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Fellowships: Overview of Certain Fellowships

Equal Justice Works

Equal Justice Works offers an innovative fellowship project that implements legal advocacy on behalf of individuals, groups, or issues that are not adequately represented by some aspect of the legal system.

These two-year fellowships provide salary and loan repayment assistance, a national training program, and other forms of support and assistance to public interest lawyers who, working in conjunction with host nonprofit organizations, launch projects that serve low-income and other needy communities.

As the nation's largest postgraduate, public service, legal fellowship program, Equal Justice Works has put scores of lawyers to work on some of the nation's greatest challenges, such as homelessness, access to health care, consumer rights, domestic violence, community development, discrimination in housing and employment, workers' rights, and children's health and welfare issues.

Equal Justice Works' LRAP is provided as a one-year loan during each year of the fellowship. If the fellow remains in good standing, the loan is forgiven at the end of each year. Each loan is disbursed in quarterly installments in advance of when the fellow's payments are due. [Source: Equal Justice Works]

Skadden Fellowship Foundation

The aim of the foundation is to give Fellows the freedom to pursue their interests in public interest work. Therefore, the Fellows create their own projects before they apply. Fellowships are awarded for one year, with the expectation of renewal for a second year.

Skadden provides each Fellow with a salary and pays all fringe benefits to which an employee of the sponsoring organization would be entitled. For those Fellows not covered by a law school income protection plan, the firm will pay a Fellow's law school debt service for the duration of the fellowship. [Source: Skadden]

Echoing Green Fellowship

This Fellowship includes a two-year stipend, health care benefits, on-line connectivity, access to a network of social entrepreneurs, training and technical assistance. The stipend serves as seed money to start a new public service organization or an independent project.

The proposed project can be domestic or international. The field of interest is not limited and the fellowship can support projects in all public service areas including, but not limited to, the environment, arts, education, health, youth service and development, civil and human rights, and community and economic development.

Individuals who apply as partners (no more than two people) can apply for two Fellowships. Both partners receive all benefits of an Echoing Green Fellow. Fellows are expected to make a full-time commitment to their projects. Fellows must be willing to participate in the Echoing Green network. [Source: Echoing Green]

Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowship

The Open Society Institute's Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowship is designed to support individuals in their initiating of innovative projects designed to promote fair and equal treatment within the criminal justice system.

The Fellowships support two-year projects implemented in conjunction with large or small non-profit organizations or government agencies whose mission is related to criminal justice. Fellowship applicants develop original proposals to be hosted by a partner organization.

Fellows receive a stipend each year, plus a sum annually for professional development, health insurance, and loan repayment, and relocation funds (if necessary). [Source: Open Society Institute This web site also has a nice list of other sources of funding through the Open Society Institute]