Supplemental funding is a way to increase your summer income as much as possible; we strongly suggest all interested students apply for both SPIF and supplemental funding sources in order to maximize their summer earnings potential. Any supplemental funding you receive from your SPIF employer, including wages, stipends, housing, transportation, etc., and any fellowships you receive for your SPIF position will count towards the SPIF Funding Cap. However, funds you receive for your non-SPIF position have no effect on your SPIF award but must be reported to the Student Financial Services Office if you are receiving financial aid in your Summer Update form.
There are several sources of Supplemental Funding:
HLS Affiliated Supplemental Funding Sources
These funding sources are specific to HLS students. A brief synopsis of each fellowship is listed below, further details and deadlines may be found on the HLS Affiliated Supplemental Summer Funding Sources page.
Fellowships Administered by SPIF:
*The 2021 application period will open in late February
Lani Guinier Summer Fellowship: For those who will engage in advocacy and policy work for an organization advancing social justice and democracy.
Justice John Paul Stevens Fellowship: All SPIF eligible employment will be considered
L. Anthony Sutin Public Service Fellowship: All SPIF eligible employment will be considered. Preference will be given to applicants who obtain summer employment in the Appalachian region or in other areas in the United States that have typically been underrepresented.
James Vorenberg Equal Justice Summer Fellowship: For those who will pursue a summer internship in the fields of civil rights and criminal justice
Non-HLS Fellowships and Internships
There are many fellowships and internships available to supplement SPIF awards. One good place to start your research is PSJD – an online resource for law students.
Additionally, we occasionally receive notifications regarding fellowships for summer public interest work. When possible, information regarding these fellowships will be emailed to SPIF applicants and listed on this page.
Please note, recipients of Blackstone Fellowships are not eligible for SPIF. This is because the combined value of the Blackstone scholarship as well as the the airfare, lodging, and meals provided exceeds the $9000 SPIF Funding Cap.
Fellowships Administered outside of SPIF:
Massachusetts Bar Foundation – 2021 Legal Intern Fellowship Program, Deadline March 12, 2021
Harvard Club of New York Foundation Child Advocacy Summer Fellowship, Deadline February 19, 2021
T.A. Barron Fellowships for Summer Work in Public Interest Environmental Law, Deadline March 13, 2020
Harvard Law School Association of Greater Philadelphia, Deadline April 17, 2020
Stipend or Pay from an Employer
While an employer may not be able to offer a full salary for the summer, they may be able to offer a stipend or a partial salary. Don’t be afraid to ask your employer if they can pay you for your work.
There are 16 weeks between the last day of exams and the first day of classes, getting a second, non-SPIF eligible job during that time period will not affect your SPIF award and is a good way to increase your summer income.