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Tom Steel Post-Graduate Fellowship

The Tom Steel Post-Graduate Fellowship provides funding for a new lawyer to work in the United States on an innovative, public interest law project that serves the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The Fellowship will help ensure that unmet legal needs are recognized and prioritized on an on-going basis, and that the next generation of legal advocates for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community develops the critical skills necessary to secure civil rights into the future.

The Steel Fellowship is the first fellowship of its kind anywhere in the country. In typical years, the annual Fellowship is a $30,000 award for an individual to complete full-time work for twelve (12) months. Pride Law Fund seeks to fund “cutting edge” projects with the potential to make a lasting impact. Persons are eligible to apply if they are law students eligible to graduate in the Spring semester, or are lawyers within three years of their graduation from law school. Additional requirements are set forth in the application materials. Factors considered in awarding grants include:
  • Need for the project (how under-served the issue/community is)
  • Anticipated impact of the project
  • The organization and structure of the proposal
  • Stability and supportiveness of the sponsoring organization or attorney
  • The applicant’s past community or public service activities
  • The applicant’s connection and involvement with the LGBT community.

Pride Law Fund, like many non-profit organizations, has faced a more difficult fundraising climate and a decline in the value of our endowment over the past several years.  At this time, we are not certain that we will be able to fully fund a Steel Fellowship for 2014 - 2015 at the $30,000 level as we have in recent years.  However, we encourage you to submit an application and will keep applicants informed about our funding situation.  Applicants who are able to combine a lower level of Pride Law Fund support with support from other sources may receive more favorable consideration.

Deadline for Applications: March 3, 2014

Download Steel Fellowship Application 2014

Completed applications should be sent to: application@pridelawfund.org

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