How long does the fellowship last?

The fellowship starts September 2023 and ends in August 2024, it’s about 11 months.

Is the fellowship full-time or part-time?

The fellowship is a full-time commitment.

Do fellows need a specific degree to apply?

No. There is no minimum degree requirement. We are interested in your ability to fill the role.

Do fellows need a specific number of years experience to be eligible?

Applicants should have at least two years of relevant work experience.

I want to take a break from my degree program and become a fellow, should I apply?

The explicit goal of the fellowship is to serve as a pipeline for fellows into the ecosystem of public interest technology, and remain in government or the nonprofit sector. To that end, we will not accept applicants taking a break from their undergraduate studies. You are eligible to apply if you are in the middle of a Master’s, PhD or other graduate-level program. However, know that we are looking for those individuals who desire to stay in government or public policy and have the ability to do so.

I have a criminal record, can I apply?

Yes. We believe people with court experience bring a meaningful perspective to this work.

I’m a not a US citizen, will you sponsor my visa?

No. We are unable to sponsor visas or work permits. We will consider applicants of any nationality so long as they already have the legal ability to work in the US.

How much does the fellowship pay?

Depending on the fellow’s experience, the fellowship pays a salary between $85,000 and $100,000. Other benefits include healthcare, a 403(b) retirement account, moving expenses, and a project and continuing education budget.

Where are fellows located?

Fellows are embedded in one of America’s courts, which will be named as soon as the shortlist is finalized in early March. Being place-based allows the fellow to interact with court staff and patrons regularly, giving unparalleled proximity to the justice system.

What happens if I have to move for the fellowship?

Depending on where a fellow currently lives, participating in the fellowship may require them to move. The JIF program helps defer moving costs.