Overview of Postgraduate Fellowships
Postgraduate Fellowships are essentially grants to allow law graduates to work in entry-level public interest organizations or government agencies. There are several different types of fellowships, including organization-based, project-based, law firm sponsored, government honors, entrepreneurial, and academic.
Most fellowships last from one to two years following graduation. Applications for organization-based fellowships are made directly to a non-profit or government agency for work at that organization. Project-based fellowships and some law firm fellowships require an applicant to partner with an organization and together submit a project to the funder. Entrepreneurial fellowships require an applicant to create a new entity to work in a specific issue area.
Links to resources and available fellowships are listed below. Michigan Law students can access the Fellowship Library for assistance in figuring out the steps to obtain a public interest fellowship. If you are a MLS alumnus interested in using these resources please e-mail OCP for access.
Holland & Knight LLP - Chesterfield Smith Community Service Fellowship
Human Rights Watch - Fellowships in International Human Rights
Juvenile Law Center - Zubrow Fellowship
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area - Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Fellowship
Media Law Resource Center Fellowship
National Endowment for the Humanities: Grant Programs
New York University School of Law - National Center on Philanthropy and the Law - Fellowship in Nonprofit Law
New York University School of Law - Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowship in Nonprofit Law
New Voices Fellowship Program
Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellowship Business and Professional People for the Public Interest
Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) - Graduate Fellowships
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press - Fellowship Program
Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellowships
Soros Justice Fellowships
Southern Poverty Law Center Fellowship
Supreme Court Assistance Project
U.S. Institute of Peace - Jennings Randolph Fellowship Program
Wellstone Fellowship for Social Justice
The Women's Research and Education Institute - WREI Congressional Fellows on Women and Public Policy
World Learning for International Development - Democracy Fellows Program