November 16 deadline approaches for the $25,000 Viscount Bennett Fellowship

Law school graduates who are pursuing post-grad education in law could support their studies and join a distinguished list of recipients through the Viscount Bennett Fellowship, managed by the CBA.

The Right Honourable Viscount Bennett, a former Canadian prime minister and the CBA President in 1929-30, established the trust fund that supports the scholarship in 1943 to be used to encourage a high standard of legal education, training and ethics.

Many of the more than 70 recipients of the Fellowship have gone on to distinguished careers in government, politics, the judiciary, academia and business. The 1991 Fellowship was awarded to David Lametti, now Canada’s Minister of Justice and Attorney-General. At the CBA annual meeting in February 2019, Lametti said the Fellowship had funded his doctoral studies at Oxford.

Maple, Ont., native Anthony Sangiuliano (MA, JD), a PhD candidate at Cornell’s Sage School of Philosophy, was awarded the Fellowship in 2018-19. He said it “has transformed my ability to develop my intellectual skills and experiences through graduate school. I am deeply grateful to the Canadian Bar Association for this unique opportunity.”

The deadline for the $25,000 Fellowship, to be awarded in the spring of 2021, is Nov. 16, 2020. Applicants must be Canadian citizens who have graduated from, or are pursing final year undergraduate studies at, an approved law school in Canada. All applicants must be CBA members in good standing.

Please visit the Viscount Bennett Fellowship page at to find out more about eligibility and how to apply. The next Fellowship will be awarded in the spring of 2021.