UW School of Law International Fellowships

Africa Public Interest Law Fellowship (APILF)

The APILF provides students with an opportunity to do public interest legal work in an African non-profit, non-governmental, educational, and/or private organization and to make a valuable contribution to human rights and global social justice during the summer. This fellowship is aimed at encouraging and facilitating students with demonstrated commitment to international human rights, global social justice, and global public interest to travel to any country in Africa to work for a non-profit making organization during the summer. The successful candidate will be expected to complete assignments in legal writing, analysis, and research under the supervision of a legal professional (preferably a licensed attorney).

The APILF is subject to review each year and dependent upon available funds. Contact ) for more information.

Eligibility

This fellowship is open to UW School of Law students during the summer following their first or second year of law school. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated interest and commitment to international human rights and global social justice, and an interest in working in the field.

The selection criteria includes: demonstrated commitment to human rights and global social justice; desire to further international understanding through public interest work, and a demonstration that one’s career goals would be furthered by this fellowship. The APILF may be combined with any other grant or fellowship including a PILA grant or Joan Fitzpatrick Fellowship.

Purpose of the Fellowship

It is hoped that this opportunity will help students build human rights and social justice work into their careers whether in non-profit work, private legal practice, government work or while working in an inter-governmental organization.

Funding Amount and Restrictions

The successful candidate will be awarded a travel grant of up to $2000 (non-state funds) to cover air fare from a destination in Continental US to the internship’s destination. Air fare reservations will be made with the Center for Public Service Law to secure the most economical fare. The Fellowship cannot cover any amounts above $2000.

How to Apply

Submit a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcripts, two letters of recommendation and no more than a 3 page proposal for your proposed work in Africa. The proposal should include a proposed financial budget that the applicant will implement and which demonstrates the financial feasibility of the project. Submit the application materials to Ann Spangler of the Center for Public Service Law either via email at or to her third floor mailbox or to her office in room 346. The successful candidates must meet the criteria as articulated in the fellowship description and eligibility requirements set forth above. In your application, please identify if the experience will be a proposed externship.

Deadline: Applications are due on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 5:00PM.

Asia Health Law Fellowship (AHLP)

The AHLP provides students with an opportunity to do public interest legal work in a resource poor country in Asia and to make a valuable contribution to global health law and social justice during the summer. This fellowship is aimed at encouraging and facilitating students with demonstrated commitment to global health, international human rights and social justice to travel to an Asian country to work for a non-governmental organization (NGO) during the summer. The successful candidate will be expected to complete research and analysis on a leading health, law and policy issue. Assignments may include writing and presenting “white papers” on comparative health law and policy. The exact project will be determined by the needs of the NGO and the interest of the successful candidate and will be supervised by a legal/social justice professional and a UW School of Law faculty member.

Professor Beth Rivin is the faculty advisor. Professor Rivin and Assistant Dean Michele Storms of the Center for Public Service Law will serve as the Co-Chairs. The AHLP is subject to review each year and dependent upon available funds. Contact Professor Beth Rivin () for information about NGOs in Indonesian, India and Cambodia. Contact ) with other inquiries.

Eligibility

This fellowship is open to UW School of Law students during the summer following their first or second year of law school. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated interest and commitment to global health, international human rights and social justice, and an interest in working in the field of health law.

The selection criteria includes: demonstrated commitment to global health, human rights and social justice; desire to further international understanding through public interest work, and a demonstration that one’s career goals would be furthered by this fellowship. The AHLP may be combined with any other grant or fellowship including a PILA grant or Joan Fitzpatrick Fellowship.

Purpose of the Fellowship

It is hoped that this opportunity will help students build global health, human rights and social justice work into their careers, whether in non-profit work, private legal practice, government work or while working in an international organization.

Funding Amount and Restrictions

The successful candidate will be awarded a travel grant of up to $2000 (non-state funds) to cover air fare from a destination in Continental US to the internship’s destination. This amount includes a small allowance for food and housing. Air fare reservations will be made with the Center for Public Service Law to secure the most economical fare. The Fellowship cannot cover any amounts above $2000.

How to Apply

Submit a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcripts, two letters of recommendation and no more than a 3 page proposal for your proposed work in Asia. The proposal should include a proposed financial budget that the applicant will implement, which demonstrates the financial feasibility of the project. Submit the application materials to Ann Spangler of the Center for Public Service Law either via email at or to her third floor mailbox or to her office in room 346. The successful candidates must meet the criteria as articulated in the fellowship description and eligibility requirements set forth above.

Deadline: Applications are due on April 3, 2014 at 5:00PM.

Joan Fitzpatrick Fellowship

Professor Joan M. Fitzpatrick was a much loved and universally respected professor of human rights and international law at University of Washington School of Law. She helped establish human rights law as a legitimate field of legal specialization, tackling issues such as protecting refugees, promoting women’s rights, campaigning for gay and lesbian rights, and enforcing human rights during states of emergency. After her untimely death, students of Professor Fitzpatrick, determined to honor their beloved professor and the ideals she stood for, established the Joan M. Fitzpatrick Fellowship in Human Rights as a permanent memorial in her name.

The Joan Fitzpatrick Fellowship in Human Rights (“Fellowship”) is awarded to a University of Washington School of Law student. The purpose of the fellowship is to provide financial assistance to a UW School of Law student who has demonstrated an interest in human rights law, and who is performing (or planning to perform) unpaid law-related work in human rights during the summer or the following academic year.

Eligibility

All continuing UW School of Law students are eligible to apply for the Fellowship. “Continuing” means students who will be enrolled as full time law students at UW School of Law for one or more quarters during the academic year following the Fellowship. In line with Prof. Fitzpatrick’s lifetime goal of encouraging J.D. students to pursue human rights as a legitimate field of study and career specialization, the Selection Committee will give preference to students who are 1Ls and 2Ls at the time of application.

Purpose of the Fellowship

The Fellowship is for a UW School of Law student with a demonstrated commitment to international human rights and an interest in working in the field in the future. The Fellowship award is intended to enable the recipient to travel and work at a nongovernmental, governmental or intergovernmental organization working on human rights and make a significant contribution during the period of fellowship (typically during the summer). The Fellowship is not intended to support research at an academic institution.

Funding Amount and Restrictions

The Fellowship amount for this year will be updated soon. The recipient will be required to obtain the consent of the Joan Fitzpatrick Endowment Fund Committee (“Committee”) before receiving any additional funding. The recipient cannot simultaneously accept PILA funding.

How to Apply

Submit a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcripts, two letters of recommendation and no more than a 3 page proposal for your proposed work. The proposal should include a proposed financial budget that the applicant will implement and which demonstrates the financial feasibility of the project. Submit the application materials to Ann Spangler of the Center for Public Service Law either via email at or to her third floor mailbox or to her office in room 346. The successful candidates must meet the criteria as articulated in the fellowship description and eligibility requirements set forth above.

Deadline: Applications are due April 3, 2014 at 5:00PM.

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William Sampson Fellowships in Comparative Public Interest Law

The William Sampson Fellowships in Comparative Public Interest Law provides an externship opportunity for UW law students to spend up to four months working at a human rights non-profit or NGO in Ireland. Some of our partners include:

Professor Walter Walsh is the faculty advisor and co-chairs the selection committee with Assistant Dean Michele Storms. Please email address('mestorms') if you have questions.

Eligibility

This fellowship is open to UW School of Law students during the summer following their first or second year of law school. The successful candidates will have a demonstrated interest and commitment to international human rights and global social justice.

Purpose of the Fellowship

We hope that this opportunity will help students build human rights and social justice work into their careers whether in non-profit work, private legal practice, government work or while working in an inter-governmental organization.

Funding Amount and Restrictions

The fellowship includes assistance with placement at one of our partners in Ireland but does not include funding. We encourage students to apply for PILA grants or to seek externship credits for the placement.

How to Apply

Applications are due by midnight on the third Wednesday in February. Submit your application to Ann Spangler at or by placing a paper application in her mailbox outside suite 346. All applicants will be notified of their application status by the third Wednesday in March.

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Last updated 2/6/2014