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New Zealand Law Foundation Ethel Benjamin Scholarship (for women)

To support postgraduate research in law that will protect and promote the interests of the public in relation to legal matters in New Zealand.

In 1997 the Trustees of the New Zealand Law Foundation unanimously determined to mark the centenary of the admission of Ethel Benjamin as the first woman barrister and solicitor. To that end they established this scholarship as a merit-based award to outstanding women scholars.  


A Scholarship may be awarded to any woman scholar who is: 

  1. a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
  2. the holder of a New Zealand university law degree (unless there are exceptional circumstances the award would normally be made to candidates who have gained the qualifying degree within the past five years)
  3. accepted into a postgraduate course in law at either a New Zealand or an overseas university acceptable to the Selection Committee. 

Value and number awarded 

Up to $20,000 for study in New Zealand

Up to $30,000 for study overseas

Up to three scholarships may be awarded in any given year. (Extra funds may be made available by the Foundation on the recommendation of the Selection Committee.)

Opening date

1 November

Closing Date

1 February

How to apply 

Check your eligibility

Read the Regulations

Applications for the scholarship is an online application process. A link to the application website is available here.

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