Outstanding students who are candidates for LLM, SJD, and Ph.D. degrees have a brilliant chance to level up their knowledge with the new fellowship. American Bar Foundation is now inviting candidates to apply for the American Bar Foundation/AccessLex Institute Doctoral Fellowship in Legal and Higher Education. Students who are candidates for LLM, SJD, and Ph.D. degrees across a broad range of disciplines, who have completed all doctoral requirements except the dissertation by September 1, 2021. Doctoral research must address significant issues in the field and show promise of a significant contribution to the social scientific understanding of legal or higher education. Students from underrepresented minority groups are especially encouraged to apply.
These fellowship helps to level up the careers of the candidates by adding real experience to their knowledge. The purpose of this fellowship is to assist emerging scholars who are studying issues of access, affordability, or value in legal and higher education. This doctoral fellowship program seeks to assemble and coordinate a professional network of scholars who will produce innovative, objective, empirical, and interdisciplinary research in the field.
The American Bar Foundation (ABF) is among the world’s leading research institutes for the empirical and interdisciplinary study of law. An independent, nonprofit organization for nearly 70 years, the ABF seeks to advance the understanding and improvement of law through research projects of unmatched scale and quality on the most pressing issues facing the legal system in the United States and the world. The ABF is committed to disseminating research findings to the organized bar, scholars, and the general public. These findings are published in a wide range of forums, including leading academic journals, law reviews, and educational and commercial presses.
For more details about the fellowship please refer to the table:
|Organization||American Bar Foundation|
|Educational Level||LLM, SJD, Ph.D.students|
|Number of Awards||Undefined|
|Nationality||Domestic and International|
|Application Deadline||January 15, 2021|
|Requirement||Application, CV, work samples|
Who May Be Eligible?
Here are the requirements that will make you eligible for this fellowship:
- Applications are invited from outstanding students who are candidates for LLM, SJD, and Ph.D. degrees across a broad range of disciplines, who have completed all doctoral requirements except the dissertation by September 1, 2021.
- Doctoral research must address significant issues in the field and show promise of a major contribution to the social scientific understanding of legal or higher education.
- Students from underrepresented minority groups are especially encouraged to apply.
- There are no citizenship requirements for this fellowship; non-US nationals are welcome to apply, but ABF cannot sponsor visas through the Department of Homeland Security.
How to Apply
Interested and eligible students should apply for the program through an application system. All the required details and materials should be submitted through the same application. No late or incomplete applications or materials will be reviewed for the fellowship. Fellows should maintain the originality of the materials they are providing. Please make sure you submit all the needed details and documents before the deadline.
- 1-2 page cover letter, 2-3 page description of a research project or interest related to legal or higher education, Resume, or CV should be submitted.
- A writing sample that reflects the candidate’s best work and appropriates to the candidate’s discipline must be provided.
- Names and contact information for three references, one of whom should be the candidate’s dissertation chairperson, is mandatory.
- A Contributions to Diversity Statement (2-3 pages) that highlights demonstrated and planned efforts to promote diversity and equity through research or other work is needed.
Fellows will receive a stipend of $35,000 each year for two years, beginning September 1, 2021. Doctoral fellows should retain benefits, including healthcare, through their home institutions. Fellows will also have access to a modest research account to reimburse expenses associated with research, travel to meet with advisors, or travel to conferences at which papers are presented. Reasonable relocation expenses may be reimbursed on application.
Please submit your applications before January 15, 2021. All the needed materials should be submitted with caution.