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Due to the generosity of Helen Bates Van Tyne, the Law School has an endowment for assisting recent Michigan Law graduates or law students with two or more years of legal study to travel abroad for study or work experience that exposes them to legal and political institutions overseas. Students may apply for grants to enable them to pursue professional internships with international or government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, or other legal or political institutions in foreign countries. Although less common, applications may be considered for the pursuit of legal studies abroad, including independently designed research projects. Proposals are accepted for design-your-own projects/study as a 3L or post-graduation. This means projects can take place during a student's second summer, immediately after graduation, post-clerkship, etc. Proposals for projects of various types and requiring various lengths of time are welcome. However, students may not seek Bates Fellowships for externships or study abroad programs for academic credit toward the student's JD. Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis; an award is not guaranteed.
Examples of previous fellowship awards have included support for internships with international agencies, human rights organizations and law offices in foreign countries; and comparative legal study and teaching assistantships at universities throughout the world. Some projects have lasted up to a year. Most have involved an opportunity abroad for three to six months between the bar examination and the beginning of a permanent job. Still others have been short-term visits of six weeks, for example, to enable a student to complete an already well-developed research project. These examples are intended simply for illustration. We anticipate that students will develop their own opportunities to meet their individual goals, not simply replicate a prior internship, unless a previous internship is particularly well suited to the applicant's goals. Normally awards are not made to fund work at private law firms.
The proposal should mention the employment the applicant will pursue immediately following the Bates Fellowship, if known. If not yet known, the proposal should describe the type of post-Bates employment the applicant is seeking. The fellowships are awarded in varying amounts. They have varied in size from several hundred dollars to approximately $12,000. Fellowships do not always cover the full project expenses of those applicants who receive awards. Therefore, all applicants are encouraged to apply simultaneously for alternative sources of funding. Students should know that Bates Fellowship Awards are taxable income.
Examples of Bates Overseas Fellowship Awards
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