Finding financial support for your LLM or PhD

We have a wide range of scholarships, bursaries, and other forms of financial support potentially available to our graduate students. 

Schulich School of Law awards

The Schulich School of Law has some scholarship money made available through endowments for graduate students. These funds are awarded by the Graduate Studies Committee. Taking the LLM on a part-time basis renders you ineligible for Schulich-specific financial support.

Schulich Graduate Scholarships

There are two Schulich graduate scholarships – one for a PhD student (C$20,000) and one for an LLM student (C$10,000).

Law Foundation of Nova Scotia Millennium Graduate Fellowship

Our Graduate Studies Committee allocates fellowships from this C$20,000 fund to students who have demonstrated superior academic performance. 

Roy A Jodrey Scholarship in Law

The will of the late Roy A Jodrey provided for an annual  scholarship of varying value to one of our graduate students.

Fielding Sherwood Memorial Fund

On the advice of our Graduate Studies Committtee, our Associate Dean annually awards a scholarship of varying amounts to one LLM or PhD student whose work relates in some way to fisheries, ocean research or the environment.

George C Thompson Fellowship in Law

This fellowship, the amount of which varies, is usually awarded to a Dalhousie JD graduate undertaking our LLM degree. Students who combine scholarly achievement and athletic involvement throughout their university career receive preference.

HAJ Wedderburn Scholarship in Law

The Nova Scotia Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NSAACP) created this scholarship to recognize HAJ Wedderburn's work to ensure equal access to justice for the province's black people. Each year, the scholarship awards a varying amount to a black Nova Scotian enrolled in either the LLM or PhD program.

Ronald St John Macdonald Graduate Fellowship in Law

This annual fellowship, created to support one of our graduates studying international or human rights law, honours the late Ronald St John Macdonald. A former dean and European Court of Human Rights judge, John was instrumental in developing our graduate studies program.

J Gerald Godsoe Scholarship in Law

The J Gerald Godsoe Scholarship is awarded to scholars who have demonstrated, in the opinion of the Selection Committee, a particular interest in work on current issues of social and public policy facing Canadian society.

Dalhousie University awards

Dalhousie University has a number of awards potentially available to graduate students in law. These include the following:

Killam Fellowships

Exceptionally well qualified thesis applicants are eligible for Killam fellowships which currently have a value of $20,000 for LLM students and $30,000 for PhD students. Suitable candidates are identified and nominated by the Faculty of Law Graduate Studies Committee to the Dalhousie Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Faculty of Graduate Studies

The Faculty of Graduate Studies awards several university fellowships of varying amounts including:

Faculty-supported & research-related funding

Several faculty members have research funding that potentially supports graduate students for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Some faculty members may be able to offer research funding on the basis of research grants. Research areas, faculty member in charge and amounts may change every year.

External awards

Many organizations outside Dal offer awards to our graduate students. Some of these are listed in the table below. Please bear in mind that applications for these awards may be due almost a year before our usual September enrolment.

Applications for these awards must be made by students directly to the relevant organization(s).



Canadian Energy Law Foundation - Master's & Doctoral $20,000
CIHR F Banting/C Best Canada Graduate Scholarship – Master's $17,500
CIHR F Banting/C Best Canada Graduate Scholarship – Doctoral $35,000
CIHR Training Program in Health Law, Ethics and Policy Fellowship $17,850
International Council for Canadian Studies $3,500
Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation Scotia Scholarship $10,000
SSHRC $35,000
Trudeau Scholarships $40,000
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships $50,000
Viscount Bennett Fellowship $40,000