AEF awards summer fellowships and grants each year to law students from around the nation. The primary purpose of the fellowships is to fund a student’s internship within the public interest sector that benefits either metropolitan Washington, D.C. community-at-large and/or the Asian Pacific American community. Eligible internship placements include federal, state, and local governmental organizations, nonprofit organizations, district attorney and public defender offices, and judicial internships. For all fellowship recipients, AEF requires that the internship be unpaid (except for nominal payment for items such as transportation), be arranged by the student, and extend at least ten weeks or a total of 400 hours.
To view the complete list of AEF fellowship recipients, please click here.
The Robert E. Wone Fellowship
AEF will award the Robert E. Wone Fellowship to one applicant each year. Created in 2007, this fellowship is awarded to the applicant who most embodies what a former director, Robert E. Wone, sought to be as a lawyer—a trusted member of the community, making a difference in public policies and seeing his efforts improve the circumstances of those around him.
The winner of the Wone Fellowship will receive a total stipend of $6,000. The Wone Fellow will receive $5,500 of the stipend at the beginning of the summer, and upon completing the internship to the satisfaction of the Fellow’s employer, providing a written summary of the work performed, and submitting a photo to appear in AEF’s annual newsletter, the Wone Fellow will receive the remaining $500 of the stipend.
AEF will award AEF Fellowships to applicants who have a demonstrated commitment to public service. AEF Fellows receive a total stipend of $4,000. Each AEF Fellow will receive $3,500 of that stipend at the beginning of the summer. Upon completing the internship to the satisfaction of the Fellow’s employer, providing a written summary of the work performed, and submitting a photo to appear in AEF’s annual newsletter, each AEF Fellow will receive the remaining $500 of the stipend.
Applying for Fellowships and Grants
Any student at an accredited law school who is enrolled at least part-time, as determined by the school, who is in good standing, who is a candidate for a law degree, and who has not previously received a fellowship from AEF, is eligible to apply. AEF is currently accepting applications for all the grants and fellowships listed on this page.
To apply for the 2020 Robert E. Wone Fellowship and AEF Fellowships, please download the 2020 Fellowship Application Form for instructions, which can be found here: 2020 AEF Fellowship Applications. The deadline to apply is April 24, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Eastern.
Fellowship and Grant Selection Criteria
AEF considers all of the materials submitted by an applicant. The essay is heavily weighted and should be carefully prepared. Letters of recommendation should be from persons who can provide relevant information to AEF regarding the applicant’s qualifications and experience making him or her a fit candidate for an award of a fellowship. An applicant must be in good standing at his or her law school. Although a law school transcript is required, the student’s academic performance will not weigh heavily in the selection process. If an interview is conducted, the applicant’s interview performance may also be considered in the selection process.
Other factors AEF may consider include, but are not limited to:
- A demonstrated commitment to public service;
- Evidence of the applicant’s maturity and responsibility;
- Placement of fellowship recipients in diverse employment settings.
Non-Discrimination Policy & Other Policies
AEF does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, sex, disability, race, color, religion, ethnic/national origin, veteran status, or sexual orientation in the award of these fellowships. AEF officers and directors and their immediate families are ineligible for the fellowships. Only one fellowship may be awarded to an applicant for each internship.
A fellowship recipient immediately must notify AEF in writing if the recipient (i) leaves the position approved by AEF; (ii) changes employers; (iii) ceases to work for the required number of hours; or (iv) becomes subject to academic discipline or ceases to be enrolled in law school. In each such event, the recipient must obtain the written approval of AEF to continue under the AEF fellowship program. In its discretion, AEF shall determine whether forfeiture of the fellowship or a modification of the terms or amount of the award is appropriate.
A recipient’s failure to comply with AEF policies and/or the conditions of the fellowship may result in the forfeiture of the entire award or a portion thereof.
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