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Environmental Law Bursary

National Environmental Law Association and Ngalaya

Up to $10,000 to support First Nations lawyers, legal academics and law students with activities to commence or support a career in environmental law.

The National Environmental Law Association (NELA) and Ngalaya First Nations Environmental Law Bursary is available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lawyers, law students and legal academics with an interest in environmental law Australia-wide. The bursary was established in 2024 and is funded by NELA - Australia's premier environmental law organisation. Applications close 11:59PM, 30 June 2024.

Benefits and  criteria

About the bursary

  • funding of up to $10,000 is available;

  • once-off payment towards the cost of specific goods or services to support education, professional development or advocacy in environmental law;

  • examples include: conference attendance, professional training, environmental law courses, travel for fieldwork, event attendance or other activities that help foster connections, networks and new ideas and relationships for researching and practicing environmental law.


Applicants must be:

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander; and

  • enrolled in a Bachelor of Laws, Juris Doctor or PLT program in Australia; or

  • currently practicing law or working as a legal academic in Australia.

Assessment criteria

Applicants will be assessed based on their merit. NELA reserves the right to award one or more application.

Successful recipients of the Bursary will be required to submit a short report on how they used and benefitted from the funds. There will also be an opportunity to present to the NELA and Ngalaya Boards, or at a NELA event.

Applications are now open

Closing 30 June


To apply, write a 1-2 page cover letter which:

  • introduces yourself and your mob;

  • explains your professional, academic or community-focused goals;

  • provides details and an estimated budget of the activities you are seeking support for; and

  • explains how the activities will help advance your career in environmental law.

You may choose to include a copy of your CV and/or academic transcript to support your application.

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Applications for the 2024 Bursary have now closed.

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