The 2021 Summer Grants Program is no longer accepting applications.
The Summer Grants Program is designed to ease the financial burden of University of Iowa law students working in unpaid summer positions. There are several grants available for summer 2021. A student need only submit one Summer Grant Application, and if eligible, will be considered for multiple grants. All applicants must be a 1L or 2L JD (joint degree students with remaining semesters for their JD degree) in good standing and have secured and accepted a position.
Due to the economic impact of COVID-19, limited funds are available for the summer of 2021. Awards will be made on a rolling basis beginning approximately February 24, 2021 with a final deadline to apply on April 7, 2021. Awards are based on responses to the application, subject to the availability of funds, and will be granted until funds are depleted.
The majority of the grants are for students volunteering over the summer for a public interest non-profit organization or government agency (including in judicial chambers). Public interest agencies include IRS Code 501(c)(3) entities, government agencies, and advocacy groups.
Some specialized grant awards are available; students applying for those funds must submit a supplementary essay. Recipients of a specialized grant will be awarded the dollar amount associated with the grant in lieu of any baseline award and notifications of awards will be sent in mid-April 2021.
Please see the Application Information & Instructions for more information about the available grant funds.
Application Information & Instructions
Supplemental Essay Template