Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Center

Abby Lyn Gillette Fellowship

Learn more about current and previous recipients of the Abby Lyn Gillette Fellowship.

The Abby Lyn Gillette Fellowship was established in honor of the late Abby Lyn Gillette, former assistant dean of academic affairs at NYU School of Law from 2000 to 2008, by her husband, Professor Clayton Gillette, and their son Alex. The Abby Lyn Gillette Fellowship honors her commitment to advancing women’s leadership in the legal profession with a $15,000 stipend to a rising 2L or 3L whose summer is dedicated to advancing women’s rights. (It is in lieu of a regular PILC grant – which offers $5,000 for rising 2Ls and $7,500 for rising 3Ls.)

The application period for the 2025 Abby Lyn Gillette Fellowship will open in Spring 2025. To apply, interested rising 2L and 3L students are asked to submit the following materials to with the subject line “Abby Lyn Gillette Fellowship”: 1) resume, 2) unofficial transcript, and 3) short personal statement (of no more than 500 words). The personal statement should describe your interest in and contributions toward women’s rights, broadly defined, in and outside of law school thus far; identify the firm or organization where you will be working over; and describe how your work will advance women’s rights.