2018 Joan Fitzpatrick Fellowship in Human Rights
Professor Joan M. Fitzpatrick was a much loved and universally respected professor of human rights and international law at University of Washington School of Law. She helped establish human rights law as a legitimate field of legal specialization, tackling issues such as protecting refugees, promoting women’s rights, campaigning for gay and lesbian rights, and enforcing human rights during states of emergency. After her untimely death, Professor Fitzpatrick’s students, determined to honor their beloved professor and the ideals she stood for, established the Joan M. Fitzpatrick Fellowship in Human Rights as a permanent memorial in her name.
The Joan Fitzpatrick Fellowship in Human Rights ("Fellowship") is awarded to a University of Washington School of Law student. The purpose of the fellowship is to provide financial assistance to a UW School of Law student who has demonstrated an interest in human rights law, and who is performing (or planning to perform) unpaid law-related work in human rights during the summer or the following academic year.
All continuing UW School of Law students are eligible to apply for the Fellowship. "Continuing" means students who will be enrolled as full-time law students at UW School of Law for one or more quarters during the academic year following the Fellowship. In line with Professor Fitzpatrick’s lifetime goal of encouraging J.D. students to pursue human rights as a legitimate field of study and career specialization, the Selection Committee will give preference to students who are 1Ls and 2Ls at the time of application.
Purpose of the Fellowship
The Fellowship is for a UW School of Law student with a demonstrated commitment to international human rights and an interest in working in the field in the future. The Fellowship award is intended to enable the recipient to travel and work at a nongovernmental, governmental or intergovernmental organization working on human rights and make a significant contribution during the period of fellowship (typically during the summer). The Fellowship is not intended to support research at an academic institution.
Funding Amount and Restrictions
The Fellowship amount is generally up to $5500. The recipient will be required to obtain the consent of the Joan Fitzpatrick Endowment Fund Committee ("Committee") before receiving any additional funding. The recipient cannot simultaneously accept PILA funding.
How to Apply
Submit a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, two letters of recommendation and no more than a three page proposal for your proposed work. The proposal should include a proposed financial budget that the applicant will implement and which demonstrates the financial feasibility of the project. The successful candidates must meet the criteria as articulated in the fellowship description and eligibility requirements set forth above.
Submit the application materials to Ann Spangler of the Gates Public Service Law Program either via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or to her third floor mailbox, or in person in the SCS Office, Suite 346.
Deadline: The 2018 application deadline is Friday, May 18 at 3:00 pm PST.
For more information, contact Huy C. Nguyen, Assistant Director of the Gates Public Service Law Program, at email@example.com .