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Application Timeline for Summer Fellowships

While the planning for summer fellowships occurs year-round, most activities begin in the fall semester. The following are the major milestones applicants should be cognizant of.

Step One:

Students should begin looking for host human rights organizations and contact organizations in which they are interested, in order to explore whether there is a fit between their interests and skills and the organization’s needs. Students should also explore the logistical aspects of the destination of the organizations they are considering.

Remember: OPIA’s Job Search Toolkit contains a more extensive set of guidelines and information on how to approach summer jobs and fellowships in the public interest field. More specific information on human rights work can also be found on OPIA’s Explore International Public Interest Law page.

Step Two:

December – January: Apply to host human rights organizations. Students intending to apply for an HRP summer fellowship and who have not yet made an initial OPIA advising appointment are strongly encouraged to do so. Students who have inquiries about the HRP Summer Fellowship application process can reach out to HRP Associate Director Abadir M. Ibrahim ([email protected]) starting in December.

Remember: An application to the HRP Summer Fellowship does not preclude a simultaneous application to the Chayes Fellowship administered by ILS. Candidates cannot, however, be awarded both fellowships at the same time. Students should also note that being awarded an HRP Summer Fellowship in a previous year does not disqualify one from applying in subsequent years.

Step Three:

February: DEADLINE to submit application forms to HRP is February 1, 2023. 

Remember: It is not atypical for students to submit their application before they have secured summer employment. Applicants should update the HRP on changes in their placement status as soon as such change occurs.

Step Four:

March/April: DEADLINE to apply for HLS Summer Public Interest Funding with the HLS Student Financial Services Office (1Ls and 2Ls only; application opens in late January). See the JD Student Financial Services Office and Summer Public Interest Funding (SPIF) websites for details.

Remember: An application for HLS Summer Public Interest Funding (SPIF) is a necessary condition for participation in the HRP Summer Fellowships.

Step Five:

March: Notification of HRP fellowship awards will be sent to applicants. Final award of grant is contingent upon the student securing an approved placement.

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