Would you like to explore a legal or justice related issue and generate evidence-based insights that could improve justice outcomes for the community?

Would you benefit from a $10,000 grant to support you in this endeavour?

If so, apply now to become one of our inaugural 2024 Justice Fellows.

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 deadline to apply for the 2024-25 Justice Fellowships is 10am, 1 May 2024. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview, and applicants will be 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. To view a full copy of the application form, click here.

Any questions should be sent to [email protected] with Justice Fellowship Enquiry in the title of the email.

FAQs

How will Justice Fellows be chosen?

Justice Fellows will be chosen by a selection committee. The committee will consider several factors, and prioritise topics and applicants demonstrating the strongest potential for advancing access to justice, innovation or reform. The Foundation reserves the right to not award any Fellowships in any year.

What would make a good topic?

A great topic will have the potential to inspire or influence practice, innovation in delivery, policy or legal reform towards better outcomes for the NSW community, drawing on available evidence. The Foundation will support awarded Fellows to refine their topic.

I haven’t done anything like this for many years, does that matter?

Not at all. We are particularly keen to provide the time and opportunity for participants passionate about justice-oriented improvements to explore their chosen topic in-depth, and give a voice to those who have no other outlet for their ideas. The team at the Foundation will ensure you are supported in delivering on your topic.

Can you tell me more about what output is expected from the Fellowship?

In producing an evidence-based paper (or otherwised agreed output), Fellows are expected to use an evidence-based approach to justify a particular perspective. The final output is typically expected to be a publishable report or short essay outlining findings or an opinion, clearly backed up with cited evidence.

What will Fellows need to provide?

  • A chosen access to justice, policy, law or procedural reform topic
  • Their own IT equipment
  • Willingness to meet with the Foundation team on a regular basis
  • Availability between 10 and 20 days (over 3 months) for investigation, write-up, and dissemination. This aims to minimise disruption to regular employment
  • Enthusiasm to make a difference for the NSW community

Are there other terms of the Justice Fellowships I should be aware of?

Intellectual property and other matters will be addressed in a written agreement between the Foundation and the Fellow. It will outline the relationship, the Fellow’s obligations, the Foundation’s support, and cover other aspects including social media. The Foundation retains the right not to publish the output in specific circumstances.

What about intellectual property?

Justice Fellows will retain the IP of their Fellowship work, however the Foundation will retain a royalty-free license to use and disseminate outputs as it deems fit.

Will there be publicity?

The Foundation may promote the Justice Fellowships and the outputs on social media and via mass media engagement. Awarded Fellows should contact the Foundation if they hold any concerns regarding media engagement and publicity.