Scholarships & Summer Funding

Law School Summer Grant Program

The law school awards public interest grants to students who work during the summer for a broad range of public sector legal employers, including non-profit organizations and governmental entities (but not including judicial internships). For the summer of 2021, the law school will award a total of $281,000, in 73 grants ranging from $3,000 - $5,000. In general, awards are made based upon the type of work the student will be doing, the employer, the student’s commitment to public interest, and student GPA, among other factors. The specific student and employer eligibility criteria for the awards are set forth in the application materials. The application deadline for summer 2021 subsidies has been extended to Monday, April 5, 2021, at 5pm. 

Additional Opportunities

WBA Foundation Founders Fellowship
Deadline: Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 5:00pm EST

The Women’s Bar Association Foundation of the District of Columbia has chosen the George Washington University Law School to nominate a student who has obtained a position with a non-profit organization serving the legal and related needs of women and girls in the DC Metropolitan area to receive a $7500 stipend for this coming summer.  Interested students must obtain a full-time position for 10 weeks with a non-profit organization in the DC Metropolitan area that serves the legal and related needs of women and girls. 

Rudge Creative Solutions Prize
Deadline: Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 5:00pm EST

Through the generosity of Howard J. Rudge, a member of the George Washington University Law School Class of 1964 and a retired Senior Vice President of DuPont Corporation, the Law School will award a cash prize of $10,000 to a JD or LLM student at GW for the best paper proposing a creative solution to a serious societal problem in the United States. There will also be a second place award of $5,000 and two additional awards of $2,500.

The paper should not be a standard law review treatment of a case or area of law. Rather, students should focus on a particular problem, for which conventional solutions do not seem to be working, and propose an alternative that is effective, reasonable in cost, and politically possible. The problem could be national, state, or local, and the idea could be implemented by any of the three branches of government, or by the private (including non-profit) sector. It could address a major issue – eliminating the federal deficit or changing the way that we treat the final stages of life – or it could focus on a smaller scale problem, such as assuring minimal standards for public charter schools while allowing them to maintain the ability to innovate. Any subject is fair game, and no solution is ruled out, as long as it is innovative. If there was ever a project that looked for solutions “outside the box,” this is it.


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 4, 2021. If you were not able to attend, we encourage you to view the recording. 

2021 Summer Funding Info Session: Watch the Recording

2021 Summer Funding Sources Overview

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 18 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 willl 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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