Scholarships & Summer Funding

Shapiro Public Service Fellowships - Fall 2021

George Washington University Law School, through the generosity of J. B. & Maurice Shapiro Trust, is providing up to $90,000 in tuition remission (up to $7500 per semester) for law students who work part time for public interest or public sector employers during the fall semester 2021. Applications are administered by the Public Interest Committee.

The Law School plans to award up to twelve Shapiro Fellowships to students who are in their third year of full-time law school course work in the fall of 2021. These awards are for students providing public interest legal services with government or nonprofit private employers located in the Washington metropolitan area. The Fellows must work 20 hours per week for 12 weeks or the equivalent. Unlike the summer Fellowships, students MAY NOT receive academic credit under the Field Placement Program for work done for these Fellowships. Recipients of Shapiro Public Service Fellowships are not allowed to receive any compensation from their employer nor other public interest subsidies from George Washington University, although they may receive merit or need-based scholarships from the Law School, as well as public interest subsidies from sources outside the University. The application deadline for fall 2021 fellowships is Thursday, August 12, 2021, at 5pm. 

Fall 2021 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 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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