NZLF Doctoral Scholarship

The New Zealand Law Foundation Doctoral Scholarship aims to encourage postgraduate study and research in law in New Zealand.

The scholarship will be awarded to a doctoral candidate who will carry out research in a defined area of the law which is for the benefit of New Zealand and its legal system.

The inaugural award of this scholarship was made in 2011 but it was then withdrawn.  In 2016 it was reviewed and is now available again under different terms of reference.

Value: $10,000 each year for up to three years as a ‘top up’ to the award of an NZ University PhD Scholarship.

Applications are accepted twice a year.  Applications close at 5pm on 28 February and 5pm on 31 August in each year.  Read the Guidelines for Applications and Terms of Reference documents before applying.


Terms of Reference
Guidelines for applications

Apply on line here

Previous Doctoral Scholarship Recipients

2012-2015 : No award was made

2011 : Bridgette Toy-Cronin

BA (Auck); LLM (Harv). PhD study at University of Otago

About the recipient and their research
Photo of 2011 NZLF Doctoral Scholarship winner Bridgette Toy-Cronin


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