Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF) Fellowship in Nonprofit Law

*The RBF Fellowship is not being offered for the 2017-2018 academic year.*

What is the RBF Fellowship?
The Fellowship, which was originally funded by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, permits one Fellow each year to spend one year in residence at the Vera Institute of Justice in New York City, working closely with Vera’s General Counsel and Special Counsel on legal issues faced by Vera. In addition, the Fellow will be deployed to Vera’s various projects and programs to address the legal, business, and organizational issues confronted by these programs and projects.

Who can be a RBF Fellow?
Each year, one Fellowship is awarded to a U.S. law school graduate.  Fellows are selected for their scholarship, leadership, and commitment to practicing in the field of nonprofit law. Fellows will be selected without regard to the applicant’s race, color, religion, gender, political beliefs, national origin, disability, age, or sexual orientation.

Vera Institute of Justice
The Vera Institute of Justice is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to making government policies and practices more fair, humane, and efficient for all people. Working in collaboration with government and local communities, Vera designs and implements innovative programs that encourage just practices in public services and improve the quality of urban life.

Vera operates the programs it designs only during their demonstration stage. When they succeed, these demonstrations lead to the creation of new government programs, the reform of old ones, or the establishment of new nonprofit organizations to carry on Vera’s innovations. For over 50 years, Vera’s pioneering projects and research in criminal justice and social reform have provided practical solutions to urgent problems in cities throughout the country and around the world.

Rockefeller Brothers Fund
The Rockefeller Brothers Fund is a private, philanthropic foundation created in 1940 as a vehicle through which the five sons and daughter of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. could share a source of advice and research on charitable activities and combine some of their philanthropies to better effect. Since then, its grantmaking programs have been shaped by the involvement of three generations of Rockefeller family members and by the traditions of the Charles E. Culpeper Foundation, which merged with the Fund in 1999.

The Fund’s major objective is to improve the well-being of all people through support of efforts in the United States and abroad that contribute ideas, develop leaders, and encourage institutions in the transition to global interdependence.

Term and Salary
The term of the NCPL Fellowship is one year. The 2015 Fellow received a salary of $50,000 plus benefits.

PDF of the RBF Fellowship Brochure