Summer Fellowships

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The Klau Institute for Civil and Human Rights sponsors summer fellowships for Notre Dame law students working in public interest organizations that promote civil or human rights, and/or the enforcement of federal rights on behalf of underrepresented minorities. Fellows receive funding to assist with travel and living expenses, and upon return to campus, share their experiences with the wider community.

Notre Dame undergraduates with civil or human-rights-related summer projects should contact the Klau Institute directly to discuss possible funding opportunities. Contact Klau Institute Associate Director Dory Mitros Durham at


Meet the Summer Fellows



A Klau Institute Summer Fellowship for work inside the United States will total $2000, which can be combined with $3000 of federal work-study funding upon application to the Law School. Klau Institute Fellowship amounts for work outside the United States may be greater because federal work-study funding is unavailable for such positions.


Notre Dame law students who acquire a summer internship consistent with the above description are eligible for a Klau Institute Summer Fellowship. Both domestic and international internships are eligible for consideration. Federal work-study funding is only available for work inside the United States.

Application Requirements

  • Current resume
  • Academic transcript
  • Cover letter describing the proposed internship and how it relates to the Institute's mission
  • Each successful awardee will need to secure a written internship offer from the placement organization.
  • Each summer fellow is required to organize a public presentation on the topic of her or his work during the next academic year.