FAQ - PILnet’s Residential Fellowship

06 April 2017

In 2017, PILnet redesigned its Fellowship Program to offer a unique experiential learning opportunity for young public interest lawyers to work alongside PILnet staff. Here are answers to frequently asked questions: 

1. Is the fellowship paid?

Yes. Every year, PILnet will grant a limited number of paid fellowships, which includes a stipend and health insurance coverage totaling USD $50,000. We encourage candidates with separate sources of funding to apply. If an applicant has their own funding, they should indicate that in their application.

2. Is the fellow responsible for securing their own visa?

Yes. Fellows are required to have or be able to obtain a work visa for the duration of the fellowship. PILnet will provide supportive documentation as needed.

3. Does PILnet accept applications from all parts of the world?

Yes. Candidates from all geographic regions are eligible. Particular attention will be given to candidates from regions where PILnet has offices and/or programs.

4. When does the fellowship start/end?

The fellowship is scheduled to begin June 2017 and runs for up to one year.

5. Who is eligible to apply?

The ideal candidates are students currently completing a relevant degree in public interest law or those who have completed such a degree within the last five years.

6. How does the redesigned program differ from the previous PILnet fellowship?

The program differs significantly from the previous PILnet fellowship in the following ways:

The redesigned fellowship targets students currently completing a relevant degree in public interest law and those who have completed such a degree within the last five years, as opposed to mid-career lawyers. Candidates no longer need to be nominated by an NGO to apply.

The fellowship will be based in-house at PILnet’s NYC offices, rather than at a university campus. It will include experiential learning in developing transactional lawyering approaches to public interest matters, complemented by workshops and classroom-style training carried out by leading legal academics and practitioners.

Rather than focusing on conventional human rights advocacy, the fellowship offers a unique experience to re-envision the very way that effective public interest lawyering can be done in our globalized world, especially focusing on using commercial lawyering tools for the public interest.

7. Will the program provide housing for the fellowship duration?

Fellows will be responsible for their own living arrangements.

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