The Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program (WLPPFP) offers Fellowships for public interest lawyers from the United States who are committed to advancing women’s rights throughout their careers.
Throughout the Fellowship year, participants gain invaluable experience by working on women’s issues in Washington, D.C. with a public interest organization or governmental agency and by participating in educational and professional development opportunities organized by WLPPFP.
The Program periodically offers specially designated Fellowships, such as the Rita Charmatz Davidson Fellowship addressing the rights of low-income women; the Harriet B. Burg Fellowship addressing the rights of women with disabilities; Ford Foundation Fellowships focusing on issues concerning women and HIV/AIDS; etc.
Applicants must either be a law school graduate or in their final year of law school, and must show a demonstrated commitment to advancing women’s rights throughout their careers.
Applications must be postmarked by the deadline, and early applications are encouraged. Fellowship selection will be conducted throughout the spring and summer.
Citizens of ANY country (who are public interest lawyers in the USA)
Georgetown University Law Center; USA
Fields of study
All Fellowships provide an incomparable opportunity to work with leaders in the women’s legal community, to gain tremendous experience promoting women’s rights, and to sharpen leadership and advocacy skills through in-depth training sessions provided by the Program.
Applicants should indicate whether or not they wish to be considered for Fellowships focusing on specific issues.
Number of awards
Depending on the availability of funds, approximately six applicants will be awarded Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowships.
We typically receive over 100 applications for about six Fellowships. The number of Fellowships available is determined annually based on program funding.
All but two of the Fellowships are one-year positions, commencing at the beginning of September and running through the end of August the following year.
Please see the official website via link below for complete information on the 2 year programs.
The fellowship carry a stipend of about $41,000. The placement organizations employ the Fellows and provide standard fringe benefits.
Regardless of placement organization, all of the Fellows participate in numerous Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program events throughout the Fellowship year, such as an orientation, bi-weekly seminars, skills-building trainings, and other activities organized by the Program.
The Fellows also have an opportunity to audit courses related to women’s rights at the Georgetown University Law Center and to attend other events at the law school.
Method of Application
The application for the 2017-2018 Fellowship Year is available via the official website (link to it is below). Please submit the WLPPFP Application form(.docx) and other supplemental information (including appropriate essay questions, Current resume, Two letters of recommendation, and Official law school transcript.) to apply for the WLPPFP Fellowship. The essay would depend on whether you are applying for the Non-Clinical Fellowship Placements or the DV Clinical Teaching Fellowship.
Applicants for the Non-Clinical Fellowship placements should submit their applications, including Essays 1 and 2, to email@example.com. Applicants for the DV Clinical Teaching Fellowship should submit their applications, including Essays 1 and 3 to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you wish to be considered for both the Non-Clinical Fellowship Placements and DV Clinical Teaching Fellowship, submit your application, including only the essays appropriate to each fellowship, to both of the respective email addresses above.
It is important to review the Application FAQs, and also visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on how to apply for this fellowship.
Applications must be postmarked by the deadline, and early applications are encouraged. Non-clinical placement applications are due on October 14th. The deadline for the DV Clinical Teaching Fellowship application is November 4th.
The Fellowships are determined each year based upon several factors, including the interests of the top Fellowship candidates, the potential placement organizations and the donors supporting the Fellowships.
The Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program (WLPPFP) at the Georgetown University Law Center offers Fellowship positions providing educational and professional development opportunities for attorneys who are dedicated to using their legal talents to advance women’s rights. WLPPFP offers 12 month Fellowships for public interest lawyers from the United States who are committed to advancing women’s rights throughout their careers.
Although each Fellowship experience is unique, all of our Fellows work full-time advancing women’s rights at a D.C. based organization, learn together about substantive women’s rights issues, explore a multitude of career paths through which they can advocate for women’s equality, and develop their legal skills through seminars, trainings, networking events and other activities organized by WLPPFP.
Application Deadline: 14 October / 4 November 2016
Open for International Students: No