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 funding amount, 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:
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.
Harvard Club of New York Summer Fellowships: For any 1L or 2L interning at organizations focused on environmental law, poverty law, or child advocacy; or at the NAACP; and located in New York state.
Other Fellowships and Internships
There are many fellowships and internships available to supplement SPIF. 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 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 $9,500 SPIF Funding Cap.
Fellowships Administered Outside of SPIF:
Boston College Rappaport Fellows Program in Law and Public Policy, Deadline January 18, 2024
Harvard Presidential Public Service Fellowship, Deadline January 19, 2024
Massachusetts Bar Foundation – Legal Intern Fellowship Program, Deadline March 8, 2024
T.A. Barron Fellowships for Summer Work in Public Interest Environmental Law, Deadline March 29, 2024
Williams Institute Summer Law Fellowships, Deadline TBD
Robert Masur Fellowship in Civil Liberties, Deadline TBD
Ms. JD Public Interest Scholarship, 2024 Waitlist Open Now
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.
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 funding and is a good way to increase your summer income.