Scholarships and Awards
With the aim of providing interactive and educational opportunities to the growing international legal community, the Sections of the Legal Practice and Public and Professional Interest Divisions of the IBA offer annual opportunities for young lawyers from around the world to apply for scholarships and to be nominated for awards that recognize outstanding individuals in the legal profession.
List of scholarship and award opportunities for 2014:
Annual Conference Scholarship:
Committee Conferences Scholarships:
Annual Law Studies Scholarship:
Biennial Conference Scholarships:
IBA Annual Conference Scholarships -now closed to submissions
Each year the International Bar Association (IBA), the world's largest international organisation of law societies, bar associations and individual lawyers engaged in transitional law, holds an Annual Conference, which attracts the participation of over 4000 lawyers from more than 100 jurisdictions. The IBA's Legal Practice Division (LPD), Section of Public and Professional Interest Division (SPPI) and Other Entities present informative and engaging sessions covering current topics of significance to lawyers throughout the world.
The Annual Conference working sessions are complemented by a full social programme which provides the opportunity for delegates meet, establish and maintain business contacts and friendships with peers of the legal profession worldwide.
Scholarships are awarded to young lawyers who wish to participate at the Annual Conference, but may find it financially difficult to to so.
These scholarship opportunities are available to those who meet the following criteria:
'Young Lawyer'; all lawyers who are up to the age of 35 at the time of the conference
Applicants must hold a law degree at the time of application
Applicants do not need to be practicing at the time of application
IBA membership is not a requirement to submit application
The 2014 Annual Conference scholarship award includes the following:
waived registration for the IBA Annual Conference, Tokyo Japan;
contribution towards accommodation costs while attending the conference;
contribution towards travel costs to attend the conference;
two year free membership of the IBA, including membership of one committee within the awarding section of the Legal Practice Division, and one committee within the Section on Public and Professional Interest (SPPI);
a waiver of either the following years' IBA 2015 Annual Conference registration fee or a waived registration fee to attend a specialty conference sponsored by any committee within the awarding LPD section
Applications for the Tokyo scholarships have now closed as of Sunday, 25 May. We are no longer accepting submissions for the 2014 Annual Conference.
To see a list of the winning scholars of the 2013 Annual Conference Boston, please click here.
IBA Bar Programme Scholarship, 2014 Annual Conference Tokyo - Closed as of 09 May 2014
The IBA provides a scholarship programme to several selected International Bar Associations and Law Societies, by which these associations and societies, in turn, are able to offer young lawyers (up to and including the age of 35) within their jurisdiction, the opportunity to participate in the IBA Annual Conference, but who may find it financially difficult to do so.
The participating bar associations and law societies for the 2014 programme are:
The Ethiopian Lawyers Association
The Fiji Law Society
Indonesian Advocates Association (PERADI)
The Nepal Bar Association
The Nepal Law Society
The Integrated Bar of the Philippines
The Solomon Islands Bar Association
Eligible persons (current members of the relevant bar associations or law societies, up to and including the age of 35, and with over 3 years legal practice and experience) who wish to apply for this programme must contact the relevant bar association/society directly to request application details.
Candidates who are presented to the IBA for consideration of the programme scholarship will be pre-selected by the individual bar or law society.
The IBA Bar Programme Scholarship award includes the following:
waived registration fee for the IBA Annual Conference Tokyo, 19-24 October 2014
contribution towards return economy flight to Tokyo
accommodation (room and breakfast) while attending the Annual Conference in Tokyo
Stipend; £50 per day
CANDIDATE SUBMISSIONS NOW CLOSED: Participating bars and societies are asked to submit their candidates to the IBA before Friday, 9 May 2014.
This programme is open to lawyers who meet the eligibility criteria and who have not attended a previous IBA Annual Conference.
Committee Conference Scholarships
African Regional Forum Conference - Rising to the Challenge of Africa's Economic Growth - The Role of the Legal Profession, Accra, Ghana, POSTPONED - DATES OF CONFERENCE TO BE CONFIRMED
The African Regional Forum is delighted to announce that scholarships will be a ward to lawyers who wish to participate in this IBA conference, but who may be unable to do so owing to financial constraint. The IBA therefore invites interested persons to apply for a scholarship which will provide the following:
Waived registration fee to attend the ARF conference in Accra, Ghana, DATES TO BE CONFIRMED
Contribution towards travel expenses to attend the conference and accommodations while participating at the conference.
Although the dates of this conference have been postponed (November/December 2014), we are still accepting applications for the scholarship. Please note, the final date of submission deadline is to be confirmed. We ask that all interested persons submit their application before 05 October 2014. Again, this date is not, at this time, the confirmed submission deadline date.
For full details and information on how to apply for the African Regional Forum Conference Scholarship please click here.
Biennial Conference Scholarships, Closed for 2014
Latin American Regional Forum, Jack Batievsky and Rogelio de la Guardia Scholarships
Congratulations to the 2014 Winners of the Biennial Latin American Regional Forum Conference Scholarships!
6th World Women Lawyers Conference
Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 IBA Women Lawyers' Interest Group Scholarship:
SEERIL Scholarship for energy and natural resources law studies - Closed
The IBA Section on Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law (SEERIL), together with its Academic Advisory Group (AAG), are delighted to announce that they are again accepting applications from students requiring funding for advanced studies or research in the fields of energy and natural resources law.
The scholarships and research grants, up to a total of £18,000 a year, and is open to students at any institution where at least one member of the faculty is an IBA/SEERIL member.
Annual Awards - nominations closing Friday, 13 June 2014
Pro Bono Committee 2014 Annual Pro Bono Award - Sponsored by
The IBA Pro Bono Committee invite nominations for its prestigious Pro Bono Award of lawyers who are leading our profession in building a pro bono culture. Nominees will be considered on the following criteria:
Dedication – The Committee seeks to recognize pro bono work that exhibits an exceptional level of commitment and dedication to the provision of free legal services and access to justice.
Innovation – The Committee seeks to recognize efforts and pro bono work that have been designed or carried out in an innovative fashion and might serve as a model for others in that jurisdiction and other jurisdictions.
Impact – The Committee seeks to recognize work, including legislative reform, litigation, and transactional representation, that has brought about a significant impact–to an individual, community, group, or country ,or to the provision of pro bono services generally.
Nominations closed for 2014.
Congratulations to Susan Finegan, winner of the 2013 Pro Bono Award!
Women Lawyers' Interest Group Biennial Outstanding International Woman Lawyer Award - Sponsored by Closed.
Congratulations to Chief Olufolake Solanke, winner of the 2012 International Outstanding Woman Lawyer Award!
Young Lawyers' Committee 2014 Annual Outstanding Young Lawyer Award - Sponsored by - Application deadline extended to 18 July!
The IBA Young Lawyers’ Committee, in recognition of William Reece JR, annually present an award to a young lawyer who has shown not only excellence in their work and achievements in their career to date, but also a commitment to professional and ethical standards. Nominees will be considered on the following criteria:
a reputation for; or advancement of, legal ethics and professional responsibility;
service to the community - local and further afield; and
other merits similar to the above or considered relevant by the candidate or his/her nominators, such as innovative approach to their legal practice, including but not restricted to, pro bono work
For nomination details and full information please click here.
In order to apply for this award, nomination forms must be sent to Robyn Wheatley (email@example.com) no later than Friday 18 July 2014.
The IBA Young Lawyers' Committee looks forward to receiving your nominations for this award.
Congratulations to Alberto Mata, winner of the 2013 Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award!
For an introduction to the Sections of the Legal Practice Division, please click on links below:
For an introduction to the Committees and Interest Groups of the Section on Public and Professional Interest Division, please click on links below:
Access information on 2012 Annual Conference scholarships.
Access information on 2011 Annual Conference scholarships.
Access information on 2010 Annual Conference scholarships.
Access information on 2009 Annual Conference scholarships.