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Public Service Venture Fund

Creating more opportunities for careers in public service by investing in entrepreneurial lawyers with a passion for social and economic justice.

Detail of Langdell Hall in autumn

The Mission

Inspired by Harvard Law School alumni who have used their degrees and experience to pursue innovative methods of social change, the Public Service Venture Fund (PSVF) will award up to $1.1 million in grants every year to Harvard Law graduates pursuing careers in public service.

The Opportunity

The PSVF awards two types of grants: Organization-Based Fellowships for postgraduate work at a nonprofit or government agency and Seed Grants for start-up nonprofit ventures that serve the public.

Organization-Based (Org-Based) Fellowships are fully-funded fellowships intended to help launch students’ public interest careers at the public service organization of their choice, that otherwise is not hiring at the entry-level.

The Impact

  • Organization-Based Fellows 270
  • Seed Grant Organizations Founded 20
  • Total Awards 13.6 M

Public Service Venture Fund Fellows have served public interest organizations across the United States and throughout the world.

“The Public Service Venture Fund is simply admirable and inspiring. Harvard Law School sets the national standard for public interest advising and support, and this new approach will enable more graduating students to do more kinds of critically important public service work than ever before.”

Susan Butler Plum, Skadden Foundation