James E. Tolan Human Rights Fellowship

The Tolan Fellowship is a post-graduate Fellowship that will fund a Fordham Law School graduate to work for an international human rights organization for one year. The Fellowship is intended to allow Fordham Law School graduates with a demonstrated commitment to international human rights and an interest in working in the field to gain practical work experience with an international human rights non-governmental organization or inter-governmental organization.

The Fellowship is named in honor of James E. Tolan '62, a long-time supporter of the human rights program at Fordham Law School.

NEW: 2010-2011 Fellows


Graduating students or graduates of Fordham Law School are eligible for the Tolan Fellowship.

The Selection Committee is not required to award any fellowships in the absence of sufficiently qualified applicants.

Funding Amount

The Tolan Fellowship provides a one-year stipend of $35,000 plus medical benefits.

Application Requirements

Applicants should submit the materials below in a complete application packet to the Leitner Center by February 18, 2011.  Questions may be directed to the Leitner Center's Executive Director, Elisabeth Wickeri at wickeri@law.fordham.edu.

Applicants are encouraged to develop their projects in coordination with an appropriate sponsoring organization. Projects may address human rights issues anywhere in the world. Project proposals should be as detailed as possible:

  1. Curriculum vitae, including information about classes, work and extracurricular activities in public interest and human rights;
  2. A personal statement (500 words maximum) about the applicant’s relevant experience, interest, and future aspirations with respect to human rights work. The statement should include a discussion of the place of the fellowship in the applicant’s career plans;
  3. Project proposal including:
    • a description of the sponsoring organization and of its work in the local and international context;
    • a discussion of the project and its relation to the work of the organization;
  4. A letter from the sponsoring organization detailing their purpose, function and interest in the work of the applicant; the supervision they will provide for the project; and how the Fellow’s project will further the human rights work of the organization;
  5. Two or three letters of recommendation, including at least one from a Fordham Law School professor;
  6. Fordham Law School transcript.

Selection Process

The Tolan Fellowship Selection Committee will consider the applicant’s relevant human rights experience and academic performance, the value and potential impact of the proposed project, the capacity of the proposed organization to host the applicant and the relevance of the project for the career plans of the applicant.

The Selection Committee is not required to award any fellowships in the absence of sufficiently qualified applicants.

Interviews may be required for finalists.

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