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Funding Opportunities

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 Sachi Sugimoto Rodgers, 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 Travel

Students seeking international travel support through the Streicker and/or Holtzmann Fund may apply through a single application. Proposals should relate to academic research/writing projects conducted under YLS faculty supervision. Students are eligible for one Streicker or Holtzmann Fund award during their time as YLS students.  Students should contact Sara Lulo, Director of International Programs, to discuss project proposals prior to submitting an application.  Please note the following application deadlines for Streicker and Holtzmann:

Thursday, October 1 for proposed travel during fall semester
Tuesday, December 1 for proposed travel over winter recess
Monday, February 15 for proposed travel over spring recess
Wednesday, June 1 for proposed travel over summer recess

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 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.


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 Sachi Sugimoto Rodgers, 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 the listing of Moot Court and Trial Advocacy Competitions (NetID required) found on the Inside Site.   Students interested in participating in a competition should contact Sachi Sugimoto Rodgers, Director of Student Affairs.

Copenhagen Competition

International Criminal Court Moot Court

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.

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 and 3L 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 Reva Pollack, Director of Student Life.

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 can be found here.


Resources Outside Yale Law School

Yale University Student Grants and Fellowships Database

The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale Fellowships

International Education and Fellowship Programs

You may also want to explore the websites of different areas of study at Yale University for additional funding opportunities.  One example is the Fund for Lesbian and Gay Studies (FLAGS) Research Award found on the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies website.