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Fellowships Application Process

Project-Based Fellowships

These fellowships offer recent Penn Law graduates the opportunity to gain entry into a local, national, or international public interest organization, helping to launch the fellows’ public interest careers.

Eligibility: Penn Law students and graduates may apply for these fellowships in their last year of law school or at the conclusion of judicial clerkships undertaken immediately after graduation.

Fellowships will be awarded on a competitive basis for a one-year term beginning each Fall. Fellows will design their own projects, which must be law-related insofar as they substantially utilize legal training and skills.  Fellows must partner with a public interest organization[1].  At the discretion of our funders, at least one fellowship may be specifically designated for the Greater Philadelphia Region.

Catalyst Fellowships

A growing number of our graduates seek to launch careers in government agencies or in international organizations where project-based fellowships may be less effective than funded staff volunteers.  In response, Penn Law has created Catalyst Fellowships that will fund students who have secured unpaid volunteer positions with local, state, federal and international government agencies, public defender offices, NGOs, or international tribunals (e.g. International Court of Justice, International Criminal Court).  Positions with other courts will not be eligible for Catalyst funding.

Eligibility: Only Penn Law students in their last year of law school are eligible to apply for these fellowships. Alumni are ineligible.

[1] A public interest organization is defined as: any nonprofit organization or institution whose primary purpose is to serve or advocate on behalf of individuals or organizations whose interests, for various economic, political or social reasons, are not adequately represented by the private sector or the government

Application Process & Deadlines

Eligibility:

Penn Law students and graduates may apply for Project-based Fellowships in their last year of law school or at the conclusion of judicial clerkships undertaken immediately after graduation. Penn Law students may apply for Catalyst Fellowships during their last year of law school.

Timeline:

Applications are due on Friday, March 24th, by 12:00PM.  All applicants will be interviewed the week of Monday, April 24th.  Decisions will be communicated to all applicants no later than Friday, April 28th.  There is a strong preference for in-person interviews, but arrangements can be made for interviews via Skype if necessary. 

Application Process:

Penn Law Cataylst Fellowship Application

Penn Law Postgraduate Project-based Fellowship Application

Letters of recommendation may be submitted separately if that is the preference of the recommender.

Late applications will not be considered.