Chinese Law Prof Blog

Editor: Donald C. Clarke
George Washington University Law School

Monday, March 2, 2009

Public interest law fellowships available for Chinese candidates

Here's a synopsis of what it's all about, quoting from the announcement I received (the complete announcement is here). Application deadline is March 31, 2009.

The Public Interest Law Institute (PILI) is pleased to invite applications for its Public Interest Law Fellows Program for 2009–2010. PILI will select lawyers from China and Nepal for ten months of study and practical experience in New York and Budapest, Hungary.  The program targets future leaders in various fields of public interest advocacy.  Criteria for selection include:

•    Applicants must have a minimum of two years of relevant work experience with the nominating organization;
•    Potential to contribute to the development of public interest law advocacy in his or her country;
•    Track record of the nominating organization in promoting public interest advocacy; and
•    The quality of the Fellowship Project proposal and its potential for promoting public interest law and human rights.

PILI Fellows will join other public interest lawyers from around the world. They will reside a total of eight months in the U.S., consisting of one semester of study at Columbia University and additional public interest advocacy training. The Fellows also participate in a three-month internship in a New York area public interest law organization. Following their experience in New York, Fellows participate in a two-month study visit, based in Europe out of PILI’s Budapest office.  Fellows return to their home countries after the Fellowship, with the aim to implement the project developed during the Fellowship. 

PILI will cover the cost of a round-trip coach airfare to the U.S. and Budapest, housing in New York and Budapest, a monthly stipend, a textbook allowance and accident insurance. Selected candidates for the fellowship are required to sign an agreement to the terms of the fellowship, stating that they will complete it in full.

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