Post Graduate Fellowships
Public Interest Law Career Services
What is a Post-Grad Fellowship?
Many types including:
Typically, fellowships are term-limited
(one to two years) designed to give a recent
law graduate or junior attorney experience
in public interest practice.
Project Based Fellowships
Funded by a third-party organization, allowing the fellow
to work – usually on a specific project – with a host
Example: A graduating law student may want to open a
legal clinic for low-income, single mothers facing
evictions. The legal services organization may want to
host the student to run this project, but not have the
necessary resources. With the legal service organization’s
cooperation, the law student would apply to a fellowship to
fund this project.
Project based fellowships include: Equal Justice Works
and the Skadden Fellowship Foundation.
Organization Based Fellowship
Typically, funded by the organization where the fellow
will be working. Though some organizations receive
outside funding to fund the fellow’s work.
If the organization employing the fellow is funding the
fellowship, it’s seen as a “normal" job where the employer
is paying the employee's salary, benefits, etc.
Example: The Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights in San
Francisco offers the Thurgood Marshall fellowship, which
funds a fellow to work for one-year with the organization
on particular issues.
Benefits of a Fellowship
Utilize legal skills to effect positive change.
Receive top-rate training and supervision.
A point of entry to continued employment.
An impressive accomplishment due to
competitive nature of fellowships.
Sources for Fellowships
SCU Law Jobs
Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest
Yale Law School Guide to Postgraduate
Postgraduate International Fellowships
Guide – Columbia University
Many of the applications are due in the late summer, early fall
for the following year. Start early and know the deadlines.
Consult with your law school public interest career
counselor (even if you have already graduated) and, if possible,
alumni of the fellowship programs you are interested in.
Read the application carefully and provide the information
Consult with individuals who have prepared and reviewed
applications in the past for tips, help with organization, and to
edit your application.
Make your application well-organized and have someone else
review it for mistakes, typos, etc., before you send it in.
Application Process-Project Based
Build a strong, trusting relationship with your would-be
host organization before the fellowship application
It reflects very strongly if you have worked with the
would-be host. BUT this is NOT necessary to apply.
Search PSLawNet for opportunities to connect with would-
be host organizations. Enter "Fellowship-Sponsor" in the
Job Type field.
Upcoming Fellowship Deadlines
9/1/09: 2009-10 Abe Fellowship Program - Social Science Research Council
9/1/09: 2010-12 Fellowship Sponsor - Housing and Economic Rights Advocates
9/1/09: 2010-11 Fellowship Sponsor - Children's Rights, Inc. (CRI)
9/1/09: 2010-12 Fellowship in Law Librarianship - University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of
9/8/09: 2009-10 Jennings Randolph Program for International Peace Senior Fellowship - United States
Institute of Peace
9/17/09: 2010-12 Equal Justice Works Fellowship Grants - Equal Justice Works (EJW)
9/18/09: Attorney General's Office Fellowship Program - Massachusetts Attorney General's Office
9/18/09: 2010-12 Fellowship Sponsor - National Center for Law and Economic Justice
9/25/09: 2010-11 Finberg Fellowship In International Human Rights - Human Rights Watch (HRW - NY)
9/30/09: 2010-11 Public Interest Law Fellowship Grant - Independence Foundation
9/30/09: 2010 -13 Postdoctoral Fellowships - Michigan Society of Fellows
9/30/09: Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa Program - Women's Law and Public Policy
Upcoming Fellowship Deadlines
10/1/09: 2010 Honors Attorney Fellowship - U.S. Environment Protection Agency (Region IX - CA)
10/1/09: 2010-11 Berlin Prize Fellowship - American Academy in Berlin
10/1/09: 2010-11 Radcliffe Institute Fellowship - Harvard University - Radcliffe Institute for
10/1/09: 2010-11 Fellowship - Woodrow Wilson International center for Scholars
10/5/09: 2010-12 Zubrow Fellowship in Children's Law - Juvenile Law Center
10/5/09: 2010-12 Skadden Fellowship Grants - Skadden Fellowship Foundation
10/10/09: 2010-11 Murnaghan Appellate Advocacy Fellowship - Public Justice Center
10/10/09: 2010-12 Honors Attorney Fellowship - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ( Region I -
MA (New England))
10/14/09: 2010-12 Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowship - Open Society Institute (OSI)
10/15/09: 2010 Law Fellows - California Rural Legal Assistance
10/15/09: 2010-12 Presidential Management Fellowship Program - Presidential Management Fellows
Upcoming Fellowship Deadlines
October 2009 Cont.
10/15/09: Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship - The Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program
10/15/09: 2010-11 Bristow Fellowship - U.S. Department of Justice - Office of the Solicitor General
10/15/09: Fall 2009/Spring/Summer 2010 Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship - Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace
10/16/09: 2010-11 Fellowship Grant - Reprieve
10/16/09: 2010 BPI Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellowship - Business & Professional People for Public Interest
10/19/09: 2010-11 Fulbright Grants for Graduate Study Abroad - Institute of International Education (IIE)
10/20/09: 2010-12 Charles Koob Environmental Litigation Fellowship - Natural Resources Defense Council
10/26/09: Ruth Chance Fellowship - Equal Rights Advocates
10/31/09: 2010-11 German Chancellor Scholarship - Alexander von Humboldt -- U.S. Liaison Office
How PILCS Can Help
Come by during office hours to review your
resume, application or just talk about next steps.
Attend the Public Interest Career &
Information Fair: Oct. 1st 11:30-1:30 in Mission
Room in Benson Center.
Prepare early for Public Interest/ Public Sector
Day: Feb. 6, 2010.