Charles D. Gonthier Research Fellowship

2022 Research Fellowship

Theme: “The Right to Dignity in Canadian Law: From the Cradle to the Grave”

To Apply: 

  • The fellowship competition is open to faculty and graduate students at Canadian universities.
  • Applicants should complete the application form and submit it by email to, no later than March 31, 2022.
  • In addition to submission of a completed research report, CIAJ expects to receive a complete account of expenditures.

Print the Details and Application Form (PDF)

The successful applicant will be notified in April 2022. The completed research paper must be forwarded to CIAJ by the end of August 2022.

The recipient of the Charles D. Gonthier Research Fellowship is encouraged to seek publication of the paper in a reputable scholarly publication and to indicate, in an introductory note, that financial support for the research was provided by CIAJ.

About the Charles D. Gonthier Research Fellowship

CIAJ provides funds for the Charles D. Gonthier Research Fellowship, named in honour of the late Mr. Justice Charles D. Gonthier of the Supreme Court of Canada, a former President of CIAJ. The $7,500 Fellowship was created in 2001 and supports research in relation to the topic of the annual conference.

Each conference focuses on a specific aspect of CIAJ’s themes:

      • Justice as a humanistic and social value
      • Justice as a public service
      • Justice in a global economy and interdependent world

Administration of Funds

The funds are administered by CIAJ on behalf of the successful applicant and are available to support research assistance or other out-of-pocket expenses, but may not be used as an honorarium. It is expected that the completed research will be presented at CIAJ’s 46th Annual conference in October 2022 (Halifax, NS).

The maximum amount of the Fellowship is $7,500. The selection of the project for the research fellowship will be made by a committee composed of the President of the CIAJ (or his/her nominee), one of the Co-Chairs of the Education and Research Planning Committee, and one other person selected by the Executive Committee.

2020-2021 Recipient

CIAJ’s 2019 Charles D. Gonthier Research Fellowship of $7,500 was given to University of Toronto student Tenzin Butsang.
Ms. Butsang made a presentation on “Kijibashik – Turn it Around: Stories About Motherhood from Previously Incarcerated Indigenous Mothers in Ontario” at CIAJ’s 45th Annual Conference on November 17-19, 2021. 

Past Recipients & Research papers: /en/research/research-papers/