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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 two 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; and 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.

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.

Project-Based Fellowships

The following fellowships are currently funding alumni in a wide array of work:

  • Langer, Grogan & Diver Fellowship in Social Justice (Supporting public interest work in the Delaware Valley)
  • Penn Law Public Interest Fellowship
  • S. Gerald Litvin & Dennis R. Suplee Fellowship
  • Toll Public Interest Fellowship
  • University of Pennsylvania Law Review Public Interest Fellowship

Catalyst Fellowships

Launching global and government public interest careers.

The new Catalyst Grant Program supports those seeking positions in the public sector in the United States and those seeking to engage in human rights and rule of law work at the grassroots level abroad. The Catalyst Grant Program can give students an opportunity to work as full-time staff attorneys on the ground in order to gain the experience and establish a reputation that will make them even stronger candidates for long-term positions when funding becomes available.

Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis.