Scholarships & Summer Funding

Shapiro Public Service Fellowships - Summer 2023 

Professor Jonathan Turley is accepting applications for Shapiro Public Interest Fellows for the summer of 2023, and has extended the deadline for students to apply for grants until May 22, 2023. The grants will be for $12,000 to work under the supervision of Professor Turley on litigation projects or such projects with outside organizations.

The positions must be for:
▪ a minimum of 10 and a preference for 12 weeks in the summer
▪ litigation or the preparation of litigation in the public interest on the trial or appellate levels
▪ include a written offer from the project or organization describing the nature of the organization
▪ a general description of the tasks to be performed by the student. If this work is being done outside of the law school, the project or organization must allow the student to share with Professor Turley benchmarks or progress reports on the work being performed

Students applying with Professor Turley should note if they have also applied with Dean Morrison. Students should send a cover letter explaining their proposed work, their resume, and most recent transcripts to Professor Jonathan Turley ([email protected]) and his assistant Seth Tate ([email protected]). All submissions should be sent no later than May 22, 2023.

Summer 2023 Application

Summer Funding Overview

The Law School distributes grants to students working in public interest positions over the summer. Separately, the student group Equal Justice Foundation makes grants. GW students may also apply for funding through the KACIF program and other grant/subsidy programs. 

The Career Center hosted a Summer Funding Info Session on February 9, 2023. If you were not able to attend, we encourage you to view the recording.

2023 Public Interest Grant Program Application

Equal Justice Foundation (EJF)

This student-run organization raises money and awards stipends to students working in unpaid public interest internships. To be eligible for a stipend, students must volunteer at least 15 hours with EJF. Email [email protected] for more information about volunteer opportunities.

Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund (KACIF)

This highly competitive program provides grants ranging from $750 to $3,000 to GW undergraduate and graduate students pursuing internships that are necessarily unpaid. Necessarily unpaid internships are typically those with non-profit, governmental, educational and non-governmental organizations that genuinely lack the financial resources to pay salaries or wages to their interns. In order to maximize the number of students who receive funding, grants for internships in the District of Columbia and other U.S. domestic locations typically range from $750 to $1,500, while grants for international internships typically range from $2,000 to $3,000. KACIF also awards travel grants of up to $300 to cover the costs of using public transportation to and from an unpaid internship.

Spring Application Period

  • Applications open on November 1 and close on November 15
  • Application decisions will be sent via email the third week of December

Summer Application Period

  • Applications open on April 1 and close on April 30
  • Application decisions will be sent via email the third week of May

Fall Application Period

  • Applications open on July 15 and close on August 1
  • Application decisions will be sent via email the third week of August

KACIF Information and Application

Additional Scholarship Opportunities

All additional scholarship opportunities are posted in the Job Listings section of CORE. These include scholarships sponsored by law firms, bar associations, professional organizations, and more. To view current scholarship opportunities, go to the "Job Listings" section of CORE, and change the "Type of Job" filter to "Scholarship."

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