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Yale Law School offers extensive support for student summer and post-graduate public interest work through summer and post-graduate fellowships. Several are specifically designated to support international or transnational work.
Kirby Simon Summer Human Rights Fellowships provide travel and living-expense stipends to allow students to undertake human rights work during the summer. In 2012 alone, the fellowship sponsored summer projects in close to 24 countries.
The Robert L. Bernstein Fellowship in International Human Rights funds up to three Law School graduating students or recent graduates to work full time for a year on human rights advocacy projects that they have developed, usually in conjunction with human rights organizations.
The Howard M. Holtzmann Fellowships in International Dispute Resolution support J.S.D. candidates preparing dissertations and J.D. students wishing to pursue special research projects in international arbitration, conciliation, and dispute resolution. Applications must be submitted while you are a student.
The Robina Foundation Fellowship in International Human Rights funds up to three Law School graduating students or recent graduates to work full time for a year in areas related to international human rights, particularly as international or foreign judicial clerks, international prosecutorial interns, or interns with governmental or intergovernmental agencies, or on independent research projects.
The Gruber Fellowships in Global Justice and the Gruber Fellowships in Women's Rights help foster international understanding and dialogue in the fields of global justice and women's rights. These post-graduate fellowships allow recent graduates of Yale graduate and professional schools to spend a year working on issues of relevance to the fields of global justice and/or women's rights. Application details.
The International Court of Justice Internship/Clerkship at The Hague, the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, makes available a nine-month internship/clerkship position that is funded by the Law School.
Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague
The Permanent Court of Arbitration stands at the juncture between public and private international law. It was established to facilitate dispute resolution between states, but its mandate has expanded to include disputes between various combinations of states, state entities, intergovernmental organizations, and private parties. This Fellowship offers YLS graduates a unique opportunity to work on cases involving issues ranging from territorial boundaries and humanitarian law to disputes under bilateral and multilateral investment treaties and commercial contracts. The 2017-2018 fellowship is funded through support from the Howard M. Holtzmann Endowment Fund for International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution at Yale Law School. Deadline for applications: Feb. 22, 2017.
The Robert M. Cover–Allard K. Lowenstein Fellowship in International Human Rights provides a two-year opportunity for a lawyer to gain clinical human rights teaching experience in the Lowenstein Clinic. The Cover-Lowenstein Fellow also helps coordinate the activities of the Schell Center.
Additional fellowships may also be available through Yale University.