Students studying the general area of socio-legal studies or involve social scientific approaches to the law have an extraordinary opportunity. The American Bar Foundation and National Science Foundation is proudly expecting applications for their American Bar Foundation/National Science Foundation Doctoral Fellowship in Law and Inequality. Students who are candidates for Ph.D. degrees and who have completed all doctoral requirements except the dissertation by September 1, 2021, are eligible to apply. Students from underrepresented minority groups are especially encouraged to apply.
This fellowship will improve the practices and the knowledge of the students. It will give them a platform to expand their field and help them achieve every success in their respective careers with some practical experiences. This fellowship aims to encourage original and significant empirical and interdisciplinary research on the study of law and inequality. Fellowships are held in residence at the ABF, and fellowship appointments are full-time. Fellows are expected to participate fully in the academic life of the ABF so they may develop close collegial ties with faculty and other scholars in residence.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 “to promote scientific progress; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense.” NSF is vital because we support basic research and people to create knowledge that transforms the future. The ABF is recognized as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The ABF does not provide external grants. In the course of collaborative research efforts with other institutions, the ABF does not pay indirect costs.
For more details about the fellowship please refer to the table:
|Organization||American Bar Foundation|
|Educational Level||Ph.D. students|
|Number of Awards||Undefined|
|Application Deadline||January 15, 2021|
|Requirement||Application, CV, work samples|
Who May Be Eligible?
Take a look at the requirements mentioned below to ensure about your eligibility:
- Applications are invited from outstanding students who are candidates for Ph.D. degrees and who have completed all doctoral requirements except the dissertation by September 1, 2021.
- Doctoral research must be in the general area of socio-legal studies or involve social scientific approaches to the law, legal institutions, or legal processes. The research must address significant issues in the field and show promise of a major contribution to the social scientific understanding of law and inequality.
- Students from underrepresented minority groups are especially encouraged to apply.
- Only US citizens are eligible to apply.
How to Apply
Only the eligible candidates should begin with the application process. Fellows should complete the application online by the application system. All the required details and documents should be shared without any negligence. No late or incomplete submission will be entertained. All mandatory information should be provided. Applicants should make sure all the data they are providing is legit. Late applications will be rejected.
- 1-2 page cover letter, dissertation abstract or proposal with an outline of the research’s substance and methods, a CV is required.
- Names and contact information for three references, one of whom should be the candidate’s dissertation chairperson, must be submitted.
- A writing sample that reflects the candidate’s best work and appropriates to the candidate’s discipline is a must.
- A Contributions to Diversity Statement (2-3 pages) that highlights demonstrated and planned the candidate should provide efforts to promote diversity and equity through research or other work.
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.
Applications should be submitted before January 15, 2021. Late or applications with insufficient data will not be considered.