Bursaries & Scholarships


In addition to the Dalhousie scholarships and bursaries open to all JD students, certain awards are particularly accessible to students within MELP.

MELP Prizes, Bursarys & Scholarships

A number of prizes are awarded each year to outstanding MELP students. View previous prize recipients.

Canadian Energy Law Foundation Prize

Awarded to the student who has demonstrated outstanding performance in the Oil and Gas Law class.

Donald A Kerr Memorial Prize in Admiralty Law

An annual sponsored prize by the Eastern Admiralty Law Association sponsors an annual prize to be awarded to the student who has achieved high standing in the subject area of Maritime Law.

The Edward C Foley Memorial Scholarship

Presented in memory of the late Edward (Ted) C Foley, LLB 1980. While at law school, Mr Foley was particularly interested in marine, international and environmental law and was President of the John E Read International Society. He was also active in provincial politics and in Amnesty International. The scholarship is to be awarded to a second or third year student who has completed at least two classes in the international, marine and environmental areas, and who has achieved an overall average of not less than B- (68). Consideration will also be given to the personal qualities of the candidate including leadership roles assumed at law school and community involvement. This scholarship was established by donations from friends of Mr Foley, from both inside and outside the Law School.

The Edward C Foley Prize

Awarded to the student who is enrolled in the MELP certificate programme who has obtained a weighted average of not less than B- (68) and has demonstrated a commitment to public/community service in the environmental or related area.

Elizabeth May Award for Environmental Service

Awarded annually to a student in the graduating class who has been involved in promoting environmental awareness in the law school and broader community. Elizabeth May is an environmentalist, writer, activist, lawyer and graduate of Dalhousie Law School (‘83). Elizabeth May has exemplified a long and inspiring commitment to environmentalism and this award recognizes students who are also making a significant contribution to environmental issues and environmental law.

The Elkanah Rafuse Prize in Admiralty Law

An endowment prize established in the memory of the late Elkanah Rafuse of Halifax to provide an annual prize to the student who achieves the highest standing in Maritime Law and Practice (Maritime Law I).

Fredric L Maefs Bursary in Environmental Law

Awarded to a student(s) at the Schulich School of Law who has/have demonstrated an interest and excellence in the study of environmental law as it relates to addressing climate change.

The Milton and Carole Ehrlich Prize

Awarded in memory of the late Richard Weiner who was actively involved with the United Nations, this prize is given to recognize the student who has achieved the highest standing in Law of the Sea subjects.

Ocean Yearbook Student Prize

This annual competition is open to students writing research papers on marine affairs subjects at any university or other tertiary education institution. Entries are independently reviewed. The paper will be published in the Ocean Yearbook.


Graduate Funding

The Fielding Sherwood Memorial Fund provides funding to student(s) whose work concerns the environment, or fisheries and oceans. The award is primarily intended to support the graduate recipient's particular research expenses.

The Izaak Walton Killam Fund for Advanced Studies provides a number of scholarships for master's and doctoral degrees as well as postdoctoral fellowships.

The CIDA Marine Law JD Scholarship award and the CMLA Scholarship help support a graduate student in MELP who is studying Maritime Law.

Applicants for these and other awards for graduate studies should address their enquiries to the Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee at the time of applying for admission to the law school. 

Find more information on how to apply here: https://www.dal.ca/faculty/law/programs/grad-admissions/applying.html

Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards

For a full list of available awards, visit the academic calendar.