Background: The QLaw Foundation Sher Kung Summer Fellowship is a 10 week, full‐time, paid
summer opportunity for a graduate or law student working for a public interest organization serving
the legal needs of the LGBTQ community and/or serving people living with HIV/AIDS. The Fellowship is
named in in memory of former QLaw Foundation Board Member Sher Kung, who was a tireless
advocate for the voiceless and disenfranchised.
Description: The Fellowship provides funding for a selected host organization to hire a summer fellow
to do research, conduct outreach, provide direct client services, or work on special projects with
minimal cost to the host organization beyond space, supervision, and employment taxes. The fellow’s
summer work must be in service of the legal needs of the LGBTQ community and/or people living
with HIV/AIDS. In 2019, the QLaw Foundation will provide $7,500 to be paid by the organization to
the student who is ultimately selected. Organizations needing assistance paying their share of the
student’s employment taxes may request an additional grant to cover this cost.
Host Organization Selection: The QLaw Foundation Grants Committee holds a competitive process
to select a public interest organization to host the Sher Kung Summer Fellow. The host organization
must be affiliated with a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and offer direct supervision to the Fellow.
The Fellow and the host program will coordinate the scheduling of the 10 week internship for
Selection criteria include, but are not limited to: the degree to which the project involves substantive
legal work and will develop the Fellow’s skills, quality of attorney supervision, the proposed host
organization’s history of achievement for the LGBT and/or HIV/AIDS communities, how the project
benefits the community, if the project addresses a topic area or geographic region that is
underserved, the quality of the project, and how the project furthers QLaw’s mission.
Summer Fellow Selection: Once a host program is selected, a selection committee comprised of
representatives from the host program, in consultation with a representative from the QLaw
Foundation Grants Committee, will be designated to interview and hire a Summer Fellow.
The 2019 Summer Fellowship Application Timeline is:
|Host program application deadline|
November 30, 2018 at 5 pm PST
|Host program site selection and Fellowship announcement posted||December 17, 2018|
|Student Fellowship application deadline||January 25, 2019 at 5 pm PST|
|Fellow announced||March 1, 2019|
|2019 Internship||10 weeks between May - August 2019|