The Indian government has underwritten the Jagdish Bhagwati Fellowship to support graduate students at Columbia Law School who wish to specialize in the study of international trade, trade law, public interest and human rights.

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.

The Jagdish Bhagwati Fellowship will provide partial to full funding for up to three fellows per academic year. 

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Application Procedures

To be eligible for the Jagdish Bhagwati LL.M. Fellowship, applicants must meet the admission criteria and be admitted to the LL.M. Program at Columbia Law School. For more information, visit:

Here is the interview of a student who secured this scholarship:

Jagdish Bhagwati Scholarship

A complete Jagdish Bhagwati LL.M. Fellowship Application consists of:

  • A completed application for admission to the LL.M. program through LSAC, including your résumé/CV;
  • A separate two-page essay describing your academic and professional exposure to international trade, as well as your specific interests within this area. Additionally, if as part of your LL.M. studies you are interested in conducting research in the area of international trade, detail your research agenda in your essay. Label the first page of your essay “Application for Jagdish Bhagwati Fellowship,” and upload the essay to the appropriate section of the LSAC online application; and
  • A completed Application for Financial Assistance as part of the LSAC online application. In providing a candid picture of your financial resources, you are enabling the selection committee to determine the appropriate level of assistance to provide to each Fellow and to maximize the number of Fellowships it can award each year.