Fund Details
David Nierenberg '78 International Refugee Assistance Project Fellowship - IRAP
Award Amount
47,500
Competition Type
Yale

Description:

The Nierenberg International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) Fellowship was established in 2018 by David Nierenberg, Yale Law School ’78, and his wife, Patricia.  Their support for the fellowship originates from their strong family interest to help displaced persons, honor ancestry, and serve as a reminder to our nation about the sanctity of human rights. 

Description

The International Refugee Assistance Project (“IRAP”) organizes law students and lawyers to develop 

and enforce a set of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced persons.


Mobilizing direct legal aid, litigation, and systemic advocacy, IRAP serves the world’s most 


persecuted individuals and empowers the next generation of human rights leaders. This fellowship 


funds a one-year position, beginning in September 2020, in IRAP’s Litigation Department. 


IRAP’s Litigation Department has been at the forefront of challenging government policies that harm 

refugees and other vulnerable populations, including through challenges to the President’s Executive 

Orders banning immigration from certain Muslim-majority countries, policies suspending certain 

refugee processing, and mass denial of refugee status to Iranian religious minorities. More information 

about the Litigation Department’s work is available here.

Eligibility

Graduates of any ABA accredited law school are eligible to apply. The fellowship is open to current 3Ls  

and attorneys who have graduated within the last three years. Applicants must be a member of any bar 

or eligible to sit for the bar prior to the start of the fellowship.

Pay and Other Benefits

  The stipend for this position is $47,500 for the year. Benefits will be provided.

Application Instructions

Applications will be accepted from January 6 through March 16, 2020. Applicants should include the following information:

1)  1) Name, email, law school, degree, and year of graduation or expected year of graduation.

2)  2) A personal statement of interest no longer than 1,000 words:


(a)   describing the applicant’s experiences with and commitment to working on behalf of refugees and displaced people;

(b)   explaining why the applicant wishes to work at IRAP specifically;

(c)   explaining why the applicant wishes to work in IRAP’s Litigation Department and any prior experiences with civil litigation; and

(d)   describing how the fellowship would help to achieve the applicant’s long-term goals.

3)  Up to three letters of recommendation, preferably including at least one from a legal employer or supervisor, and one from a clinical or academic professor.


4)  An unofficial transcript.

5)  A resume.

6)  A writing sample of no more than 10 pages.

 

Questions

 

  For further information, please contact Norma D’Apolito, Director of Public Interest, at  

  norma.dapolito@yale.edu or (203) 436-2580.






Application Information:

Applications will be accepted from January 6, 2020 through March 16, 2020.

Interested candidates should complete this online application with the following information:

 1) Name, email, law school, degree, and year of graduation or expected year of graduation.


 2) A personal statement of interest no longer than 1,000 words:
      
(a)  describing the applicant’s experiences with and commitment to working on behalf of refugees and displaced people;
(b)  explaining why the applicant wishes to work at IRAP specifically;
(c)  explaining why the applicant wishes to work in IRAP’s Litigation Department and any prior experiences with civil litigation; and
(d)  describing how the fellowship would help to achieve the applicant’s long-term goals.
2)  Up to three letters of recommendation, preferably including at least one from a legal employer or supervisor, and one from a clinical or academic professor.


3)  An unofficial transcript.
4)  A resume.
5)  A writing sample of no more than 10 pages.

 

Questions

  For further information, please contact Norma D’Apolito, Director of Public Interest, at 

 norma.dapolito@yale.edu or (203) 436-2580.




Special Eligibility Requirements:

Graduates of any ABA accredited law school are eligible to apply.  The fellowship is open to current 3Ls and attorneys who have graduated within the last three years.  Applicants must be a member of any bar or eligible to sit for the bar prior to the start of the fellowship.



Links to Additional Information:

Attention Yale graduates:

If you currently have an active Yale NetID, please use it to log in to this application system. If your Yale NetID has expired, please go here to reinstate it: 


https://its.yale.edu/node/1940


Contact Information:

For questions about this application, please contact Norma D'Apolito at norma.dapolito@yale.edu

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