Attention Public Policy and Law Students: Apply Soon for a 2018 Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellowship

Posted on September 12th, 2017

Deadline to apply for the 2018 Fellowship is October 13, 2017 

Dorothy Gautreaux

Each fall, BPI hires a recent law or policy school graduate to become a Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellow for a two-year term, beginning the following fall.  BPI created the Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellowship in 1999 to honor Alexander Polikoff, who served as BPI’s Executive Director for 29 years, and Dorothy Gautreaux, the public housing activist who gave her name to Polikoff’s landmark lawsuit.

BPI’s fellowship program is designed to prepare the next generation of public interest professionals.  Our Fellows have gone on to pursue successful careers in nonprofit leadership, affordable housing law, legal aid, civil rights advocacy, and government.

Requirements of the Fellowship are:

  • Either a JD or MA/MS in public policy or related field (by Fellowship start)
  • Demonstrated interest or experience in one of BPI’s program areas
  • Accomplished oral and writing skills
  • Strong academic record
  • Initiative, creativity and flexibility
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a variety of organizations, constituent groups, government agencies, and civic leaders.

Fellows receive an annual salary of $52,000 with medical and dental coverage. Debt service on law school or graduate school loans for the duration of the Fellowship may be available, based on need.

Learn more about the Fellowship

To apply, send resume, writing sample, references and a cover letter detailing interest in the position by Friday, October 13, 2017 to, or via postal mail (postmarked by October 13, 2017) to:

Business and Professional People for the Public Interest
Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellowship
25 E. Washington St., Suite 1515
Chicago, IL 60602

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