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Rev. George J. McMahon, SJ Summer Fellowship

U.S. Social Justice Research

The McMahon Fellowship provides grants of up to $5000 for a Fordham Law Student to work full-time for 10 weeks over the summer with a social justice organization located in the United States. The Fellowship is administered through the Feerick Center for Social Justice in cooperation with the Fordham Urban Law Journal.

The Recipient of the Fellowship will complete a detailed proposal outlining the purpose and area of their research.  The topic should focus on American-based programs or proposals that are working toward innovative solutions to social justice issues, particularly issues relating to poverty, and most specifically homelessness, hunger or asset preservation for those at the poverty level. The applicant should contact and receive authorization from a non-profit organization partner with whom they will work. Upon selection as recipient of the Fellowship the student will receive $4000 of the stipend.

Upon returning to Fordham after the summer, the recipient will prepare a paper of publishable quality, and work with the editorial board of the Fordham Urban Law Journal to make sure that the written paper meets its standards. Upon presentation of such paper the recipient will receive the balance of the award. The recipient will also make himself or herself available to speak at a lunchtime series program, sponsored by the Feerick Center, about their research.

In selecting topics students are required to confer with members of the Fordham Law Faculty who might serve as mentors or advisors on their research projects. Faculty associated with the Feerick Center, including Professors Galacatos, Cooper, Feerick and Solimene, are all knowledgeable about such topics and available to assist interested applicants.

Applications should be received by March 19th.

The application must include:

  1. A detailed project proposal including a project description developed in consultation with a sponsoring organization and a faculty member. The description should describe the social justice issue to be investigated and why it is significant and how the student’s project will cover the issue. The proposal should include information about the sponsoring organization, and a letter or email from the partnering organization acknowledging its role. A budget should be included.
  2. A cover letter
  3. A resume
  4. A letter of recommendation from a professor
  5. A copy of the applicants Fordham Law School transcript

The McMahon Fellowship is named in honor and memory of the Rev. George J. McMahon, SJ, a Jesuit priest, who served at Fordham for almost 40 years. He was the Vice President for Lincoln Center and was a special friend, confidant and spiritual advisor to the Law School community, faculty, students and alumni. He loved Fordham and all who were associated with it.  He is referred to as “Father Fordham.” He also had served as Dean of Fordham College at Rose Hill.  The Residence Hall at Lincoln Center is named in his honor.

Past Recipients

  1. Rodrigo Ricxu Bacus '16 (Summer 2014)
  2. Lucy Benz Rogers '14 (Summer 2013)
  3. Conor Duffy '13 (Summer 2012)
  4. Joshua Rodriguez '14 (Summer 2011)
  5. Louis J. Miller '11 (Summer 2010)
  6. Ilana Ofgang '11 (Summer 2009)
  7. Chauncee D. Smith '10 (Summer 2008)
  8. J.C. O'Brien '08 (Summer 2007)