Skip to main content

Donald J. Feerick Memorial Summer Fellowship

Social Justice Externship in Northern Ireland

The Donald J. Feerick Fellowship will provide a grant of up to $6000 for a Fordham Law Student to work full-time for 10 weeks over the summer with The Commission For Victims and Survivors in Belfast, Northern Ireland, under the direction of a senior member of the staff of the Commission.

The purpose of the Commission is to review current arrangements for service delivery and co-ordination of services for victims and survivors across departments and agencies, identifying any gaps in service provision; to review how well the current funding arrangements are addressing need in relation to victims and survivors groups and individual victims and survivors; and to consider the practical issues around establishing a Victims' and Survivors' Forum.

Applicants for the Fellowship will submit a statement of their reasons for interest in the project, which should include a detailed explanation of any relevant work, background or study that the applicant has in areas of social justice, or involvement and interest in the history and cultural affairs of the island of Ireland.

Upon selection the successful applicant will receive a grant of $4000. The recipient of the Fellowship will need to make their own arrangements, at their expense, for transportation, food and lodging.

Upon returning to Fordham after the summer, the recipient will prepare a paper of publishable quality under the direction of a member of the Fordham Law School faculty, which will discuss a topic related to the summer projects. Upon presentation of such paper the recipient will receive the balance of the award.

Applications should be submitted to the Feerick Center for Social Justice, Fordham Law School (att: Asst. Dean Robert J. Reilly) 140 West 62nd Street, 7th floor, New York, NY 10023, by March 31st.

The application must include:

  1. A statement of the reasons for interest in the Fellowship which should include a detailed explanation of any relevant work, background or study that the applicant has in areas of social justice, or involvement and interest in the history and cultural affairs of the island of Ireland.
  2. A resume.
  3. A letter of recommendation from a professor.
  4. A copy of the applicants Fordham Law School transcript.

The Donald Feerick Fellowship is named in honor and memory of Donald J. Feerick, a 1960 graduate of Fordham College at Rose Hill, who was a benefactor of Fordham Law School with a long time interest in the development of a peaceful society in Ireland, the land of his ancestors. He visited Ireland frequently and supported peace efforts on that island. He was the father of four graduates of Fordham Law School and was a man of great warmth, learning and wit.

Past Recipients

  1. Justin H. Pitts '14 (Summer 2013)
  2. Robert Sheehan '13 (Summer 2012)
  3. Sally Winters '13 (Summer 2012)
  4. Samantha Cornell '13 (Summer 2012)
  5. Alexandra Rothman '12 (Summer 2012)
  6. Josephn Costello '10 (Summer 2011)
  7. Patrick McKegney '11 (Summer 2010)
  8. Alison Wyllie '12 (Summer 2009)
  9. Emilie Williams '09 (Summer 2007)
  10. Janos Martin '09 (Summer 2007)
  11. Li Jing '09 (Summer 2007)