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Schell Center’s Kirby Simon Summer Fellowships 2020 for Students at Yale University (Funding Available)

Deadline: March 13, 2020

Applications are open for the Schell Center’s Kirby Simon Summer Fellowships 2020. The Fellowships, supported by a generous grant from the Robina Foundation, provide funding for Yale students to undertake at least six weeks of human rights work during the summer.

They honor Kirby Simon, the son of Professor John Simon, who was a foreign service officer and died in 1995 while serving in Taiwan. In recent years, as many as 20 percent of all first-year law students have received summer funding from the Schell Center for international human rights work. Kirby Simon Fellows have worked on a wide variety of issues at non-governmental organizations, international organizations and agencies, and international and foreign courts throughout the world.


  • The fellowship helps pay for living and travel expenses throughout the summer. Any Yale student can apply for this fellowship, but only law students are eligible for living costs to be covered.


  • Law students and undergraduate students in the Multidisciplinary Academic Program in Human Rights are both eligible for Kirby Simon Fellowships
  • Applications from non-graduating Yale Law School students receive priority.


Click here to download the Kirby Simon application. Applications must be submitted via Google Form. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but must be submitted by March 13, 2020.

Before applying, students must meet with Jim Silk or Hope Metcalf. Please use the office hours application on the Inside Page to schedule appointments.

For more information, visit Kirby Simon Fellowship.

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