Project Funding Resources

Yale Law School students may apply to a number of resources for support of discrete academic and independent research projects. In addition, Yale Law School provides generous support for summer and post-graduate public interest work, as well as other student initiatives during the academic year. Prospective applicants should review the eligibility criteria and application information noted below, and contact the relevant administrator for further details.

Student organizations should contact Chloe Bush. Director of Student Affairs, for questions relating to student organization funding. Typically student organizations submit a budget proposal in the spring and award letters are sent in late August/early September.

Academic Research Travel
Conference Presentations
Moot Court, Trial Advocacy, and Other Competitions
Public Interest Law Projects and Work Opportunities
Other Student Initiatives
Resources Outside Yale Law School

Academic Research

Yale Law School provides funding to support student research through three funds: Streicker Fund for Student Research, Howard M. Holtzmann Fund in International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution, and funds from the Oscar M. Ruebhausen Fund. Only academic research/writing projects, generally for credit and conducted under YLS faculty supervision are eligible. First time applicants are given preference. Funding for repeat applicants will depend on the applicant pool and availability of funds.

Students should contact the following people to discuss project proposals prior to submitting an application:

  • Research involving international travel and/or international arbitration: Mindy Jane Roseman, Director of International Programs
  • Research conducted domestically:
    • Graduate students: Maria Dino, Director of Graduate Programs
    • JD students: Chloe Bush, Director of Student Affairs

Students seeking support for academic research should apply through a single application, with the exception of graduate students applying for domestic research funding. Those graduate students should contact Maria Dino for a separate application form.

Please note the following application deadlines:


Project Start Date


Fall semester

September 27th

Winter recess

November 18th

Spring semester, including spring recess

February 14th


April 27th

*JD students only

The Streicker Fund for Student Research provides support for academic projects requiring international travel. Examples include field research, in-country interviews with relevant stakeholders, and archival research. Research trips are typically conducted during extended academic recesses (e.g., summer or winter break).

The Oscar M. Ruebhausen Fund for student domestic research projects provides support for students to engage in domestic research and pursue academic inquiry and discourse. This fund is part of the larger Oscar M. Ruebhausen Fund and was secured by the Office of Graduate Programs and Office of Student Affairs.

The Howard M. Holtzmann Fund in International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution* is devoted to the study of arbitration, conciliation, and other means for resolving issues of public and commercial international law. The Fund – named after Judge Holtzmann '47, a highly respected member of the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal until his retirement – supports academic projects, most notably (in order of preference) fellowship grants for current doctoral students preparing dissertations on relevant topics and current JD students who wish to pursue special research projects in relevant subject areas.

*Holtzmann funding is not available in the 2019-2020 academic year.

Conference Presentations

Yale Law School has limited funds to support students who have been invited to present a paper, written as part of their Law School education, at a scholarly conference. The award can be used to subsidize registration, travel, and lodging needs to present at the conference. JD students invited to present at a conference should contact Chloe Bush, Director of Student Affairs. Graduate students should contact Maria Dino, Director of Graduate Programs.

Moot Court, Trial Advocacy, and Other Competitions

Yale Law School has limited funds to support students who would like to field a team to compete in interschool moot court, trial advocacy, and other competitions. The competitions in which students participate can vary from year to year and depend on student interest and available funding. Students involved in these teams must demonstrate that they are making satisfactory progress towards satisfying degree requirements at the Law School. A list of competitions our students have participated in more regularly is below. Students may also consult Inter-School Moot Court, Trial Advocacy, and Other Competitions (NetID required) portal found on Yale Connect. Students interested in participating in a competition should contact Chloe Bush, Director of Student Affairs.


National Trial Competition, hosted by Texas Young Lawyers Association

Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

Student Trial Advocacy Competition, hosted by American Association for Justice

Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Competition

World Human Rights Moot Court Competition

Public Interest Law Projects and Work Opportunities

Post-Graduate Public Interest Fellowships
Information on public interest fellowships available to Yale Law School students and alums may be found at the above link.

Summer Public Interest Fellowships
Information on support for summer public interest fellowships available to Yale Law students may be found at the above link.

Deborah L. Rhode Fund for Public Interest & Pro Bono Services
The purpose of this fund is to support activities and/or involvement of Yale Law School students interested in pro bono or public interest opportunities during the academic year. You must be a currently enrolled student in good academic standing to qualify for an award to subsidize reasonable transportation and lodging costs; administrative expenses including photocopying and telephone calls. The award is only for costs which are not covered by other sources and are integral to the project. Award will depend on the number and scope of application request as well as funding available in any given year.

Mary A. McCarthy Fellowships in Public Interest Law
Supports public interest law projects, especially in mediation and the rights of immigrants, prisoners, criminal defendants, and women. Work products have ranged from legal briefs and evidence gathered in support of litigation to articles in national journals, informational pamphlets, and videos.

Travel Reimbursement for Interviews in the Public Interest
The YLS Career Development Office has created TRI PI (Travel Reimbursement for Interviews in the Public Interest) which reimburses 2L, 3L, and LLM students for travel expenses, up to $800, to attend public interest interviews.

Loan Repayment
The Career Options Assistance Program (COAP) is one of the most generous and flexible loan forgiveness programs available at any law school.

Other Student Initiatives

The Zelia & Oscar Ruebhausen/Debevoise & Plimpton Student Fund Committee is charged with awarding grants to students (or student organizations and journals) that have a new proposed activity/idea/initiative which represents "an incremental support for students' intellectual activity, social motivation, or creative interest" or supports "productive interaction among the students and the Yale Law School faculty." The committee has $4,500 to award each semester. A call for proposals is done twice a year. If you are interested in applying for a grant and have any questions, please contact Chloe Bush.

The Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) may be a source of funding for events, activities, and student groups that are inclusive of all graduate and professional students. Applications are typically reviewed twice a month. Additional information on funding.