Organization-Based Fellowships provide $50,000 in salary support for a full year’s work at a nonprofit organization or government agency. Health care and other benefits must either be provided by the sponsoring organization or covered by the individual. Documented health care coverage is required during the fellowship year.
Applicants are highly encouraged to apply to all funding sources available to them. If a candidate receives another fellowship for an amount less than what PSVF would provide, and is also a successful PSVF candidate, PSVF may offer partial funding to make up for that discrepancy.
Funding for the PSVF Org-Based Fellowships comes from many sources, including the following:
The Irving R. Kaufman Fellowship was created in recognition of Judge Kaufman’s distinguished career in public service and are made possible by a generous gift from the late Honorable Walter Annenberg, philanthropist and former Ambassador to the Court of St. James and is intended as an award to graduating Harvard Law School students and recent alumni/ae who demonstrate the potential for outstanding careers in public service.
The Maria, Gabriella and Robert A. Skirnick Public Interest Fellowship was established to promote public service through a generous gift to Harvard Law School from Maria Ann Skirnick, JD ’69, and Robert A. Skirnick, JD ’66, University of Chicago Law School. The Skirnicks are now joined by their daughter, Gabriella Skirnick, JD/MBA ’07. The purpose of the Fellowship is two-fold: to achieve an immediate impact on the lives of the people served by the programs where the Fellows will be working and, with an eye to the future of the legal profession, to develop public interest law leaders and practitioners of tomorrow, whether they continue to work in the nonprofit arena or become pro bono advocates in the private bar. The Skirnick Fellowships are awarded to graduating third-year Harvard Law School students who demonstrate potential to become outstanding public interest lawyers and who will be working in qualifying practice settings according to the terms of the fellowship.
The Edith W. Fine Fellowship was created in recognition of Judge Fine’s ’57 distinguished career in public service and is made possible by memorial gifts from family, friends, and colleagues. The Fellowship awards $1000 annually to a woman in the third year class of Harvard Law School who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership and commitment to pursuing public service work directly upon graduation for any or all of the following causes: protection of women’s reproductive rights; civil or criminal legal assistance to the poor; and eradication of discrimination against women, minorities, or other groups which have historically suffered mistreatment in the United States. Among the jobs not eligible for support are judicial clerkships, academic appointments, and positions in private public interest law firms.
The Seaman-Plancher Fellowship
The Redstone Fellowship in Public Service was established through a generous gift from Sumner M. Redstone ’47. Redstone, a leading media entrepreneur and philanthropist, sought to support recent Harvard Law School graduates who are committed to meaningful public service work and making a difference in the lives of others.
The Dennis ’83, Susan, William ’08, and Thomas ’12 Langer Public Service Fellowship was established by a generous gift from the Langer family. The fellowship is awarded to accomplished Harvard Law School students and supports recipients for one year of post-graduate public service work.