New Global Public Interest Fellowship Program

June 20, 2016

Beginning in the summer of 2017, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law will offer a Global Public Interest Fellowship Program. The program will fund up to six JD students to work abroad during the summer for an approved governmental or nongovernmental organization active on legal issues. Potential employers include international human rights organizations, international financial institutions such as The World Bank or the International Monetary Fund, hybrid criminal tribunals, foreign courts, national entities, and others such as UNICEF. View the complete list of approved employers.

Global Public Interest Fellows will receive a $9,500 summer fellowship — equal to our recently announced summer public interest funding guarantee plus $1,500 to cover international travel. Fellows will be selected by a committee through a competitive application process. Students who secure an offer of employment with a qualifying organization may apply by completing an application and submitting their resume, a statement of interest, and proof of an employment offer by April 1. Professor Juliet Sorensen of the Bluhm Legal Clinic's Center for International Human Rights will oversee applications. Application materials and further instructions will be housed on the Public Interest area of our website. 

“This new program is possible because of the J.B. and M.K. Pritzker's gift, which includes substantial support for our public interest and financial aid-related endeavors, as well as the ongoing generosity of our alumni and friends,” said Dean Daniel B. Rodriguez.

“These fellowships bolster our unwavering commitment to public interest and further extends our international engagement and efforts to bring global opportunities to our students.”


Approved Employers

  • International Criminal Court (The Hague, Netherlands)
  • International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (The Hague, Netherlands)
  • International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (The Hague, Netherlands, and Arusha, Tanzania)
  • Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (The Hague, Netherlands, and Arusha, Tanzania)
  • Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (Phnom Penh, Cambodia)
  • Special Tribunal for Lebanon (The Hague, Netherlands)
  • War Crimes and Organized Crimes Chambers of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (Geneva, Switzerland)
  • Supreme Court of Israel (Jerusalem, Israel)
  • International Court of Justice (The Hague, Netherlands)
  • European Court of Human Rights (Strasbourg, France)
  • Inter-American Court of Human Rights (San Jose, Costa Rica)
  • Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (Washington, D.C.)
  • African Court on Human and People’s Rights (Arusha, Tanzania)
  • International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (Hamburg, Germany)
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (Geneva, Switzerland)
  • United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) (New York, NY)
  • High Commissioner on National Minorities, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) (The Hague, Netherlands)
  • Open Society Justice Initiative (New York, global offices)
  • American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (Washington, D.C.)
  • U.S. Department of State Legal Adviser’s Office (Washington, D.C.)
  • United Nations Global Compact (New York)
  • United Nations Office of Legal Affairs (New York)
  • Malawi Human Rights Commission (Malawi)
  • Paralegal Advisory Service Institute (Malawi)
  • Centre for Human Rights Education, Advice, and Assistance (CHREAA) (Blantyre, Malawi)
  • Human Rights Watch (New York, Washington, D.C., global offices)
  • The Governance & Justice Group (Monchique, Portugal; global projects)
  • International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (Washington, D.C.)
  • Center for Constitutional Rights (New York, NY)
  • The Center for Justice and Accountability (San Francisco, CA)
  • World Bank
  • International Monetary Fund