Ann Kolker Fellowship

The National Women’s Law Center is proud to host the Ann Kolker Fellowship, beginning in Summer of 2024.

The Ann Kolker Fellowship commemorates the legacy of pioneering health advocate Ann Kolker. At the time Ann was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1996, she was already a political leader, with early involvement at the National Women’s Law Center as a health policy advocate, at the National Women’s Political Caucus, and EMILY’s List. When she realized that there was no unified national voice representing women in need of ovarian cancer research and advocacy, she helped found the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. She became the organization’s first Executive Director and used her keen intellect and determination to turn the organization into a leading force in the field of patient advocacy. Federal funding for ovarian cancer more than tripled since Ann began her advocacy efforts. After a long and courageous battle with cancer, Ann passed away on February 3, 2016.

The Ann Kolker Fellowship at NWLC is a unique opportunity for an early career lawyer to have a meaningful impact in the field of health equity, just as Ann did over her career. Please consider donating to the Kolker Fellowship. Placed on NWLC’s Reproductive Rights and Health team, the Ann Kolker fellow will work on health equity and justice issues. The application window will open in January 2024, with the year-long fellowship commencing in summer of 2024 for 12 months. Check the NWLC Jobs page for the application.