The application process begins with a call for applications, which outlines selection criteria and encourages public interest lawyers from a number of countries in Europe, Asia, and Africa to apply before the March deadline. Nominating NGOs in the applicants’ home countries submit letters of support to ensure that Fellows will have a platform from which to implement their projects when they return home at the end of the fellowship. The review process of applications begins with a panel of former PILnet International Fellows assessing a select number of candidates. These reviews are based off of carefully constructed criteria, which allow for objective identification of the most qualified applicants. The Selection Committee then makes its final decisions, and successful applicants receive their fellowship invitations in May.
-The Fellowship begins with a semester of study at Columbia University School of Law and a series of professional development trainings. -In the spring, the International Fellows will participate in three-month internships at New York-based public interest law organizations and a study visit based out of PILnet’s Budapest office.