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IPBA Scholarship Program

Applications for 2017 are now CLOSED.

Thank you for your interest in the IPBA Scholarship Program. Applications deadline has passed for 2017, but check this page again for more information on applications to attend the Annual Meeting and Conference in 2018, to be held in Manila, Philippines.

The IPBA Scholarships were created in 1998 to honour the memory of M.S. Lin of Taipei, who was one of the founders of the IPBA as well as a Past President. The IPBA is very grateful to the family of the late M.S. Lin for starting this scholarship program. Today the IPBA Scholarship Program operates to bring to the IPBA Annual Meeting and Conference lawyers who would not otherwise be able to attend and who would both contirbute to, and benefit from, attending. The Scholarship Program is also intended to endorse the IPBA's mission to develop the law and its practice in the Asia-Pacific Region. Currently, the Scholarships are principally funded by a group of lawyers in Japan to honor IPBA's accomplishments in the 26 years since its founding, and the Vancouver 2014 Conference Host Committee.

During the Annual General Meeting & Conference, the Scholars will enjoy the opportunity to meet key members of the legal community of the Asia-Pacific region through a series of unique and prestigious receptions, lectures, workshops, and social events. The program aims to provide the Scholars with substantial tools and cross-border knowledge to assist them in building their careers in their home country. Following the conference, the Scholars will enjoy three years of IPBA membership and will be invited to join a dedicated social networking forum to remain in contact with each other while developing a network with other past and future Scholars.

Who is eligible to be an IPBA Scholar?

There are two categories of lawyers who are eligible to become an IPBA Scholar:

(1) Lawyers from Developing Countries

To be eligible, applicants must:

(a) be a citizen of and be admitted to practice in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Mongolia, Bangladesh, or the Pacific Islands;

(b) be fluent in both written and spoken English (the conference language);

(c) currently maintain a cross-border practice or desire to become engaged in cross-border practice.

(2) Young Lawyers

To be eligible, applicants must:

(a) be under 35 years of age at the time of application and have less than seven years of post-qualification experience;

(b) be fluent in both written and spoken English (the conference language);

(c) have taken an active role in the legal profession in their respective countries;

(d) currently maintain a cross-border practice or desire to become engaged in cross-border practice; and

(d) have published an article in a reputable journal on a topic related to the work of one of our committees or have provided some other objective evidence of committed involvement in the profession.

Preference will be given to applicants who would be otherwise unable to attend the conference because of personal or family financial circumstances, and/or because they are working for a small firm without a budget to allow them to attend.

Applicants from multi-national firms will normally be considered only if they have a substantial part of their attendance fees paid by their firm.

Former Scholars will only be considered under extraordinary circumstances.

The following procedure will apply after selection:

  1. IPBA will notify each successful applicant that he or she has been awarded an IPBA Scholarship. The notification will be provided at least two months prior to the start of the IPBA Annual Conference. Unsuccessful candidates will also be notified.
  2. Airfare will be agreed upon, reimbursed or paid for by, and accommodation will be arranged and paid for by IPBA after consultation with the successful applicants.
  3. A liaison appointed by the IPBA will introduce each Scholar to the IPBA and help the Scholar obtain the utmost benefit from the IPBA Annual Meeting and Conference.
  4. Each selected Scholar will be responsible to attend the Conference in its entirety, to make a very brief presentation at the Conference on a designated topic, and to provide a report of his/her experience to the IPBA after the Conference.