Public Rights Project is excited to partner with the Justice Catalyst to co-sponsor a new fellowship! Public Rights Project and the Justice Catalyst will jointly administer one-year, potentially renewable, project-based fellowships to support innovative affirmative litigation and enforcement work in state and local government offices. 

ABOUT The fellowship

We are looking for projects from diverse, creative, self-starting fellows who will pursue year-long fellowships, with a possibility of renewal for a second year. Like all Justice Catalyst fellowships, we prioritize groundbreaking ideas, including early-stage projects that are boundary-pushing in the pursuit of systemic solutions to major injustices. And like all Public Rights Project fellowships, these projects should be focused on using the affirmative litigation and enforcement powers of state or local government to effect change and improve our communities. 

Fellows can submit a prospectus with or without a host government office, and work with us to identify a way to launch the project.


Public Rights Project is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity. We aim to assemble an applicant pool that represents the face of the world we live in. We believe that a variety of perspectives enrich the efficacy of the work of local and state governments. We encourage applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds and experiences. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for the fellowship without regard to their race, religion, ancestry, national origin, ethnicity, sex, gender (including pregnancy and gender identity or expression), sexual orientation, color, age, mental or physical disability, marital status, veteran status, genetic information, medical condition, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law or ordinance.

Professional DevelopmenT AND PROGRAMMING

Fellows will participate in programming offered by both the Justice Catalyst and Public Rights Project. This will include orientation to both programs, monthly check-in calls, and periodic professional development opportunities from the staff and partners of both organizations. 

See past Justice Catalyst fellows, including some in government offices, at http://justicecatalyst.org/fellows. For more information on Public Rights Project’s fellowship programming, please see examples at https://www.publicrightsproject.org/2018-fellows-2.


Fellows will receive an annual stipend of $60,000. In special circumstances we can discuss other arrangements. Individual questions and specific needs can be emailed to fellowships@justicecatalyst.org.


The timeline for applications to the Joint Fellowship Program matches the Justice Catalyst fellowship timeline below. For more details about each stage of the application process, please visit http://justicecatalyst.org/get-started/.

  • Rolling until October 13, 2019 — Resume and Prospectus, optional but highly recommended

  • Rolling until December 1, 2019 — Application Deadline

  • Rolling — Application Review and Candidate Interviews

  • February 1, 2020 — Fellowships Offered

  • September 2020 — Fellowships Begin


To learn more about the Justice Catalyst / Public Rights Project Joint Fellowship, ask questions, and to apply, please visit http://justicecatalyst.org/prp-joint-fellowship/.