Canada: Graduate Scholarships in Reproductive and Sexual Health Law at the University of Toronto, Canada

The Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto is pleased to announce the creation of a Graduate Scholarship in Reproductive Health Law, to be awarded to students pursuing the degree of Master of Laws (LL.M.) or, in exceptional cases, Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) within the Faculty's Graduate Program. The Scholarship is designed to permit a law graduate from Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, the Caribbean, Central or Eastern Europe, or Asia, who has a demonstrated record in the protection of reproductive and sexual rights to undertake advanced research and study in these fields of law. Applications from Brazil, India, Mexico, Nigeria, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Peru, or the countries in Central and Eastern Europe are particularly encouraged.

The Graduate Program at the Faculty of Law is designed to permit students of outstanding merit to undertake advanced research and study in law. It is a competitive program admitting approximately 50 students each year.

Fellowships provide a living stipend of up to CDN$15,000. In addition, this scholarship will also cover academic tuition and student fees. The scholarship may also include a stipend to support a ten-week internship.

The Graduate Fellowship in Reproductive Health Law is designed to enable a law graduate to explore the legal and ethical issues in reproductive and sexual health, such as maternal mortality; barriers to availability of and access to reproductive health services; the prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV and AIDS; and gender-based violence. Beyond the required graduate seminar in “Alternative Approaches to Legal Scholarship” and the foundation course in “Reproductive and Sexual Health Law,” course work is designed on an individual basis.

Students are encouraged to select other courses relevant to their plan of study, such as courses addressing medical law and ethics, national and international protection of human rights including women's rights, family law issues including violence against women, feminism and the law, law and development and law and society issues. Given the Faculty's support of interdisciplinary approaches to legal scholarship, students holding this Fellowship may also register for courses in other departments of the university and in Women's Studies and Bioethics through the Collaborative Degree Programs.

In addition to formal courses, students are encouraged to participate in workshops held at the Faculty of Law, the Joint Centre for Bioethics and the Centre for Research on Women's Health. Students are also encouraged to undertake an internship related to their research for approximately 10 weeks with a relevant organization, arranged through the Faculty's International Human Rights Program.

Academic Requirements

Applicants to the LL.M. degree program must hold a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B. or JD) degree from a recognized university, or possess equivalent qualifications in law, and must normally have achieved a B+ or comparable standing.

The full-time LL.M. program is designed as a 12-month program. The thesis intensive LL.M. involves a minimum eight credit hours of coursework and the writing of a major thesis of approximately 100 to 120 pages under the supervision of a faculty member. The coursework intensive LL.M. involves a minimum of twenty-four credit hours of coursework and the writing of a thesis of approximately 50 to 60 pages, in the context of one course.

An applicant for the S.J.D. program must either hold an LL.M. from a recognized university or possess equivalent qualifications (e.g. significant publication record), and must normally have achieved a B+ or comparable standing. The S.J.D. program has a residency requirement of one academic year; however, the completion of the thesis work usually takes a further two years beyond this requirement and students are required to remain in residence as long as they are in receipt of scholarship funds.

English Fluency - Written and Oral

Applicants to either program should have a sufficient command of written and spoken English. Applicants whose primary language is not English and who have not completed at least one year of coursework at a post-secondary institution where the language of instruction is English must have completed one of the following tests at the time an application is submitted: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB). Details of these tests and minimum score requirements can be found in the application package.

Terms and Conditions

After completion of the graduate program, Scholarships holders must return to their home country and reside there for a minimum of two years. The purpose of the two-year home residency requirement is to ensure that the Scholarship holders fulfill the objective of the Fellowship program, the international protection and promotion of reproductive and sexual rights in the targeted countries.
Deadline for application: February 01 of each year
For Inquiries and Application Forms, please contact:

Graduate Admissions Office
Faculty of Law, University of Toronto
78 Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario Canada M5S 2C5
Phone: (416) 978-0213 / Fax: (416) 978-2648



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