How to apply – Community Leadership in Justice Fellowship

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Call for applications for 2019/2020 or 2020/2021 academic terms

The Law Foundation of Ontario invites applications for its Community Leadership in Justice Fellowship (CLJF) for the 2019/2020 or 2020/2021 academic terms. Fellows are senior employees of public interest organizations and are funded to spend a period of time within an academic year in residence at an Ontario university or law school, or at an Ontario community college.

Purpose of the fellowship

Through its CLJF program, the Foundation brings together leaders from public interest organizations with Ontario universities, law schools, and community colleges, with a common focus on improving access to justice.

The fellowships aim to:

  1. Provide an opportunity for professional development and renewal for a recognized community leader
  2. Strengthen the bond between academia and public interest organizations, promote better alignment of academic and community agendas, and result in partnerships that last beyond the term of the fellowship
  3. Broaden and enrich faculty and students’ academic experience through innovative approaches to teaching and learning
  4. Build bridges across disciplines for the benefit of the broader community

Examples of the fellow’s responsibilities include:

  • Undertaking research
  • Teaching or co-teaching courses
  • Mentoring
  • Activism and leadership, such as through discussion groups, collaborative projects, public lectures, network-building between researchers and the public interest community

The Law Foundation of Ontario is looking for creative proposals for new work; the proposal cannot be for replacement faculty to teach an existing course. Ideally, all three partners (fellow, academic institution and public interest organization) will expose one another to distinct and challenging perspectives on law and the justice system.


  1. Up to a maximum of $65,000 to cover the fellow’s salary
  2. Up to $15,000 awarded to each academic host for equipment and program-related expenses

Note that program-related expenses can include travel expenses if the fellow lives in a different community than the academic host.


Fellowship candidates are senior employees in public interest organizations dedicated to law reform, legal advocacy, or the justice system. Candidates need not have a degree in law.

Academic hosts must be either a law school or a department dedicated to legal or justice studies (including but not limited to criminology, sociology, social work, political science or law and society programs).

Where tenable

Fellowship candidates interested in spending time at a law school may consult the appended list of CLJF law school contacts who may be approached to discuss opportunities.

Selection criteria

The selection of the recipient(s) of this fellowship will be based on merit.

In assessing each application, the Foundation will consider:

  • The proposal’s clarity and fit with the objectives of this fellowship program
  • The partners’ ability to deliver on commitments
  • The fellowship candidate’s leadership in the community and in justice-related areas
  • Actively promoting equity and inclusion for all individuals
  • The extent to which the fellowship would have a transformative effect on legal education or legal research – in other words, the promise of the individual and the promise of the project/collaboration


  1. Applications must come jointly from the fellowship candidate and the host academic institution.
  1. Applications must be submitted using the following form:
  1. Prospective applicants may contact a past fellow for advice on developing an application:

Click here to learn about past Fellows

  1. The deadline for applications is April 19, 2019.


Successful candidates (fellows, academic hosts and public interest organizations) will be expected to sign The Law Foundation of Ontario’s standard Letter of Agreement and will also be asked to provide written interim and final reports to the Foundation.

Two grants will be made. One grant will be made in the name of the public interest organization for up to $65,000 to cover the fellow’s salary. It is expected that this grant will be administered by the public interest organization. The other grant will be made in the name of the host academic institution for up to $15,000 to cover program-related expenses. It is expected that this grant will be administered by the academic institution. If you require alternative arrangements, please make this clear in your application.

Please note that The Law Foundation of Ontario does not fund indirect costs applied by universities or colleges to recover administrative overhead. Any administrative costs must be shown to be related directly to the project and should be clearly identified in the application with an explanation. Additional funds will not be provided for university overhead. Eligible program-related expenses include, for example, costs for workshops or seminars (materials, audio/visual equipment rental) and office supplies.

For more information

Please contact Tanya Lee, Chief Executive Officer, at 416-598-1550 x 305 or