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Due to Harvard University’s travel restrictions, International Legal Studies will not offer the usual Winter Term International Travel Grants for January 2021 Winter Term clinical or writing projects. Instead, a number of students will be selected as Cravath International Fellows in recognition of internationally focused work conducted during January 2021. Students may conduct projects remotely, in the US, or wherever they are already residing, but the Winter Term activity must have a substantive international, foreign, or comparative element.

Please note: for Winter Term 2021, the Cravath International Fellowships will be awarded based on the work actually undertaken rather than on proposals submitted in advance. Therefore, applications should not be submitted until after the three-week Winter Term engagement has been completed, but applicants should carefully review the criteria and expense reimbursement information provided below before they begin their Winter Term projects.


To be considered for a Cravath International Fellowship, an HLS student must:

  • be enrolled as a J.D. or LL.M. student during Winter Term in January 2021
  • have undertaken an approved Winter Term clinical project or research/writing project with a substantive international, foreign, or comparative element in January 2021
  • submit the Fellowship application, together with all required attachments (see Application Deadlines and Materials below), to International Legal Studies
  • provide evidence of faculty support for the project.

Applicants should also note the following:

  • Students who received Winter Term International Travel Grants for January 2020 are not precluded from applying for a Cravath International Fellowship for work during January 2021, provided they have met all grant obligations and academic requirements and received HLS credit in relation to the project supported by the 2020 grant.
  • Winter Term projects should be conducted between January 5 and 22, 2021. If a student obtains permission to vary these dates slightly due to a compelling reason, the project period must still encompass a minimum of 14 working days. A student must petition for permission to work or undertake research for fewer than 14 days.
  • Cravath International Fellowships will be awarded on an individual basis so that the program can support a variety of well-conceived projects. Students who undertake a project in a pair or small group must submit separate applications and provide a detailed explanation of why each student’s participation was necessary and the specific role each student played. As applications will be evaluated independently, it is possible that students who worked together will not all be selected for the Fellowship program.

Fellowship Awards and Expense Reimbursement

Cravath International Fellows will be invited to participate in a virtual event with HLS alumni who are partners at the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore as well as a select group of HLS faculty and staff. (A meal will be provided or students will receive a voucher.) Fellows will also receive a commemorative item recognizing their participation in the program. Because HLS cannot support travel for Winter Term 2021, the Fellowship will not carry a stipend.

Students who incur qualifying project expenses (such as printing, fees to access materials, or purchase of books) up to $250 may submit receipts for reimbursement following Winter Term. Receipts for Winter Term project expenses must be in the student’s name and clearly indicate the item, cost (in US dollars, with conversion calculations if needed), and date expense was incurred. Questions about whether a particular expense would qualify can be directed to

Project Parameters and Selection Criteria

Students applying for the Cravath International Fellowship must demonstrate that their January 2021 Winter Term clinical or research/writing projects have a substantive international, foreign, or comparative element.

In deciding which projects merit Fellowships, the Selection Committee will consider:

  • the thoughtfulness, clarity, and completeness of the project description, including the rigor of the project’s methodology and requisite detail about the specific work undertaken
  • the reasons the student undertook the project, including its relation to the student’s goals and their academic, intellectual, practical, and other experiences
  • the appropriateness of the scope of the project, given the duration of Winter Term
  • the student’s qualifications for the project, including foreign language proficiency if relevant
  • the originality and potential impact of the project
  • the correlation between the project and the expertise of the student’s HLS faculty supervisor.

While it is certainly possible for a student to spend Winter Term exploring a topic of recent rather than long-standing interest, the project’s subject matter should have some relevance to the student’s areas of study, skills, and experience.

Students applying for the Cravath International Fellowship should ensure that all Winter Term-related activities are in accordance with Harvard University’s travel restrictions.

Application Deadline and Materials

Students should submit applications to International Legal Studies by 5:00 p.m. EST on Monday, February 15, 2021.

Applications must include the following:

  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • A current Harvard Law School transcript that includes the student’s most recent reported grades as of the application deadline. (Since HLS is in remote operations, International Legal Studies will accept unofficial transcripts sent by the student.)
  • A letter or email from the student’s HLS faculty supervisor, commenting on the student’s project and its merit. The more substantive and detailed the letter, the more useful it will be in the Selection Committee’s deliberations. (This letter or email should be sent directly to International Legal Studies by the faculty member.)
  • For students who conducted research/writing projects, a bibliography of basic sources on the topic they explored

All application materials should be sent to International Legal Studies at

 Use of Human Subjects

Students are responsible for the ethical implications of their research. If a student’s project includes research involving human subjects, including interviews, surveys, or obtaining information by other means, it may require advance review by the Committee on the Use of Human Subjects. Be sure to review the information on their website; for additional questions, contact