Administered by the Indigenous Initiatives Office (IIO), the June Callwood Program in Aboriginal Law provides up to two summer fellowships of up to $10,000 each for law students to work with community organizations on Aboriginal Law issues. The fellowships are open to first and second year JD students of Indigenous descent who wish to work on Aboriginal Law issues full-time during the summer with an Indigenous community organization. 

Students can develop a project with any non-profit organization, First Nation, political-territorial organization, legal clinic or government agency based in Canada. Callwood fellows working with community organizations may: conduct public legal education; research pending legislation, legal issues and current policy questions; draft policies for organizations and manuals for their clients; and help organizations provide legal information and assistance to their clients, among other initiatives.

Where have Previous Callwood Fellows Worked?

Previous Callwood Fellows have spent their summers at organizations such as: 


How to Apply

Students may apply for the Callwood Fellowship as part of the Faculty Unified Hiring Process, which takes place during winter term. To apply, you will need to submit the following documentation through UTLC, the Career Development Office's online platform:
  1. An up-to-date résumé; 
  2. A cover letter describing your interest in the program and any relevant experience or coursework; and
  3. A description of the project you propose to carry out over the summer signed by a member of the organization where you propose to work. If the member of the organization is not a practising lawyer, your project description must also be signed by the lawyer supervisor, confirming that they can speak or meet with you weekly during the fellowship term and as needed; or 
  4. A statement of interest in the project proposed by the Indigenous Initiatives Office, a description of how you intend to carry out the duties and responsibilities of the proposed project and what you expect to be some positive outcomes for the Indigenous community; and
  5. Information regarding your financial status (including financial aid documents).
Log onto UTLC for application information.


Contact Information:

For more information, contact the Indigenous Initiatives Office at 416-978-2583 or