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Public Interest Fellowships

The Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) is working for equality, dignity, and justice for people impacted by the criminal legal system in the Deep South. SCHR fights for a world free from mass incarceration, the death penalty, the criminalization of poverty, and racial injustice.

SCHR seeks candidates to partner with our office in applying for fellowship funding. The ideal candidate will graduate from law school in 2022 or 2023 and have a demonstrated commitment to working with low-income communities and communities of color and a keen awareness of the race and class issues underlying the criminal legal system. Fluency in Spanish is welcomed.

Please Note: Selection as a candidate does not guarantee employment at SCHR, and instead represents an agreement between SCHR and the individual to pursue funding for an agreed-upon project.


Send a PDF (no more than 3 pages) containing your resume and a letter of interest addressing the following to [email protected] with “Fellowship Application” in the subject line by 12 p.m. EDT on August 9, 2021:

  1. Why do you want to want to be a fellow?
  2. Why have you selected SCHR as a possible site for your fellowship?
  3. What is your project idea for the fellowship?
  4. Which public interest or school-based fellowships would you plan to apply to?
  5. What do you plan to do at the completion of your fellowship?
  6. Are you a previous SCHR intern?
  7. If you are interested in applying for a fellowship with SCHR but not available in the fall of 2021 due to school or clerkships, please indicate the year you are available to apply.

The Southern Center for Human Rights is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, which welcomes qualified applicants of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, and sexual orientations, as well as those who have been system-involved.