Project-based Postgraduate Fellowships

Project-based postgraduate fellowships are funded by a third-party sponsor and allow fellows to perform project-specific work with a host organization. Project-based fellowships are awarded on the basis of fairly involved project proposals. Third-party funders typically select fellows that have identified a significant societal need and developed a project that will feasibly meet that need, created a project that is discrete and not duplicative and partnered with an organization that is capable of accomplishing project goals.

Additionally, selection committees pay close attention to ensure that the applicant’s skills, experiences, and abilities are well suited to carry out his or her proposed project. The most popular national legal project-based fellowships include:

  • Equal Justice Works Fellowships – Equal Justice Works partners with sponsors to fund 60-75 two-year fellowships annually. Applicants must partner with nonprofit host organizations to design innovative projects that focus on providing legal advocacy on behalf of disenfranchised individuals and groups and addressing issues not adequately represented in our legal system. The deadline to apply is September 17, 2020.
  • Justice Catalyst Fellowships – The Justice Catalyst administers one-year, potentially renewable, project-based fellowships for graduating law students, or students completing a postgraduation clerkship, to support innovative public interest work at nonprofit organizations. The deadline to submit your resume and prospectus is on a rolling basis until October 13 with full application due on a rolling basis by November 30, 2020.
  • Skadden Fellowships – The Skadden Foundation awards two-year fellowships for law school graduates and outgoing judicial law clerks who want to work in the public interest. The deadline to apply is September 14, 2020.
  • Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowships – The Soros Justice Fellowships fund local, state and national policy advocacy projects that address one or more of the Open Society Foundations’ criminal justice reform priorities. The fellowships are 18 months in duration and may be, but don’t have to be, implemented in conjunction with a host organization. The deadline to apply is typically in October.

Texas Law students and graduates are also eligible to apply for the Texas Law Justice Corps Fellowships. These fellowships operate much like the national project-based fellowships but are awarded exclusively to Texas Law graduating students and alumni.

If you are interested in having your fellowship applications and supporting materials reviewed for any postgraduate fellowship, please submit your materials to by the date listed for each fellowship listed above.