Some post-graduate fellowships are sponsored by foundations such as Equal Justice Works, the Skadden Fellowship Foundation, or theSoros Justice Advocacy Fellowship Foundation. Applicants choose the non-profit organization that they wish to work with, and develop a project proposal to be submitted to the foundation for funding consideration.
Post-graduate fellowships can also be sponsored by employers who obtain funding for the fellowship in advance. Employer-sponsored fellowships are 1-2 year positions within the organization, typically with a predetermined job description.
Graduating students also have the option of government fellowships:
Presidential Management Fellows Program
The Presidential Management Fellows Program is a competitive two-year program that offers graduates the opportunity to work for the federal agency of their choice and convert to a permanent employee upon completion of the program without competing in the general applicant pool. Interested students must be nominated by Duke Law School. Additional information about the PMF Program will be available early in the Fall Semester.
White House Fellows Program
The White House Fellows program is America's most prestigious program for leadership and public service. White House Fellows typically spend a year working as full-time, paid special assistants to senior White House Staff, the Vice President, Cabinet Secretaries and other top-ranking government officials. Fellows also participate in an education program consisting of roundtable discussions with renowned leaders from the private and public sectors, and trips to study U.S. policy in action both domestically and internationally.
Government fellowships are awarded on a strictly non-partisan basis.
Stella Boswell and Associate Dean Kim Bart are available to help students prepare fellowship applications. Our offices host programs throughout the year for all students interested in postgraduate fellowships. Additionally, we maintain a listserv for new fellowship announcements and general discussion about fellowship applications. To join this listserv, please send an email to Stella Boswell.
Fellowship announcements are also regularly posted by employers on Symplicity. To access these announcements, click on "Jobs/Resume Collect" and select "Fellowship" from the Position Type drop-down box.