Tom Steel Post-Graduate Fellowship

Horizons Foundation

Established in honor of Tom Steel, a prominent civil rights and activist attorney in the San Francisco LGBTQ community, the fellowship aims to fund a new lawyer to work in the United States on an innovative, public interest law project that serves the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. It's the first fellowship of its kind in the country which has been awarded since 2001. The Fellowship is designed to ensure that unmet legal needs in the LGBT community are addressed and prioritized on an ongoing basis, and that the next generation of legal advocates for the LGBT community develops the critical skills necessary to secure civil rights into the future.

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Eligibility Requirements

  • Age/Grade Level:
    Law students eligible to graduate in the Spring semester, or are lawyers within three years of their graduation from law school
  • Financial Need:
    Not Mentioned
  • Major/Career:
    Must be law students eligible to graduate in the Spring semester, or are lawyers within three years of their graduation from law school
  • Miscellaneous:
    Must complete full-time work for 12 months

Application Details

  • Judging Criteria:
    The selection committee will review applications based on the following: Need for the project (is the community/issue under-served?); Anticipated impact of the project; Organization and structure of the proposal; Stability and supportiveness of the sponsoring organization or supervising attorney; Applicants past community or public service activities; Applicants connection to and involvement with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender communities
  • Transcript:
  • Resume/Activity List:
  • Essay:
    Describe anything about your background or life experience that qualifies you to do the project, may have influenced your decision to do the project, or may impact your ability to achieve the goals of the project. For example, if you are planning to work with a small, rural community, what experience do you have living in or working with such communities? In what way are you well suited to reach and connect with your intended clients? Feel free to tell us anything else that you believe is relevant to your qualifications or ability to do the project. Have you applied for a Pride Law Fund Fellowship in the past?
  • Other Materials:
    1) Cover or Title page, including the name, pronoun(s) if any, address, telephone number and e-mail address of the applicant, a brief title for the project, and the amount of funding requested from Pride Law Fund and from other organizations. 2) One-Page Overview of the Project including the name, address, telephone number and email address of the applicant, the title of the project, a summary of the issue that is being addressed and the proposed response, the projects overall objectives, the name, address, 4 telephone number and e-mail address of the sponsoring organization and/or supervising attorney(s), include pronoun(s) for individuals, a brief description of the applicants background and the mission of the sponsoring organization, and the amount of money that is being requested. 3) Full Description of the Project. 4) Description of the Applicants Qualifications. 5) Budget Proposal which shall include the following information: Your name and the title of the project; Estimated non-salary expenses that would be covered by the Steel Fellowship, including (but not limited to) your equipment, materials, travel, and miscellaneous items; Estimated income, including (but not limited to) the Steel Fellowship, other funding that may be pending (include when a decision is expected), in-kind contributions, funding from the sponsoring organization, and any other sources of guaranteed or potential funding not mentioned elsewhere. 6) Description of the Sponsoring Organization and/or Supervising Attorney. What experience do they have with the issues addressed by your project? How can they contribute to the success of the project? Include the name, mailing address, e-mail address and telephone number of the attorney(s) who will be supervising your project. 7) List of any other people involved in the project and a description of their respective roles and relevant experiences. 8) Letter of Support from the Sponsoring Organization. If you plan to work with an existing 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization, your letter should be from an attorney from that organization who will supervise your project. If you do not plan to work directly with an existing 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, you must find a sponsoring attorney from a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization who will provide you with advice and guidance throughout the course of your project. 9) Two Additional Letters of Support. Letters of support are most useful if they come from people who know your work well or who are experienced in the area of the proposed project. 10) Timetable. The timetable should set forth specific milestones and deadlines for accomplishing the projects objectives. While we recognize that the timetable is necessarily preliminary, it is a helpful tool to evaluate the whether the project has been carefully thought through and appropriately scaled given the available time and resources. 11) A signed Usage Agreement and Certification

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