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The process of applying for SPIF, receiving funding, and confirming eligibility for the funding is a multi-step process completed between January and September. Please check back later this fall for details and deadlines for the Summer of 2020.

To apply for SPIF funding, please follow the steps below. If you have any questions about the process please contact the SPIF Office directly.

Step 1:

Review the SPIF Orientation and complete the SPIF Registration Form. All students eligible for SPIF will receive an email notification when the SPIF Orientation and Registration Form become available. This will occur mid-January.

Step 2:

  • Secure a SPIF eligible position for the summer and apply for supplemental funding.
  • Start planning your summer budget! Use the SPIF Interactive Budget Tool to help you plan!

Step 3:

Notify the SPIF Office of your summer 2020 plan (the forms for this step will be available once you have completed the SPIF registration described in Step 1):

  • If you have secured a SPIF eligible placement and plan to participate in SPIF you must also:
    • Complete the Summer Public Interest Funding Application on the SPIF tab of the SFS Self-Service Portal. This Application, along with the Employer Response Form in Step 4 comprise a completed application and must be received by late March to ensure a disbursement of funding in early May.
    • Submit a SPIF Direct Deposit Authorization Form. Be sure to fill out the Authorization Form completely, then attach the voided check before placing it in the drop box outside of the Student Financial Services office (WCC 5027); please disregard the note to send the form to Payroll. Non-US Citizens who will be working internationally should skip this step.
  • If you no longer plan to participate in SPIF, please indicate on the SPIF application that you do not want to receive SPIF funding, which will remove you from our email list.

Step 4:

Have your employer complete the Employer Response Form so you can upload it to the Requirements page on the SPIF tab of the SFS Self-Service Portal.

This form, along with the SPIF Online Application Form in Step 3, comprise a completed application and must be received by late March to ensure a disbursement of funds in early May. Funding can only be requested once a month, so applications completed after March 31 will be disbursed as follows:

  • Application completed by May 1, awarded in mid-May, funding disbursed June 1
  • Application completed by June 1, awarded in mid-June, funding disbursed July 1
  • Application completed by July 5, awarded in mid-July, funding disbursed August 1

Step 5:

In early April, you will receive notification of your SPIF award and will be directed to review a Power Point presentation with further details regarding the requirements of the program. Additionally, at that point you will need to drop off a voided check and completed Direct Deposit Form at our office so we can attempt to have your award direct deposited (Note, for tax purposes we cannot have the awards of non-US residents who are working internationally direct deposited).

Step 6:

Stipend checks will be available or direct deposited in early May for those students who have completed the above steps by March 31, 2020. We are only able to request stipend checks ONCE A MONTH, so, while you will remain eligible for SPIF, there will be a delay in the disbursement of funding as outlined in Step 4 for those students who miss the March 31 deadline.

Step 7:

Throughout the summer students should keep careful records of their weekly hours. We have a created an Optional Weekly Time Log students can use to record their time throughout the summer. The Excel sheet is for your personal record keeping ONLY and will not be accepted in lieu of or as an attachment to the Supervisor Evaluation and Time Log due mid-September.

Step 8:

At the completion of your SPIF placement, you will need to do the following:

  • All SPIF recipients must complete a Site Evaluation in Helios regarding their summer placement. Access to the evaluation in Helios begins in July. To complete the form you will need to navigate to the Public Service Summary in Helios and click the “evaluate” link next to the Summer Intern position. If your placement organization appears incorrectly, please contact the Office of Public Interest Advising (OPIA) to fix it BEFORE filling out your evaluation at opia@law.harvard.edu or 617-495-3108.
  • All SPIF recipients must submit a Supervisor Evaluation and Time Log signed by their employer, verifying the number of hours they worked. These forms will be due mid-September, 2020 and will be made available mid-summer.
  • If the above forms are not submitted by mid-September your student account will be charged the entire amount of your SPIF award; this charge will be removed once the documents are received. However, we will close the entire SPIF process mid-October, after which we will no longer reverse any charges. Additionally, the last day SPIF 2020 awards will be created is also mid-October.

For your convenience, we have worked with the HLS Pro Bono program to ensure all the information they need to process your HLS Pro Bono credit is included on the SPIF forms.  Therefore, all paperwork should be submitted to the SPIF Office and we will forward copies to the HLS Clinical and Pro Bono Office; there is no need for you to submit duplicate paperwork to the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs.  HLS Pro Bono credit and hours will be processed in early fall.