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Postgraduate Fellowships

Many of our students will lead lifelong careers as advocates for social justice. The first steps on this career path are challenging, and Penn Law is committed to helping our students succeed through funding postgraduate fellowships.

There are three types of fellowships under this program:

  1. Project-based Fellowships that enable students and recent alumni to partner with a nonprofit organization and design a one-year project to address a particular client need. The following fellowships are currently funding alumni in a wide array of work:
      • Chubb Rule of Law Fellowship (Penn Law in partnership with Human Rights First, supporting international and public interest work in the areas of rule of law and human rights)
      • Langer, Grogan & Diver Fellowship in Social Justice (Supporting public interest work in the Delaware Valley)
      • Penn Law Public Interest Fellowship
  2. Catalyst Fellowships that support students who obtain post-graduate volunteer positions in government, nonprofit, or international organizations in which full-time staff positions may ultimately be secured.
  3. Penn Law Civil Rights Fellowship at the Southern Poverty Law Center (Two-year fellowship, next round of applications will be in Fall 2019 for the Fall 2020-22 fellowship term).

Penn Law’s postgraduate fellowship program has been highly successful in launching the public interest careers of recent graduates. Since 2009, Penn Law has supported 33 fellows, all of whom either remained employed by their original host organization or secured public interest positions in the same field. Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis.