Commonly Asked Questions


  • What schools participate in the Summer Fellowship program?
    In 2016, we had Summer Fellows from Barnard, Brown, Harvard, Princeton, Spelman, Stanford, and Yale.
  • What kind of work qualifies as public interest?
    Public interest law includes helping a wide array of individuals or organizations 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?
    If you are selected as a Summer Fellow, you will get specific information about deadlines and the about the nature of the information to be included. All Summer Fellows must submit a final report, usually by early September.