There are several sources of funding which may be combined with SPIF funds up to the funding cap that are specific to HLS students. A few of these funding sources are administered through the SPIF office; the applications for these fellowships and programs will be listed on this page as they become available.
Information about other HLS specific supplemental funding sources, not administered by the SPIF Office, is available on the HLS Fellowships website.
In addition, please see OPIA’s website for information on the following:
- HLS GLBT Fellowship
- HLS Association of Greater Philadelphia Summer Fellowship
- HLS Association of New Jersey Summer Fellowship
Applications for the Stevens, Sutin and Vorenberg fellowships described below will be available in early February 2016.
Justice John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellowship
This fellowship honors Justice Stevens’ career long commitment to public interest and social justice values. Skip Paul, a former law clerk to Justice Stevens, founded the fellowship in 1997 at Northwestern University Law School where Justice Stevens earned his law degree. This is the second of five years Harvard will award Stevens Fellowships. Two fellowships of $5000 will be awarded to students working in full-time, SPIF eligible public interest positions; judicial clerkships are not eligible. Please note, though SPIF funding is awarded for a 280 hour commitment, Stevens Fellows must commit to a placement that is at least 40 hours per week for 10 weeks. Preference will be given to students with demonstrated need and to current 2Ls. Funding for this award will be disbursed in conjunction with SPIF funds and according to SPIF guidelines regarding Funding Caps. Please note this award is contingent on the recipient accepting and engaging in the placement they describe in their application materials. Additional details regarding the Stevens Fellowships may be found in this PDF of the Fellowship’s brochure.
L. Anthony Sutin Public Service Fellowship
This fellowship was named for L. Anthony Sutin ’84, the late dean of the Appalachian School of Law who was killed by a former ASL student. Sutin was committed to public service throughout his life and this fellowship was established to assist students with similar commitment who plan to work in public service during the summer. Preference will be given to applicants who obtain summer employment in the Appalachian region or in other areas of the United States that typically have been underrepresented in legal services. Funding for this award will be disbursed in conjunction with SPIF funds and according to SPIF guidelines regarding Funding Caps. Please note this award is contingent on the recipient accepting and engaging in the placement they describe in their application materials.
James Vorenberg Equal Justice Summer Fellowship
Named after former HLS Dean James Vorenberg, this summer fellowship honors Dean Vorenberg’s commitment to equal access justice for all. Funded by his 1951 classmates, the Vorenberg Equal Justice Summer Fellowship encourages HLS students to pursue summer internships in the fields of civil rights and criminal justice. Applications from students who will be working at either nonprofit organizations or public interest law firms where they will advocate on behalf of traditionally underrepresented, indigent, and otherwise disadvantaged individuals in civil or criminal matters will be considered. Death penalty trial or appellate work on behalf of the accused, as well as work involving voting rights, discrimination, access to justice, prisoners’ rights, and domestic human rights advocacy are examples of the substantive areas of law covered by the Vorenberg Equal Justice Summer Fellowship. This fellowship is intended to supplement the summer funding awarded by the Student Financial Services office and the amount of the stipends awarded varies based on fundraising efforts and individual need. Preference will be given to students who are eligible for academic year financial assistance. Funding for this award will be disbursed in conjunction with SPIF funds and according to SPIF guidelines regarding Funding Caps. Please note this award is contingent on the recipient accepting and engaging in the placement they describe in their application materials.