Fellowship and Grants

The Davis Polk Leadership Fellowship is a yearlong program that provides recipients with resources and support from faculty, staff, and leadership coaches to build their leadership capacities. Fellows receive a $5,000 stipend, attend bi-weekly leadership development sessions with other Fellows, receive individualized mentorship, and are automatically accepted into the Lawyer-Leadership course and/or Public Education Policy Lab (if interested). In addition to the stipend, Fellows receive project funding (up to $1,000) and support to design and implement a yearlong project that builds leadership within the CLS community and effectuates positive change at CLS, in the legal community, and beyond. Fellows also engage in mentorship of others as stewards of leadership within CLS. 

The Innovation Grants provide project funding of up to $1,000 and support from faculty, staff, and leadership coaches for individuals or groups of students, staff, or faculty to design and implement semester-long projects designed to effectuate positive change at CLS, in the legal community, and beyond.  

Our next round of fellowships and grants will open in Fall 2022. If you have any questions, please contact us at LeadershipInitiative@law.columbia.edu.

"Through the Leadership Initiative, I learned to better communicate and collaborate with people who had very different backgrounds and values than my own, enabling me to better effectuate the change I wanted to see within academia."  - Tanner Zumwalt, 2019–2020 Fellow