The Harold G. Fox Education Fund was established in 1966 to build relationships between lawyers in Canada and the Middle Temple. Each year, the Fund sponsors two scholars to undertake a ten-month placement in a law firm in Toronto or a post-graduate degree at a university in Ontario. These scholarships are now open to members of all the Inns.
The scholars are each awarded C$38,000 together with reasonable travelling expenses to and from Canada. Two lakeside furnished apartments in Toronto, minutes from the CN Tower, are owned by the Fund and are provided for each scholar at a subsidised cost of C$800 per month.
The Trust makes all the arrangements for the placements in the law firms. The firms tend to be either large litigation departments in ‘Seven Sisters’ firms, the equivalent to the UK’s ‘Magic Circle’, or smaller litigation boutiques. The Trust will also assist scholars with other opportunities such as marshalling in the Ontario Court of Appeal. If a scholar prefers to undertake the post-graduate degree option, they must make the necessary arrangements with the university they have chosen.
The scholarships start in September each year.
Candidates must be:
- a member of any Inn, of up to five years’ Call, or about to be Called to the Bar (and at the time of leaving for Toronto, having successfully completed the BPTC);
- of good academic standing and supported by one academic reference;
- supported by references from a Pupil Supervisor or Head of Chambers if already a pupil or tenant.
The prestige of this award is such that past scholars have usually found chambers willing to postpone the start of pupillage or tenancy for the period of the scholarship.
Applications for this year’s scholarships need to be submitted by 4pm on 21 February 2019. The selection panel will then draw up a shortlist of candidates for interview.
Those candidates will be asked to submit a short essay answering a given question by 4pm on 28 March 2019, after which they will be invited to interview. This will be held on the evening of 1 or 2 April 2019.
The application form can be downloaded by clicking on the link on the right hand on this page.
Reasonable travel expenses up to a maximum of £65 per candidate will be reimbursed to those candidates travelling to the Inn for an interview from outside the M25.
To apply for a scholarship, applicants must submit the following:
- A completed application form
- A curriculum vitae
- An academic reference
- Those candidates who are already pupils or tenants should also include a reference from a Pupil Supervisor or Head of Chambers.
The Trustees welcome applications from all backgrounds. There is no age limit for those applying for the scholarships.
You can email your application to the address below. Alternatively, you can post your application to Fox Scholarship, Treasury Office, Ashley Building, Middle Temple Lane, London, EC4Y 9BT. Referees can submit references directly to the Inn.
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