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We are no longer accepting applications for this call for proposals. The deadline for applications was April 29, 2016. Applicants who submitted an application by the deadline will be contacted in due course.

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Community Leadership in Justice Fellowships

Call for Applications, 2016/2017 or 2017/18 Academic Terms

The Law Foundation of Ontario invites applications for its Community Leadership in Justice Fellowships for the 2016/2017 or 2017/2018 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.


Through these Fellowships, 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 $50,000 for up to two awards, to cover the Fellow’s salary
  2. Up to $15,000 awarded to each academic host for equipment and program-related expenses

The fellowship funds may be used flexibly, as long as all parties confirm their agreement to the proposed budget. 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).


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.


The selection of the recipient(s) of this fellowship will be based strictly 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
  • 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 CLJF 2016/2017 or 2017/2018 Application Form:
  1. Prospective applicants may contact a past Fellow for advice on developing an application:

Click here to learn about past Fellows

  1. We are no longer accepting applications for this call for proposals. The deadline for applications was April 29, 2016. 


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


Please contact Kirsti Mathers McHenry, Director, Policy and Programs, at 416-598-1550 ext. 310 or