Kirby Simon Summer Fellowships
The Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights provides Kirby Simon Fellowships to enable students to spend all or part of the summer doing international human rights work abroad or in the United States. The Fellowship allows Yale students with an interest in human rights to gain practical experience in the field, undertake independent research on human rights topics, or have an intensive learning experience on a human rights issue of interest to them. At the same time, Summer Fellows contribute – through advocacy or scholarship – to the work and development of the international human rights movement.
Summer Fellows must work at least six weeks for an organization or on an independent project dedicated to promoting human rights. Students may split the summer, but Summer Fellowships will, with few exceptions, cover travel to one work location only.
Summer Fellows participate in an orientation in the spring before their fellowship begins. After completion of their summer, Fellows submit a written report and attend a gathering to share their experiences with each other.
Returned Summer Fellows also participate in a number of events that allow them to discuss with the Yale community the issues raised by and the insights gained from their fellowship experiences.
All Yale students are eligible to apply for a Kirby Simon Summer Fellowship.
• First- and second-year law students and undergraduates in the Multidisciplinary Academic Program for Human Rights (MAPHR) are eligible for funding to cover both living and travel expenses. This single application to the Schell Center covers both sources.
• Law students who wish to receive both the travel grant and living expenses must submit Part I of the SPIF application (confirming SPIF eligibility) but DO NOT need to submit Part II of the SPIF application. The Kirby Simon application replaces SPIF Part II. The Financial Aid Office will provide information about SPIF during the fall semester.
• Please note that law students may receive no more than a total of 12 weeks’ summer living support from all law school sources. You may split the summer between human rights work and domestic public interest work, and you may participate in the South American Linkage program, but you will be able to receive only 12 weeks of support in total for theseactivities.
• Law students receiving Kirby Simon Fellowships may earn a maximum of $7,750 from all summer activities. This total includes all sources of funding for the proposed internship or project and any income earned or funding awarded for other internships or jobs.
• Graduating law students may be eligible for the travel grants but are not eligible forthe living stipend.
• Non-law students who are not part of MAPHR are eligible for funding to cover travel expenses only.
• First- and second-year law students who have not previously received Summer Fellowships have priority in funding decisions.
• Students not eligible for SPIF may be eligible for the travel grant.
Applications for summer 2020 are accepted on a rolling basis until Friday, March 13, 2020. You are encouraged to submit your application as soon as you are able. Students may amend their applications after the final deadline but should keep in mind that funding will likely be delayed as a result.
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