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Global Fellowship ProgramFAQ

UHLC is proud to announce the Global Fellowship Program, to assist students pursuing international placements during the summer with government and nonprofit agencies. Our goal is to allow students to broaden their experience, build their skill set, and pursue careers not only outside of the Houston area, but across the globe. In 2016, the Law Center was able to finance 8 global fellowships.

Students are responsible for choosing the agency, arranging their placement, and submitting all required applications and forms by Wednesday, April 12, 2017. Please read through the FAQ below for eligibility requirements and detailed application instructions.

What is the purpose of the fellowship?

Who is eligible for the fellowship?

What are the terms of the fellowship? 


How do I apply for the fellowship?

What criteria are considered for selection of fellows?

What placements qualify for this fellowship?

What happens after I apply for the fellowship? 

When do I know whether I have been selected for a fellowship?

What do I do about my placement if not selected for a fellowship?

If selected, when do I get the money?

What is the purpose of the fellowship?

To allow students to gain work experience and build connections in the international legal community, with the ultimate goal of building a career on a global scale.

Who is eligible for the fellowship?

1Ls, 2Ls, and part-time 3Ls in good academic standing. LLM students are also eligible to apply, however, preference will be given to JD students.

What are the terms of the fellowship?

Students must have secured a full-time summer placement with a government agency or nonprofit organization outside of the United States.

Students who are seeking fellowship funding only are eligible to receive a full $4,000 award. Students who will be seeking academic credit through the Externship Program and a travel stipend through the Global Fellowship Program will be awarded an amount in accordance with their need and actual expenses incurred over the summer, with a maximum award of $4,000.

How do I apply for the fellowship?

Students must first secure their summer placement with an international public interest organization or a government agency. Then, by Wednesday, April 12, 2017, students must submit the following application materials: Applications should be emailed to Bill Powers at wapowers@central.uh.edu   

What criteria are considered for selection of fellows?

  • Your previous experience and future goals related to practicing international law. It is understood that many law students develop an attraction to and understanding of international law during law school. A lack of previous international experience should not deter a student from submitting an application.  
  • Your placement. How will the experience with your chosen placement help you achieve your career goals? 
  • The overall professionalism displayed in your application.

What placements qualify for this fellowship?

Students working with legal departments of any international government agency or non-profit organization are eligible to apply. Please note that students working with organizations that have partnered with the UHLC Institutes will be given preference (i.e. Placements through the UHLC Center for US & Mexican Law and EENR). Fellowship work must be of a substantive legal nature and must be supervised by a licensed attorney. 

For students pursuing non-traditional or alternative legal placements, eligibility to apply for a fellowship will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please email Bill Powers at wapowers@central.uh.edu with questions.

What happens after I apply for a fellowship?

The applications are reviewed by an internal committee comprised of anonymous UHLC faculty and staff members. They will make the final award determinations based on the criteria outlined above.

When do I know whether I have been selected for a fellowship?

Recipients will be notified in late April.

What do I do about my placement if not selected for a fellowship?

UHLC highly recommends keeping all commitments made to an organization. If, however, it is impossible to fulfill a work commitment without receipt of fellowship funding, we ask you to clearly explain the contingent nature of your application to the organization.  

If selected, when do I get the money?

Payment is generally released the first week of June.