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Deadline: October 11, 2019, 5 pm

Eligibility: 3Ls and Alumni, with a preference for recent alumni

Number of fellowships awarded: up to three per year

The PSVF Seed Grant is designed to enable HLS 3Ls or alumni, who otherwise would have difficulty in attracting funding, to start a nonprofit to address unmet needs.

Because experienced alumni are more likely to be able to attract their own funding, especially if they have worked in lucrative practice settings, we preference alumni at the early stage of their careers. But there is no cut-off; all alumni are eligible to apply.

To be eligible for the PSVF Seed Grant, an application must meet the following criteria:

  • The proposed project must be in an early stage and must not already have attracted substantial funding.
  • The project must be innovative; it must not duplicate existing effective services in its jurisdiction. The project need not be the only one of its kind in the world, but it must be creating new services for its location.
  • The project must be sustainable; it must be able to attract further funding or be able to generate its own funds.
  • The project must further social justice.
  • Projects are not required to be law-related, and they may be based anywhere in the world.

Learn more about application requirements and how to apply.

Seed Grant organizations must be or become (501)(c)(3)s, or the equivalent, during the two years they are funded by the PSVF, but may convert to another form once no longer receiving HLS funding.

Select applicants will be invited to a first-round interview in November. A subset of those with first round interviews will be offered final round interviews in early February. Applicants who are selected for final round interviews will be given feedback and a chance to revise their written materials in the interim. Final selections will be made in February.

Individual Seed Grant awardees will receive $80,000, of which $45,000 is allocated to salary and benefits and the remainder to overhead. For Seed Grant awardees applying in teams of two, the joint proposal will be eligible for $125,000, covering two $45,000 salaries for the Harvard students/graduates and shared overhead funding.

Most PSVF Seed grants are presumptively renewable, provided that the recipients meet certain agreed-upon benchmarks their first year.

Learn more about eligibility, the selection process, the timeline, and funding.

General questions can be directed to Tasha Griffiths. Make an appointment with Judy Murciano to get assistance with application preparation.