Kirby Simon Summer Fellowships
Kirby Simon Fellowships cover both travel costs and living expenses. Students submit a single application to the Schell Center and do not need to apply for Student Public Interest Fellowship (SPIF) funds. Although any Yale University student may apply for Kirby Simon Summer Fellowship travel support, applications from non-graduating Yale Law School students receive priority, and only law students are eligible for the living expenses component.
Applying for the Kirby Simon Summer Fellowship
Applications are due on April 15, 2013, and require a proposal, résumé, letter from a sponsoring organization confirming the student’s summer work assignment, and list of references. Before applying, students must meet with either Jim Silk or Soo-Ryun Kwon. Contact the Schell Center for application information and to sign up for meetings. Download the instructions. Download the application. During the summer of 2012, the Schell Center funded thirty-three Kirby Simon Summer Fellows. In recent years, as many as twenty percent of all first-year students have received summer funding from the Schell Center for international human rights work.
The Schell Center sponsors several panels, workshops, and meetings during the school year to assist students in finding summer projects and to explain the application process.