Commonly Asked Questions


  • What schools participate in the Summer Fellowship program?
    In 2019, we had Summer Fellows from Barnard, Brown, Bryn Mawr, Harvard, Princeton, Spelman, Stanford, and Yale.
  • What kind of work qualifies as public interest?
    Public interest law includes helping individuals or groups that lack sufficient resources to retain attorneys or to engage in sustained legal advocacy. Generally, your host must be a 501(c)(3) organization.
  • During my fellowship summer, must I do particular kinds of work or tasks?
    No, but you must confirm with your host organization that your primary work will be something other than clerical tasks.
  • How many weeks of the summer should I spend with my host organization?
    Summer fellows must spend at least 8-10 weeks with their organizations. On a few occasions, a half-time stipend has been awarded because a fellow split the summer between two fellowships.
  • What is the stipend amount?
    Stipends may vary somewhat school to school. Many are for $4,000 for the full summer fellowship. Remember that the stipend is considered taxable income to you.
  • How do I apply for a Summer Fellowship?
    The application process for Yale students is described in detail here. Students at other schools should contact their respective programs for specific details.
  • What are the other requirements for the fellowship? Is a report required?
    All Summer Fellows must submit a final report, usually by early September. Summer Fellow will receive information about deadlines and what should be included in the report.