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Apply for the Fred T. Korematsu Fellowship from NAPABA Law Foundation

The Fred T. Korematsu Summer Fellowship will provide a $6000 scholarship for one law student to gain meaningful legal experience at a public interest host organization.

The NAPABA Law Foundation administers the Fred T. Korematsu Fellowship in partnership with the Fred T. Korematsu Institute. It was established by a generous gift from Parkin Lee and The Rockefeller Group.

The Fellowship is open to all rising 1L and 2L law students at any qualified host organization in the United States. The application deadline is February 5, 2016. For complete details, download this PDF.

The objective of the program is to:

  • Perpetuate the memory of Fred T. Korematsu's impact on civil rights arising from his principled opposition to the Japanese American incarceration during WWII;
  • Undertake projects that further the cause of civil rights, whether in the United States or elsewhere;
  • Provide work experiences for law students that prepares them for careers in furtherance of civil rights;
  • To have a lasting impact on the security of civil rights; and
  • Inspire future lawyers to aspire to ensure that civil rights are accorded to all.

Fellowship Candidate and Host Eligibility/Criteria

  • Candidates must be rising 1L or 2L law student. Candidates should have a history of civil rights activism, interest in pursuing a civil rights career, strong academics and, like Fred T. Korematsu, strength of character and moral commitment.
  • Candidates must identify a public interest Host Organization that will provide him/her with a summer position if a Fellowship is received. Candidates that have already accepted a summer position at a Host Organization are eligible to apply.
  • Host Organizations are public interest organizations that agree to host the Fred T. Korematsu Fellow for 10 weeks during Summer 2016. They must also provide him/her with supervision, a workspace, and the materials that he/she will need to complete their project.
  • Together with his/her Host Organization, the Candidate and Host Organization must create a fellowship project proposal consistent with the objectives of the Fred T. Korematsu Summer Fellowship program. The proposal should identify a specific project that can be undertaken over the course of the summer fellowship that would support individual civil rights, in the United States or elsewhere. The Selection Committee will be open-minded with respect to the types of issues addressed, and the type of work to be undertaken, as long as the focus is on civil rights. Project proposal shall not exceed two pages.
  • Candidates must submit a statement outlining their interest in becoming a Fred T. Korematsu Fellow. Statements shall not exceed two pages.

For complete details, download this PDF.