Fellowship Sponsorship

We begin accepting fellowship sponsorship applications in the late spring/early summer of the year prior to when a fellowship will start, e.g., applications are accepted in the late spring/summer of 2019 for a fellowship that would start in the fall of 2020.

A fellowship sponsorship listing will appear on our Work at NILC webpage once the application period opens.

The National Immigration Law Center (NILC) invites third-year law students or judicial clerks to apply for NILC sponsorship of applications to the Equal Justice Works, Skadden, or other post-graduate fellowships.

As a national legal advocacy organization working for social justice, NILC’s mission is to promote and advance the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants and their families. Since 1979, NILC has established a national reputation for its expertise on immigration law and its intersection with health care, public benefits, and employment rights of low-income immigrants.

We engage in policy and legislative advocacy at the national, state, and local levels; plaintiff-centered impact litigation; and strategic communications work to support our mission. Over the last two years, we have sued to overturn the Trump administration’s Muslim ban and to protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and have partnered with organizations across the country to promote state and local immigration policies that will advance the rights of low-income immigrants, among other work.

NILC seeks fellowship applicants to work on a project benefiting low-income immigrants in one of NILC’s priority areas: immigration enforcement, workers’ rights and economic justice issues, access to health care, or access to legal status. NILC will work closely with the selected applicant to ensure that the project proposal is integral to NILC’s priorities and meets a core need in the immigrant community. The fellow will work out of our Los Angeles, Calif., office. For more information on NILC, see www.nilc.org.

When the application period is open again (see box, above), please apply through the fellowship posting on the Work at NILC webpage.