Introducing the Justice Fellowships

The Law and Justice Foundation of NSW (‘the Foundation’) is launching the inaugural Justice Fellowships program, offering a platform for in-depth exploration of legal and access to justice issues. The program seeks to cultivate and share innovative ideas in support of promoting access to justice, with each awarded Justice Fellow pursuing their identified topic of interest.

Up to four Justice Fellowships will be awarded annually. Each Justice Fellow will receive $10,000 (pre-tax) to cover their expenses, as well as support and guidance from the Foundation in exploring their chosen topic. Justice Fellows will be invited to present their findings and ideas at a sector forum hosted by the Foundation.

Applicants may select from our suggested legal and access to justice topics, or propose their own.

In identifying a topic of interest, applicants may wish to consider:

It is expected that the output of each Justice Fellowship be published in the Foundation’s new series, ‘Justice Ideas’. The series promotes evidence-based perspectives on topical legal and access to justice issues. Justice Fellows will receive support from the Foundation in the production of outputs.


Topic examples

What the Foundation will offer

The Foundation will offer financial and in-person support to each Fellow, and a range of opportunities to share the outputs of the Fellowship, encompassing:

Eligibility

People working in the legal or justice sector, government, education, or allied human services in New South Wales are eligible to apply. Applicants will have a current or previous association with any of the following NSW-based organisations:

Applicants will have made a contribution to positive justice or community related outcomes in their career and/or current role. We welcome applicants from all stages of their career. The award of Justice Fellowships will be prioritised to applicants who demonstrate experience and outstanding potential in advancing access to justice and improved outcomes for the community.

Expectations

Each Justice Fellow will be required to devote the equivalent of 10 to 20 days of time to their Fellowship, over a minimum 3-month period (which can be extended on request). This time will be spent at the Fellow’s discretion, and may include reading, interviewing, surveying, analysing, discussing and writing.

The output of each Justice Fellowship is intended to be an evidence-based paper in the form of a short essay (10,000 to 30,000 words) for publication in our new report series ‘Justice Ideas’. Alternatively, and subject to the Director’s approval, the Fellowship output may be delivered in the format of a presentation, or facilitation of round-table discussions.

Application timeline

The 2024-2025 Justice Fellowships are now closed.

Shortlisted applicants for this round will be invited to an interview and notified of the selection committee’s decision by 30 June 2024. Fellowships can commence at any time thereafter, up until 1 April 2025 at the latest, and are to be completed by 30 June 2025. Fellows are expected to commit to at least 10 days working on their proposed topic and paper during the period of their Fellowship.

We expect the next round of Fellowships for 2025-2026 to be released in late-March 2025.