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Spectrum Summer Fellowship

The Spectrum Fund was established by Henry Grix (AB '70, JD '77) and Howard Israel (BFA '72) to provide financial support to students looking to pursue research, impact litigation, and do policy work to advance LGBTQ equality. The Spectrum Summer Fellowship  will be awarded  to a qualified student who obtains a summer internship working on behalf of LGBTQ rights.  In recognition of their selection, the Fellow will receive a $4,000 cash award.

Congratulations to the 2015 Spectrum Fellow
Kaitlyn Vitale, '17, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Washington, D.C.


To be considered for the MLaw Spectrum Fellowship, you will need to submit your application on Symplicity by February 23, 2015 (available by January 15th).  Applicants do not have to have a position secured before applying for the Fellowship.  Your application must include a copy of your resume and an essay answering the following question (in 750 words or less):  Please explain what type of work you hope to do this summer and how it will further your career goals.


The Dean's faculty committee will select applicants based on demonstrated commitment to LGBTQ issues and public service, in general.  The committee will consider factors such as your past experiences (academic, volunteer, and professional), contributions you have made to the MLaw Public Interest Community, your career goals, how the work you propose to do this summer will further those goals, and your depth of understanding of the relevant public interest issues.


  • Fellows must obtain a qualified placement by May 24, 2015, which must be approved by the Public Interest Director.
  • To be eligible for the full $4,000 award, the Fellow may not earn more than $6,000 from all sources of funding (including other University of Michigan funds) for the summer.
  • Fellows must work full-time for a minimum of 10 weeks with a non-profit organization and the work performed must be on LGBTQ legal issues, non-partisan, and supervised by an attorney.
  • This funding may be considered taxable income even if a W-2 is not issued. This should not be construed as tax advice, however, and we encourage you to consult with a tax advisor for more information.
  • Students interested in receiving Law School funds for a summer or post-graduate position outside the United States must consult with the Office of Career Planning regarding University-required paperwork that must be completed before funds can be released. Further, the University's International Travel Policy lists University Travel Restricted Destinations, and activities in these destinations are not eligible for University funding. Because the list of Travel Restricted Destinations is subject to change, students should be aware that it is possible that funding is not ensured, and should therefore keep in close contact with OCP about potentially affected destinations.

Peer Counseling

At the conclusion of the summer, the Fellow must submit a summary for Public Service Network that includes the contact information of the organization for which the Fellow worked, a description of the duties performed, and an evaluation of the job experience.


If you have any questions about the Spectrum Summer fellowship, you can email or call 734.764.0546.


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