H. Stewart Dunn, Jr. Civil Liberties Fellowships

Thanks to a generous donation by Timothy P. Dunn and his wife, Ellen R. Stofan, the College of William & Mary established the H. Stewart Dunn, Jr. Civil Liberties Project. The Project provides support for undergraduate and law student research, as well as summer internships and post-graduate fellowships with organizations that support or protect civil liberties. The Project also funds guest lectures and collaborative teaching of civil liberties in the Law School and undergraduate academic programs.

Undergraduate Civil Liberties Summer Internship Funding

An important feature of the H. Stewart Dunn, Jr. Civil Liberties Project is providing students with funding for summer internships that advance civil liberties causes. William and Mary undergraduates are encouraged to seek out low or unpaid civil liberties internship positions at organizations of their choice and apply for a Dunn Fellowship to fund their work. Dunn Fellowships are available for civil liberties internships of personal interest to the applicant, regardless of political affiliation or subject, so long as that organization seeks to preserve and protect civil liberties afforded Americans by the U.S. Constitution. Special consideration will be given to internships with organizations that address civil liberties afforded by the First Amendment.

The project will fund up to 4 summer internships for William & Mary undergraduates whose internships fit the criteria above.  Fellowships will range from $1000 to $2000 depending on student need. 

Applicants for these awards may not be graduating before December of the application year.

  • Applicants may be from any field of study, but they must be continuing undergraduate students. 
  • Internships must last a minimum of five full-time weeks.
  • Post-Fellowship responsibilities (click on link for more information)
Arranging Internships

Students are expected to identify, apply for and obtain positions on their own. Information is available through the W&M Cohen Career Center and the W&M Washington Office.


Click on the link for more information

  • Applications will be considered on a rolling basis beginning Wednesday, April 27, 2016.
  • If you have not secured an internship by April 27, you may still apply for a fellowship, but no funds will be disbursed until the student has submitted certification by an on-site supervisor that s/he will be undertaking the work. The College reserved the right to contact the on-site supervisor at any point with regard to the intern's performance.
How to Apply
  • Access the online application by clicking this link
  • Create an account using your email.wm.edu address
  • In the Preliminary Questions section select Scholarships for Summer Internships as the program for which you are applying
  • Already have an account/have applied for a Charles Center scholarship before? Visit the FAQs page for instructions on how to start a new application.
  • Fill out the application form and upload the required documents (resume, personal statement, letter from supervisor)
  • Submit application

For specific questions about the Dunn Fellowships, email [[clnema, Professor Chris Nemacheck]].

For information on past Dunn Fellows, see the information on undergraduate internships.

Be sure to read through the FAQs page for the Charles Center Summer Scholarships for further information, including who to contact for help preparing your application and the process of applying.

Application Materials

Application Form
The online application form asks for your contact information, which internship scholarships for which you qualify, and information about the internship (where it takes place, the dates of the internship, supervisor's name and contact information, etc.)

The resume an be uploaded (as a Word document or PDF) or typed directly into the online application. It should be no more than two pages maximum.

Personal Statement
The personal Statement can be uploaded (as a Word document or PDF) or typed directly into the online application. It should be no more than one page, double-spaced. The personal statement should describe the following:

  • What you expect will be your duties and routine as an intern
  • What is your interest in the position-- why it fits with previous academic or extracurricular activities and what you hope to gain from the experience

Internship Certification Letter
Upload  a confirmation letter or email from your internship supervisor that certifies the following:

  • that you have accepted the position
  • that it entails more than clerical duties
  • that it will last an equivalent of five full weeks
  • whether it will be compensated and, if so, the amount
Post-Fellowship Responsibilities

As part of developing opportunities for future W&M Dunn Fellows, at the completion of the internship, Fellows will be expected to provide a one-page summary of their work and responsibilities with their civil liberties organization.  This report will be submitted to [[clnema, Professor Chris Nemacheck]] no later than September 15 of the year in which the internship was completed.

Upon completion of the internship, scholarship recipients must complete and submit an online evaluation of the internship.