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Sponsor Preferences

Fellowship sponsors may express issue area or geographic preferences for the Fellowship projects they will consider for funding. Please note that Equal Justice Works will consider applications in all issue areas and geographic locations beyond those listed below.

Common Issue Areas of Interest

The following issue areas have been funded with regularity over the past several years, though number of Fellowships for each may vary year to year:

  • Access to courts
  • Children/Youth
  • Civil rights
  • Community economic development
  • Consumer rights
  • Corporate and government accountability
  • Disability issues
  • Disaster relief
  • Domestic violence
  • Education/Special Education
  • Elder law
  • Environmental justice
  • Farmworkers/migrant workers
  • Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender rights
  • Healthcare
  • Housing/Homelessness
  • Human rights
  • Immigration/ Asylum/Refugees
  • Legal Technology/Access to Justice
  • Medical-Legal Partnerships
  • Police Accountability
  • Poverty/economic justice/opportunity
  • Public benefits/assistance
  • Racism and other forms of discrimination
  • Reproductive rights/health
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Transactional/Microfinance
  • Trafficking
  • Veterans issues
  • Voting rights/electoral participation
  • Women's empowerment/rights
  • Workers' rights
















Current Sponsor Preferences

The 2018 Application Deadline has passed. Please check back for information on 2019 Sponsor preferences starting Spring of 2018.



Download our 2017 application guide for more details about the process.

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