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The Public Service Venture Fund supports two different types of postgraduate fellowships.  It provides “seed money” for startup public interest ventures (seed grants) and salary support to graduating Harvard Law School students who hope to pursue post-graduate work at nonprofits or government agencies in the United States and abroad (existing organization-based fellowships).  Each of these two fellowships has a separate application process.  We encourage those applying for seed grants to apply for an organization-based fellowship as well. 

The 2014-2015 application for the Public Service Venture Fund is now live.  The deadline for seed grant applications is October 23, 2014.  The deadline for organization-based fellowship applications is March 2, 2015.  This page provides application requirements, application instructions, and links to the online application submission forms.

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Apply for a Seed Grant

Deadline: October 23, 2014

Application Requirements

  1. Completed Application Form
  2. Resume/C.V.
  3. Transcript: Either a scan of your official transcript or an electronic copy of your unofficial transcript will be accepted.
  4. Required Application Essays:  Essay questions are available on the Application Submission Form.
  5. Business Plan
  6. Two-Year Budget
  7. Three Letters of Recommendation:  At least one recommendation must be from a faculty member; at least one recommendation must be from an employer; the third required letter may be from a source of your own choice.
  8. Letter of Support from a Community Leader or Expert in the Field
  9. Two References:  You must provide two references  in addition to the people who will write your letters of recommendation and support.  These people must be able to speak to your ability to carry out your proposed work.

Application Instructions

  1. Tell your recommenders how to submit their letters of recommendation, encouraging them to view the special guidelines on the online recommendation form before writing the letter.  Recommenders must submit their letters online at http://form.jotformpro.com/form/42035503841951 by October 23, 2014.
  2. Tell your letter of support writer how to submit his/her letter.  Writers must submit their letters online at http://form.jotform.us/form/32115638593154 by October 23, 2014.
  3. Prepare all application materials.
  4. Access the online Application Submission Form.  You will upload all required materials to this form.
  5. Submit the online Application Submission Form by October 23, 2014.

Links for Materials Submissions

Application Submission Form

Letter of Recommendation Submission Form

Letter of Support Submission Form

 


 

Apply for an Existing Organization-Based Fellowship

Deadline: March 2, 2015

Application Requirements

  1. Completed Application Form
  2. Resume/C.V.
  3. Transcript:  Either a scan of your official transcript or an electronic copy of your unofficial transcript will be accepted.
  4. Three Required Essays:  Essay questions are available on the Application Submission Form.
  5. Two Letters of Recommendation:  At least one recommendation must be from a faculty member; at least one recommendation must be from an employer; the third required letter may be from a source of your own choice.
  6. Sponsorship Letter from Host Organization:  You must submit a letter from a supervisor at your proposed organization confirming your position in the organization and outlining your duties.  The organization should also note that it is not in the position to hire entry-level attorneys absent outside funding.
  7. Two References:  You must provide two references in addition to the people who will write your letters of recommendation and support.  These people must be able to speak to your ability to carry out your proposed work.

Application Instructions

  1. Tell your recommenders how to submit their letters of recommendation.  Recommenders must submit their letters online at http://form.jotform.us/form/32114885214147 by March 2, 2015.
  2. Tell your sponsoring organization how to submit your sponsorship letter.  Sponsors must submit their letters online at http://form.jotform.us/form/32115603751142 by March 2, 2015.
  3. Prepare all application materials.
  4. Access the online Application Submission Form.  You will upload the required application materials to this form.
  5. Submit the online Application Submission Form by March 2, 2015.

Links for Materials Submissions

Application Submission Form

Letter of Recommendation Submission Form

Letter of Sponsorship Submission Form

Last modified: July 25, 2014

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