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Jagdish Bhagwati Fellowship

Columbia Law School’s Jagdish Bhagwati Fellowship supports graduate students specializing in international trade, trade law, public interest, and human rights.

The Jagdish Bhagwati Fellowship—underwritten by the Indian government—provides partial to full funding for up to three fellows per academic year.  The Law School offers a comprehensive course in these areas, co-taught by professors Jagdish Bhagwati (Economics) and Petros C. Mavroidis (Law). In addition, the Law School and other divisions of Columbia University offer specialized seminars in international trade law and related topics.


To be eligible for the Jagdish Bhagwati Fellowship, you must first be admitted to the LL.M. Program at Columbia Law School. For more information, see the LL.M. Application Process and Frequently Asked Questions pages.

How to Apply

The application deadline for the 2022-2023 Jagdish Bhagwati Fellowship is December 18, 2021 (the same deadline as the application for the LL.M. Program).

Submit a completed application for admission to the LL.M. program through LSAC, including your résumé/CV.

The application must include:

  • A two-page essay describing your academic and professional exposure to international trade, as well as your specific interests within this area. If you are interested in conducting research on international trade during your LL.M., discuss your research agenda in the essay. Label the first page of your essay “Application for Jagdish Bhagwati Fellowship” and upload the essay to the appropriate section of the application.