Charles D. Gonthier Research Fellowship

2020-2021 Recipient: Tenzin Butsang

We are pleased to announce that University of Toronto student Tenzin Butsang has been selected as the recipient of CIAJ’s 2020-2021 Charles D. Gonthier Research Fellowship for her project entitled “Kijibashik – Turn it Around: Stories About Motherhood from Previously Incarcerated Indigenous Mothers in Ontario.” She will present her findings at CIAJ’ 45th Annual Conference in Vancouver, which has been postponed to November 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Project overview

About Tenzin

Tenzin Butsang is interested in understanding the intersections between health inequity and the criminal justice system through community-led research.

She received a Bachelor of Science from the University of British Columbia in 2017 and recently completed a Master of Public Health in Indigenous Health at the University of Toronto, where she will be undertaking a PhD in Social and Behavioural Health Sciences.

Tenzin would like to thank her community partners, mentors, and colleagues for their invaluable guidance on this project and beyond.

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

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.

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.

2019 Recipient

CIAJ’s 2019 Charles D. Gonthier Research Fellowship of $7,500 was given to McGill Faculty of Law Professor Ignacio N. Cofone. Mr. Cofone made a presentation on “Regulating Algorithmic Transparency in the Administration of Justice” at CIAJ’s 44th Annual Conference on October 16, 2019. 

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