For Students & Alumni


The Public Service Venture Fund (PSVF) awards up to $1 million in grants each year to help graduating Harvard Law School students and alumni ignite the public service careers of their dreams. The fund gives two types of grants: Organization-Based Fellowships for innovative postgraduate work at a nonprofit or government agency and Seed Grants for start-up nonprofit ventures that serve the public.

Organization-Based Fellowships:

What are they? 

Harvard Organization Based (Org-Based) Fellowships are fully-funded fellowships intended to help launch students' public interest careers at the public service organization of their choice.

Who is eligible to apply?

The opportunity to apply is extended to to graduating HLS students and to HLS J.D. graduates who apply from clerkships entered into immediately after graduation. Up to four Org-Based Fellowships may be awarded to LL.M. and S.J.D. students. 

Seed Grants:

What are they?

Seed Grants provide funding for any project that is in an early stage, innovative, sustainable, and furthers social justice. 

Who is eligible to apply?

All graduating HLS students and alumni are welcome to apply for these grants to start a new nonprofit or to support one that is in its initial stages and has few available funding sources. There will be a preference for applicants in the early stages of their careers. 


To learn more about these fellowship opportunities, see the Organization-Based Fellowship Details and Seed Grant Details pages. 

Last modified: January 26, 2015

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