-disciplinary research, a fit with available supervisory capacity and a balance across the spectrum of health policy issues to more comprehensively meet the full range of needs of Canada’s health care system.

Application Process: Please visit the CIHR Training Program in Health Law, Ethics and Policy website for updated information and the application form.

2. THE CANADIAN PETROLEUM LAW FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

Amount of Program: Up to $20,000 for each Academic Year

Annual Review: The Board will make an assessment each year to determine if the Scholarship Program will be offered for the next Academic Year.

One Candidate Per University: Each University in Canada will be invited to designate one candidate from their LL.M. Program (the "Designated Candidate"). The invitation will be made by letter from the Chair of the Subcommittee to the faculties of law in Canada.

Criteria for Selection: The Scholarship Program is available to Canadian and foreign students enrolled in a Canadian University LLM program who are confirmed as the Designated Candidate by the Law School. Only one Designated Candidate per law school is eligible. The CPLF Graduate Scholarship in Law is awarded to a student on a one-time basis only. Student will not be permitted to re-apply for the scholarship if they have received the scholarship in a prior year. The CPLF Scholarship Subcommittee will make its recommendation for award(s) on the basis of:

a) thesis topic(s) that are of interest to Canadian oil and gas lawyers; or

b) recipient(s) intending to make a significant contribution to the Canadian oil and gas legal practice.

Application Deadline: To be established by the CPLF Scholarship Subcommittee.

Application Matters: Each Designated Candidate must submit a statement describing the thesis topic and why it would be of interest to Canadian oil and gas lawyers and/or a description of the activities undertaken by the applicant that are intended to make a significant contribution to the Canadian oil and gas legal practice. The application must be accompanied by a letter from the Law School confirming that the candidate is the Designated Candidate for the Law School for the Scholarship Program.

Award of Scholarship: The recipient(s) will be determined by the Board upon recommendation of the CPLF Scholarship Subcommittee. The Board has the discretion to award all or part of the $20,000 to one or more graduate students or to award no scholarship in respect of any year.

Please visit the site of the Canadian Petroleum Law Foundation for the most current information.  If you are interested, please contact the Associate Dean (Graduate Studies).

3. THE ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES OF CANADA (AUCC)

The AUCC offers many scholarships, in addition to those mentioned above, for those pursuing graduate or undergraduate work. Please visit their listings by clicking here.

4. ALBERTA LEARNING SCHOLARSHIP CONNECTION

The Scholarship Connection is a collection of more than 300 scholarships provided by a variety of organizations. You can search by keyword, category or deadline for scholarships in areas ranging from leadership to athletics to the arts. Please click here to visit their website.

5. VISCOUNT BENNETT SCHOLARSHIP: LAW SOCIETY OF ALBERTA

Value: An award of up to $20,000.00 may be paid annually to provide for post-graduate studies in an institution of higher learning, in common law, approved by the Viscount Bennett Scholarship Selection Committee (hereinafter referred to as the "Committee").

Eligibility: Applicants must be Law graduates, articling students or members of the Law Society of Alberta, ordinarily resident in, or if not presently resident in, then with an express intention to return to, the Province of Alberta.

Awards will be made by the Committee based primarily on the academic excellence displayed by the applicant in University and Law School. The Committee may also have regard for: the degree of involvement of the applicant in law school, university, community and legal affairs; all other things being equal or very near equal, the financial need of the applicant may be taken into consideration; and any other scholarships or awards which the candidate may have been awarded.

Application: Persons interested should write a letter of application to:

Philip Bryden
Dean of Law
487 Law Centre
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB, T6G 2H5
Telephone: 780-492-5590
Fax; 780-492-4924
E-mail: dean@law.ualberta.ca

Deadline: early May

The application should include:

  • Vitae of personal and professional data, including applicant's past, current and likely future connection to Alberta;
  • Official University transcripts (Pre-law and Law School);
  • List of awards and prizes, if any;
  • Three letters of reference, at least two of which must be academic references;
  • The name of the institution(s) where application has been made for post-graduate study;
  • Description of research plan and proposed course of study;
  • Description of future plans;
  • A list and status of other award/scholarship applications;
  • Evidence of financial need, including proposed budget;
  • Any other information deemed relevant.

For more information please contact the Dean's office.

Please click here for the most current infomation regarding this opportunity.

6. VISCOUNT BENNETT FELLOWSHIP: CANADIAN BAR ASSOCIATION

Value: A $40,000 fellowship is offered annually to one student for post-graduate studies in law

Eligibility:

  • Candidates must be Canadian citizens who have graduated from an approved law school in Canada, or, who at the time of application are pursing final year studies as undergraduate students at such approved law school;
  • Candidates must file a completed official application form on or before the deadline;
  • Applications must be accompanied by a $25.00 filing fee. The fee is waived for CBA members;
  • The Award will be paid as a fellowship for post-graduate studies at a university approved by the Committee;
  • The Viscount Bennett Award is granted on the condition that the total funding accepted by the Viscount Bennett recipient from other fellowships, scholarships or grants during the applicable period does not exceed the total of the Viscount Bennett Fellowship. For greater clarity, the total amount of funding in any academic year shall not exceed $65,000 of which $40,000 is Viscount Bennett. Fellows must inform the CBA of such funding prior to acceptance of the Viscount Bennett;
  • Other conditions apply. Please see application form for full details.

Application:

  • Each applicant must submit a Viscount Bennett Application form with relevant attachments. Please see application form for requirements and full set of conditions;
  • Applications must be accompanied by: a birth or citizenship certificate; a certified copy of all law school transcripts; a one page synopsis highlighting pertinent information from university transcripts; a synopsis of extra-curricular activities during post-secondary studies; a statement of the course of study to be pursued; and three letters of reference;
  • It is recommended that candidates review their application with their Law School Dean;
  • Completed application forms must be submitted to: Viscount Bennett Fellowship, c/o Stephen Hanson, Senior Director of Communications, The Canadian Bar Association, 865 Carling Avenue, Suite 500, Ottawa, ON K1S 5S8.
  • Deadline is November 15

Please visit http://www.cba.org/CBA/Awards/viscount_bennett/ for the most current information regarding this opportunity.

7. SSHRC (SOCIAL SCIENCES & HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCIL OF CANADA)

SSHRC funding is available for students in LLM and doctoral programs. Students must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents to be eligible to apply. See http://www.sshrc.ca for further details and deadlines.

8. JOHN PETERS HUMPHREY STUDENT FELLOWSHIP IN INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS LAW OR INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION

Graduating or graduate students of Canadian law faculties are eligible to apply for Fellowships that provide up to CAN $25,000 for tuition/fees plus a CAN $10,000 stipend for living expenses. Fellowship holders are eligible to apply for the Fellowship in open competition for a second term. Applicants must be qualified to commence or continue as full-time students in a graduate program in the field of international human rights law or international organizations. Each year, at least one Fellowship may be set aside for students entering a Master’s level program.

Deadline: November

See http://ccil-ccdi.ca for the application form and further details.

9. ALBERTA AWARD FOR THE STUDY OF CANADIAN HUMAN RIGHTS AND MULTICULTURALISM

Funded by the Government of Alberta

Value: Two $10,000 awards, one for a master's level student and one for a student studying at the doctoral level.

Eligibility: Supports graduate studies in Canadian human rights or multiculturalism. Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents enrolled or planning to enroll as a full-time graduate student at an Alberta public post-secondary institution in a program of study that supports the purpose of the scholarship. Applicants must also be planning to do research that is within a Canadian context and will ultimately benefit Albertans.

Application Deadline: February 1

Award Information (Alberta Scholarships Program): http://www.alis.gov.ab.ca/et/fo/scholarships/info.html?EK=876

10. INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL FOR CANADIAN STUDIES

International students from listed countries may be eligible for scholarships/awards sponsored by the ICCS. See http:/www.iccs-ciec.ca for furthers details.