Fellowships Application Process
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 . 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.
Penn Law’s Catalyst Fellowships fund students to work with local, state, federal and international government agencies, public defender offices, public interest organizations, and NGOs. Although traditional judicial clerkships at local, state, and federal courts are not eligible for this fellowship support, positions at courts or tribunals that as a matter of practice do not pay their clerks but provide a unique and career-enhancing experience may be eligible.
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.
Application Process & Deadlines
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.
Applications are due on Monday, March 30, 2020 by 12:00PM. All applicants will be interviewed during the month of April, date TBD. Decisions will be communicated to all applicants no later than Friday, May 1, 2020. There is a strong preference for in-person interviews, but arrangements can be made for interviews via Skype if necessary.
Late applications will not be considered.
2020 applications will be posted in early 2020.