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About the Fellowship

The aim of this programme is to provide fellowships for young first-generation women litigators at the start of their career. The fellowships are intended to provide financial and mentorship support to encourage and equip more women litigators with the necessary support systems and professional training early in their careers.

The programme will award a total of 4 fellowships for the 2024-25 cycle which will commence in June, 2024. The available fellowships are as follows:  

Litigation Fellowship

The Litigation Fellowship, with support from Mr. Smaran Shetty, will be awarded to 3 first-generation women litigators.

The Litigation Fellows are free to secure employment with litigation chambers of their own choosing. Interested applicants are encouraged to identify litigation chambers where they will receive the required mentorship, professional exposure and training that align with their professional goals. The applicants will have to disclose the details of the chambers if employment has already been secured.

Lawyer in Residence Fellowship

The Lawyer in Residence, with support from IDIA, Tanmay Amar and Anusha Reddy will be awarded to 1 first-generation woman litigator.

The Lawyer in Residence Fellowship will be attached to Pravah Law Offices India, New Delhi for a period of 1 year. Working at Pravah Law is a condition attached to the Fellowship. This requirement ensures that the fellow can benefit from the promised support, guidance, and professional development opportunities in the field of litigation that the fellowship aims to provide in addition to monetary support.

Programme Details

There will be one joint application for both fellowships above. Candidates are free to apply to both fellowships subject to meeting the condition of working at Pravah Law Offices India for the Lawyer in Residence Fellowship.

yearly sum of INR 3,60,000 will be granted to each fellow. The amount will be disbursed on a monthly basis. The fellowship will be for a period of 1 year and will commence in June, 2024.

The Four selected Fellows will also have the benefit of mentorship from a network of experienced women litigators.

Important dates

For the year 2024-2025, the final date for receipt of applications is February 11, 2024. The selection of the successful candidate will be made by May 5, 2024.

How to Apply?

Interested candidates can apply online via the link given at the end of the post.

Selection Procedure

Candidates must fulfill the following criteria to be eligible for the grant:

  • The fellowship is only open to women.
  • The fellowship is open to final year students as well as litigators with 0-2 years of experience.
  • The fellowship is only open to first generation litigators, i.e. those applicants who do not have any immediate family member(s) in the legal profession. Further, preference will be given to those applicants who also do not have any members of their extended families in their legal profession.


For any queries, please feel free to drop an email to indianlitigationfellowship@gmail.com

Click here to apply.


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