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The Justice Catalyst activates path-breaking approaches to social justice lawyering and affirmative litigation that have real-world impact and improve the lives of the low-wage workers, the poor, and the marginalized. Towards this end, the Catalyst also launches and supports early-stage projects with existing public interest organizations or public agencies that employ or wish to adopt innovative approaches or legal strategies to address social problems through:

•  Administering a fellowship program;

• Partnering with existing public interest organizations;

• Organizing convenings;

• Preparing educational material; and,

• Supporting socially responsible approaches to lawyering.

Apply for a Fellowship: Prospectus

In order to foster innovative ideas, the application has multiple stages, detailed here. Please submit your resume and prospectus below, and we will be in touch soon to discuss fellowship opportunities.

Not sure where to begin? View some sample project ideas for guidance. Fellowship inquiries are reviewed as they are submitted.

  • Please upload your professional resume as a PDF file.
    Accepted file types: pdf.
  • Please describe the problem you hope to address during your fellowship and your idea or ideas for addressing that problem. Consider the following items, but none are required. Include whatever you think will help us understand the project and the need it addresses.

    • - Statement of the problem, including some citations (including to newspaper/magazine articles or reports) for our benefit
    • - Your approach to addressing the problem
    • - Why your approach isn’t currently being tried or funded, and the closest existing models or analogues
    • - Anything else you would like us to know about your relevant skills, experience, or connection to the problem

    Please include a list of people—lawyers and nonlawyers—that you have contacted or would like to speak with as part of developing your project, in addition to potential host organizations.

  • Feel free to suggest additional project ideas, outlined in a sentence or two each (submitting more ideas can only help you!). We welcome the opportunity to work with you to turn an initial idea into a detailed plan of action.

  • If you have additional materials to share in support of your application, please submit them here as a single PDF file.
    Accepted file types: pdf.
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Apply for a Fellowship: Full Fellowship Application

In order to foster innovative ideas, the application has multiple stages, detailed here. Not sure where to begin? View some sample project ideas for guidance. Fellowship inquiries are reviewed as they are submitted.

Final Application

  • Please enter your project description here. You may also upload it as a pdf in the additional materials section.
  • Please upload your host commitment letter as a PDF file, unless you have discussed a different arrangment with the Catalyst.
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    Accepted file types: pdf.
  • Please upload your professional resume as a PDF file.
    Accepted file types: pdf.
  • Did you submit a prospectus (no need to re-upload it if so)?
  • If you have additional materials to share in support of your application, please submit them here as a single PDF file.
    Accepted file types: pdf.
  • If you submitted a prospectus, please, re-attach it here.
    Accepted file types: pdf.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Letters of Recommendation

If you have been asked to submit a letter of recommendation on behalf of an applicant for a Justice Catalyst Fellowship, please upload it here.

Letters of Recommendation

  • Please upload your letter of recommendation here. Thank you for taking the time to recommend an applicant for a Justice Catalyst Fellowship. If you have any questions, please contact fellowships@justicecatalyst.org