Celia M. Howard Fellowship

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Celia M. Howard Fellowship

2020-2021 APPLICATION DEADLINE is Friday, November 1, 2019!

In partnership with the Celia M. Howard Fellowship Fund, the Institute provides funding for a fellowship to benefit a student interested in a career in government, public policy and public service. Ideally, the fellowship will be based in Carbondale with the Institute, but options are available for external placement for those with specific interest and ability to serve in Springfield with a Constitutional office, state agency or state legislator.

Celia M. Howard (1876-1950) received a scholarship to Harvard Law School, but was denied the opportunity to attend the all-male university because she was a woman. She graduated from Chicago’s John Marshall Law School, had a well-respected career as an attorney, and is believed to be the first woman to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. She was the national leader of the Illinois Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Club, which established the Celia M. Howard Fellowship Fund in her honor in 1949.

Eligibility: Applicants can be ANY graduate major. There is a preference for women. Applicants should be able to demonstrate a clear desire to work in government and public policy. Must provide two letters of recommendation with completed student application. Applicants must also be U.S. citizens, domiciled in Illinois for more than two years (at the time of application), have received a bachelor's degree, and have an overall "B" grade point average or better.

Details: The student will be hired as a half-time graduate research assistant at the pay rate and associated benefits—including a tuition waiver—as set by the Graduate School. Funding for technology needs, travel and other expenses is included. Student must have 20 hours per week to dedicate to the assistantship.

How Do I Apply?

To apply, please fill out our Student Opportunities Application

You may bring the application to the Institute (How Do I Contact/Find the Institute) or send it by email with the directions below.

To send by email:

  1. Save PDF to desktop, fill out your information.
  2. Save edited PDF and add as an email attachment.
  3. Send to paulsimoninstitute@gmail.com.