Fellows have the opportunity to spend a summer working full time in the field of public interest law or in cities addressing urban issues with a supervisor/mentor in a community organization of their choice. Fellows must work in the United States. For opportunities during the fall, winter, or spring quarters, please see the Jane Stanford Fellowship program.
Applicants must propose their own placements with organizations with which they have corresponded before the application deadline and effectively demonstrate that their intended partner organization has the need, interest, and capacity to work with an intern/fellow and to support the proposed work plan.
Each fellow receives a base stipend of $5,000 to cover most of the essential costs associated with an unpaid service experience. Financial aid and supplemental funding is available to students who qualify.
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Public Interest Law Fellowship
Approximately six fellows will be selected as Public Interest Law fellows to spend the summer working in public interest (nonprofit or governmental) organizations within the United States addressing a number of social issues. Three Public Interest Law fellows will be designated as Liman Fellows. The Liman Summer Fellowship is coordinated by the Arthur Liman Public Interest Program at Yale Law School, and offers students an opportunity to participate in public interest law projects. Liman Fellows have worked on issues such as immigrants’ rights, workers’ rights, prison conditions, educational adequacy, and juvenile justice. Liman Fellows are strongly encouraged to attend the annual Liman Public Interest Colloquium (expenses paid), and will be incorporated into a cohort of fellows from Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Brown, Harvard, Princeton, Spelman, and Yale. The Liman Colloquium will take place at Yale Law School from March 28-29 and will be titled "Inside/Out: Poverty, the Courts, and the Academy."
This fellowship is made possible by the Liman Foundation, the H. Michael Stevens Fellowship Fund, the James and Victoria Maroulis Cardinal Quarter Fund, the Bramson Cardinal Service Fund and Haas Center donors as part of the Cardinal Quarter program.
Urban Summer Fellowship
Urban Summer Fellows spend a summer working in cities to address various urban issues (e.g., architecture, urban planning, education, housing, and civil rights).
In the summer of 2000, the Haas Center and the Program on Urban Studies began offering the Urban Summer Fellowship Program. The program is made possible by the Jesse and Mindy Rogers Cardinal Quarter Fund, the Bramson Cardinal Service Fund, the Haas-Lurie Cardinal Quarter Fund, the Dickson Family Cardinal Quarter Fund, the Schroeder Family Goldman Sachs Cardinal Service Fund, and Haas Center donors as part of the Cardinal Quarter program.
Currently enrolled first-years, sophomores, and juniors from all academic disciplines are encouraged to apply, and applicants may vary in academic interests, public service involvement, and experience. Priority will be given to students who have completed fewer than two previous Cardinal Quarter opportunities. Graduating seniors are only eligible for Round 2 opportunities if funding is available, and the Round 2 deadline may be in April. Students who have begun their coterm programs are not eligible to apply.
Fellows are required to work at least 35 hours/week for nine consecutive weeks at their placements. Fellows are expected to work on-site with their host organization, and have a designated full-time professional staff member on-site as their supervisor/mentor. Please review the entire FAQs section for program policies. Other commitments include the following:
- Attend a program orientation.
- Attend the Engaging in Ethical and Effective Service workshop.
- Meet with academic mentor at least once.
- Design a personal learning plan for the summer and share the plan with community partner and academic mentor.
- For Urban Summer Fellows, participate in periodic check-in phone calls with the Urban Summer Fellowship cohort and program staff, and contribute to online discussion boards and to a public blog.
- Submit a brief preliminary report.
- Submit a final report, complete a program evaluation, and correspond with fellowship donor(s) as requested by fellowships program staff.
- Meet with academic mentor at least once.
- Attend a de-briefing meeting for the purpose of reflecting upon and evaluating summer experiences.
- Participate in outreach activities to share your experiences and help publicize the program.
- For Urban Summer Fellows, present at the Urban Summer/Urban Studies Fellowship Open House.
For those who seek assistance, advising is offered to help students develop their applications and/or to identify potential partner organizations.
Students are strongly encouraged to discuss ideas for placements with program staff well before the application deadline to identify appropriate/relevant opportunities and prepare effective application materials. Developing a suitable summer placement takes time, so it is important to start the application process early and consult with professors, advisors, and community partners regularly.
This fellowship is intended for individuals whose application, references, and interview demonstrate
- an integration of the fellowship experience with applicant’s academic, personal and/or career goals
- prior demonstrated interest or involvement in the subject area, including related coursework
- a compelling match between applicant’s skills and interests and an organization’s work and needs
- strong potential for the fellowship experience to enlarge a candidate’s understanding of an identified community issue or challenge
Complete applications are screened, finalists interviewed, and fellows selected by a committee with the intention to award fellowships prior to spring break. Committee decisions are final.