Work for Democracy

Externally-funded Fellowship

International Refugee Assistance Project

International Refugee Assistance Project

Virginia, USA
Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2023
IRAP’s program departments invite inquiries from students and recent graduates who are able to secure external fellowship funding (from a school, law firm, or otherwise) to work at IRAP for a minimum of six months. We will review applications on a rolling basis. **This posting is NOT for those seeking sponsors for Skadden, Equal Justice Works, or Justice Catalyst fellowships -- please see separate postings for those opportunities.**
The program departments that are open to hosting fellows include: U.S. Litigation, Climate, Europe, and U.S. Legal Services (with a minimum 10 month commitment).
We will be hosting a town hall on September 14, 2023, at 3pm ET to discuss the experience of being a fellow at IRAP in the U.S. litigation department and/or the Europe office. To register for the town hall, please fill out this form.


  • Responsibilities will depend on the candidate’s interests, skills, and experience; any requirements of specific fellowship programs; and the needs of the program department that the candidate applies to work with.


  • Sensitivity to client/beneficiary empowerment and cultural humility.
  • Fluency in oral and written English; ability to speak other languages is a plus.
  • For the U.S. litigation, climate and legal services opportunities, the candidate must sit for the bar exam prior to beginning the fellowship at IRAP.
Location: The candidate will work in one of IRAP’s offices in New York City, DC, Berlin, Amman or Beirut but remote work candidates will be considered.
The annual full-time equivalent salary range for this position is commensurate with experience and office location.
For positions starting on or after September 1, 2024, located in the United States, compensation will be:
2024 law graduate: $65,916
2023 law graduate with one year of relevant experience: $74,705
2022 law graduate with two years of relevant experience: $81,473
2021 law graduate with three years of relevant experience: $83,917
Successful candidates with more experience will be placed higher on the scale. Successful candidates employed in IRAP’s Europe, Jordan, or Lebanon offices will have their salaries adjusted according to the scales in place at those offices at that time.
May be subject to a collective bargaining agreement if they are working in the U.S.
Benefits (U.S.)
IRAP’s benefits vary across office locations, and IRAP seeks to offer equitable and generous benefits to all employees. IRAP’s U.S. benefits include:
Fully paid family health insurance
Retirement options
Extensive PTO (20 or more vacation days annually & 19 org-wide holidays)
Comprehensive leave time for sickness
Disability and parenting (4 months of parental leave)
Reimbursement for work from home equipment
Generous opportunities for professional development
Benefits (Berlin) (if applicable)
IRAP’s benefits vary across office locations, and IRAP seeks to offer equitable and generous benefits to all employees. The benefits include:
Supplementary company health insurance for staff as well as their partners and dependents
Berlin transport pass (A, B, C)
Daycare reimbursements
A wellness reimbursement twice per year
Generous professional development opportunities
25 vacation days
Office closure December 25-January 1
Approximately 20 additional paid office closures throughout the year (incl. public holidays)
Application Instructions
Please submit a cover letter and a resume. In your cover letter, please describe your eligibility for any external funding that you would like to pursue; the amount of funding available and the length of your proposed fellowship; the IRAP program department and location where you would like to work; and your interest and goals in working at IRAP.