New Zealand Law Foundation

The New Zealand Law Foundation is inviting applicants for its grant programs to fund legal research, public education on legal matters and legal training.

The Foundation fulfils a unique and important role in New Zealand’s political and social development through funding quality legal research in New Zealand.


To provide opportunities for the acquisition and diffusion of legal knowledge and the consideration and suggestion of amendments to the law.
To carry out research in the science of jurisprudence in all its branches for the education and benefit of the public.
To disseminate knowledge gained by such research for the education of legal practitioners, students of law, and all other persons and organisations concerned with the application, administration, development or improvement of the law.
To protect and promote the interests of the public in relation to legal matters.
Type of Grants

Legal Research and General Law grants: 1 July 2019
Information Law & Policy Project grants: 1 July 2019
Conference funding grants: 21 October 2109
Eligibility Criteria

Applications will be considered from institutions, organisations and individuals, for projects or research falling within the objectives of the Foundation’s Trust Deed.

Funding Criteria

Every grant must be made for charitable purposes within New Zealand.
Projects should benefit a significant number of people relative to the funds employed or be of national significance.
Projects should be of national rather than local benefit.
Projects must be seen as having an impact, either immediately or in the foreseeable future.
Innovative, high-quality initiatives and projects are preferred.
Applications for the support of conferences and seminars will not be considered if they exclude the media or exposure to the public.
The foundation does not generally support research or study for postgraduate degrees, but from time to time they offer a Doctoral Scholarship (in Law).
Applications for grants to assist with undergraduate research or study will not be considered.
The foundation does not usually support applications for individual personal advancement, such as international travel for study grants, UN internships, or to attend/present at conferences.
The Foundation encourages applicants to explore co- funding possibilities and are happy to partially-fund projects.

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