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Harvard Law School is now accepting applications for the International Legal Studies (ILS) Post-Graduate Fellowships. The ILS Post-Graduate Fellowships are designed to improve participants’ understanding of international and/or transnational law by supporting graduating HLS students or recent J.D. or LL.M. graduates who will be clerking or interning at an international or foreign regional/supranational court or tribunal in 2021-2022. It is expected that the Selection Committee will award up to one or two ILS Post-Graduate Fellowships for 2021-2022.  Please note that this is separate from the Law School’s support for positions at the International Court of Justice; for more information regarding support for ICJ clerkships, please see the International Court of Justice Judicial Fellows Programme web page.


  • Applicants should be HLS 3Ls or LL.M. students who will graduate in May 2021 or recent graduates (those who received the J.D. or LL.M. in 2018, 2019, or 2020).
  • Applicants should not have previously been employed as clerks or legal interns in the court/tribunal where they are proposing to work.
  • The ILS Post-Graduate Fellowship is available to applicants seeking positions that would otherwise be unfunded. Applicants who have secured positions with stipends of less than $1,000/month may also be considered for the ILS Post-Graduate Fellowship.
  • The ILS Post-Graduate Fellowship is designed to fund an eligible position of nine months or longer with a grant in the amount of up to $40,000. Positions of six to eight months will also be considered, with concomitantly reduced funding. Placements of less than six months in duration will not be considered.
  • Positions in U.S. or foreign national courts are not eligible for funding.
  • The award of funding is contingent upon a nominee securing an internship or clerkship by May 31, 2021.

Application Components

  • the ILS Post-Graduate Fellowship Application Cover Page
  • a statement of interest (not to exceed 1,000 words) describing:
    • relevant experience, background, and skills (including study of or work pertinent to international and/or transnational law, including language skills)
    • professional goals
    • a description of the proposed clerkship/internship, including details regarding:
      • the host court or tribunal
      • the work (including any specific projects) that the applicant expects to undertake
      • the type of supervision the applicant expects to receive at the court or tribunal
  • a current CV/resume
  • a letter from the host court or tribunal indicating a commitment to hosting the applicant, and duration of the position; additional details may be requested at a later date

Note: applicants who have not yet secured a position must instead include an addendum to their statement of interest, (i) describing the specific steps they are taking to secure a position, and (ii) identifying and describing the court or tribunal where they seek to work.  The award of funding in such case would be contingent upon the applicant securing an offer from an eligible court/tribunal by May 31, 2021.

  • an official Harvard Law School transcript. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the Office of the Registrar. Students can order their official transcript online by going to and selecting the “Online Transcript Ordering System.” Transcripts should be sent directly to
  • two letters of recommendation, at least one of which must be from an HLS professor; Recommenders should email their recommendation letters directly to

Application Process

  • All application materials should be submitted via email to the ILS Post-Graduate Fellowship program (c/o International Legal Studies – by no later than 5:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, April 19, 2021.
  • Application materials (other than letters of recommendation and transcripts) should be submitted as one PDF file.
  • Transcripts should be emailed directly from the HLS Office of the Registrar to
  • Letters of recommendation should be emailed from referees directly to
  • Please note that interviews may be required for shortlisted candidates.

Selection Criteria

Factors considered by the Selection Committee will include:

  • Strength of the application in demonstrating how the proposed clerkship/internship aligns with the applicant’s career plans
  • Applicant’s HLS academic performance, other relevant background and experience, and commitment to international and/or transnational law

Notification of Award(s)

The Selection Committee will review applications and make selections for the ILS Post-Graduate Fellowship by early May.  Award notifications will be sent shortly thereafter.

Reporting Requirements

Selected candidates will be required to submit two reports detailing their experience as ILS Post-Graduate Fellows, one due at the halfway mark of their clerkship/internship, and one due upon its completion.  Fellows should also report their employment plans following the period of their Fellowship.

Travel Policy

Please note that the award of the ILS Post-Graduate Fellowship and associated funding will be contingent on the ability of recipients to adhere to all Harvard University travel policies. For further information related to current travel restrictions, please refer to the Harvard University Coronavirus travel guidance.

For More Information

Please contact International Legal Studies at