The Leitner Center is currently accepting applications for the 2017-2018 Tolan Fellowship. The Fellowship will support one or more graduating Fordham Law School students who design an international human rights program in coordination with a host organization. The Fellowship is awarded to individuals with a demonstrated commitment to pursuing a career in international human rights law and will enable them to gain practical work experience, while providing a modest salary for one year. The Fellowship is named in honor of James E. Tolan ’62, a long-time supporter of the human rights program at Fordham Law School.
Graduating Class of 2017 J.D. students from Fordham Law School are eligible for the Tolan Fellowship. Note that the Selection Committee is not required to award any fellowships in the absence of sufficiently qualified applicants.
The Tolan Fellowship provides a one-year stipend of $40,000. Fellows must make a commitment to work at their sponsoring organization full time for one full calendar year. Fordham University will send fellowship funding to the sponsoring organization and the sponsoring organization will pay the fellow according to their own employee pay schedule. Fellows are not considered employees of Fordham Law School or Fordham University. Fordham Law School cannot pay for health insurance or other benefits. It is possible that arrangements may be made to receive health insurance and other benefits through the sponsoring organization, but the ability of the sponsoring organization to provide these will vary from organization to organization.
Application Requirements and Instructions
Applicants are invited to design projects that draw on their legal education and experience at Fordham Law School and engage timely issues in countries where their efforts are most needed and where there are insufficient resources for human rights protection. Fellowship proposals based anywhere in the world will be considered. Fellowships based outside of the United States will be the most competitive.
Applicants should submit the materials below in a single, complete pdf application packet to LeitnerCenter@law.fordham.edu. The application deadline is Monday, June 5 at 5pm EDT. However, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and applicants are invited to submit applications as soon as possible.
Applicants are encouraged to develop their projects in coordination with an appropriate sponsoring organization. Projects may address human rights, development, and justice issues across the globe. Project proposals should be as detailed as possible. Applicants are strongly encourage to work closely with Leitner Center staff to plan their proposals, including host organization arrangements. Again, inquiries can be sent to Program Associate Christine ElDabh at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application packages must include:
The Tolan Fellowship Selection Committee will consider the applicant’s relevant human rights experience and academic performance, the value and potential impact of the proposed project, the capacity of the proposed organization to host the applicant and the relevance of the project for the career plans of the applicant.
The Selection Committee is not required to award any fellowships in the absence of sufficiently qualified applicants.
Interviews may be required for finalists.