Work for Democracy

Externally-funded Fellowship

International Refugee Assistance Project

International Refugee Assistance Project

Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2024
IRAP’s U.S. Legal Services Department is seeking a candidate to sponsor for external fellowship funding applications (e.g., Skadden Fellowship, Equal Justice Works Fellowship, Justice Catalyst fellowship). Candidates should be rising 3Ls or judicial clerks in the fall of 2024, seeking to apply in 2024 for work beginning in the fall of 2025.


  • 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 such as Haitian Creole, Spanish, Dari, or Arabic is a plus.
  • The candidate must sit for the bar exam prior to beginning the fellowship at IRAP.
Location: The candidate may work in one of IRAP’s offices in New York City or DC or may be remote from anywhere in the United States as long as they are available to work East Coast business hours (typically 9am - 5pm EST).
The annual full-time equivalent salary range for this position is commensurate with experience based on law school graduation year and consistent with IRAP’s Collective Bargaining Agreement. This is a unionized position.
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
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, please apply by June 30 for full consideration.
Application Instructions
Please submit a cover letter and a resume. In your cover letter, please describe projects that would be of particular interest to you. IRAP is especially interested in fellowship proposals related to:
~ Family reunification, including but not limited to the Central American Minors Program; or,
~ Representation for IRAP’s former border clients, including but not limited to making use of limited scope appearance rules in immigration court to raise procedural challenges to ongoing removal proceedings or other issues; or,
~ Partnership with local legal providers to maximize IRAP’s remote services with on-site providers to expand representation to immigrants in the United States.