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Fellowships Application Process

Project-Based Fellowships

Penn Law’s Project-Based 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.

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.

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.

Catalyst Fellowships

Penn Law’s Catalyst Fellowships fund students to work with local, state, federal and international government agencies, public defender offices, public interest organizations, NGOs, or international tribunals (e.g. International Court of Justice, International Criminal Court).  Positions with other courts will not be eligible for Catalyst funding.

Fellowships will be awarded on a competitive basis for a one-year term beginning each Fall.

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 Monday, April 1, 2019 by 12:00PM.  All applicants will be interviewed on Monday, April 22, 2019.  Decisions will be communicated to all applicants no later than Friday, April 26, 2019.  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.