Grants of up to $600 per student per academic year are awarded three times throughout the year to students travelling for postgraduate fellowship and job interviews with public interest employers. Decisions are made by a committee of student services administrators. Students are encouraged to first ask whether the employer would consider a Skype or teleconference interview if asked to interview in person. OPIA and DOS have interview facilities available.
Priority will be considered based upon the applicant’s need.
- High = need-based HLS grant recipient
- Moderate = not eligible for need-based HLS grant, but substantial loan debt
- Low/No = not on aid or little/no loan debt
If initial applications come from low or moderate need applicants, the committee may defer ruling on those applications until later in the year after assessing the whole pool of applicants.
There may be funds remaining to distribute additional grant awards in the last cycle. Students may then be reconsidered for an amount exceeding $600 and are encouraged to submit any additional applications by the last deadline for consideration of any possible additional funding; decisions will be made as part of the final round of awards.
To be considered for a stipend, students must submit the completed 3L Public Interest Interview Fund Application & Reimbursement Form along with travel receipts to OPIA, WCC 4039, by the following dates:
- November 1
- February 15
- April 16
- May 10- Even if you have already reached the pre-existing $600 “cap,” you may submit additional receipts from travel to interviews with public interest & government employers.
This fund is part of previous initiatives designed to alleviate job search pressures for students of modest means, including LIPP-eligible loans for clerkship interview expenses and professional attire and low cost or free bar review courses for those not being funded by their employer.
Questions should be directed to Alexa Shabecoff in OPIA.