Beryl Donkin scholarship applications open

Applications for the second round of the Beryl Donkin Memorial Scholarship Fund for 2023 are now open.

The Women Lawyers Association of Queensland Inc (WLAQ) oversees the scholarship which aims to promote and advance the professional development of women in the state by providing funding towards educational or professional development expenses in an approved course.

For 2023, up to $10,000 may be allocated to recipients who are selected as part of the two rounds of the scholarship. 

The fund is named after Beryl Donkin, a long-serving Queensland Law Society (QLS) employee and pioneer in the field despite not being a lawyer.

For more than 40 years she was central to the QLS administration. Appointed in 1941 as the Assistant Secretary, she took on the role during World War Two when membership was reduced and communication with members difficult. 

As the first full-time employee, she continued to serve the QLS for 13 years before assuming the statutory position of Secretary in 1954, a position she held for 27 years.


The scholarship is available to individuals who:

  • are Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia living in Queensland;
  • hold an LLB or an equivalent qualification recognised by the Queensland Law Society Incorporated, or are studying in an LLB at a university in Queensland; and
  • are fully financial members of the Women Lawyers Association of Queensland Inc, and this includes those who may be part of a corporate membership, at the time of application but cannot be Advocate Members.

Applicants need to complete this application form and submit it via the WLAQ website with the requested information and supporting documents. 

First-round applications close on 13 October 2023 and the successful applicant/s will be contacted by 10 November 2023.

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