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ABF Visiting Scholar Program

The American Bar Foundation invites scholars to join our intellectual community throughout the year, as space allows. We encourage national and international scholars on leave or sabbatical to take advantage of our diverse sociolegal community and excellent facilities.  We offer an office, telephone, computer, and library access, but no stipend.

Preference will be given to visitors whose scholarship coincides with the research agenda of the ABF, and who will be in residence full-time for all or part of the year.  Summer visits are possible.  Visitors are expected to participate in the intellectual life of the ABF, including a weekly seminar.

The ABF is an independent, scholarly research institute committed to social science research on law, legal institutions, and legal processes. Its research community consists of leading scholars in the fields of law, sociology, psychology, political science, economics, history, and anthropology.

Application letters should be addressed to Jothie Rajah and sent in electronic form to Trish Roos at  with the subject line “ABF Visiting Scholar Program." Letters of interest should include (1) the topic on which you are working; (2) the preferred dates for residence; and (3) the days each week you would expect to be at the ABF. Please also attach a current CV. 

The ABF Appointments Committee will review applications and prospective visitors will be notified accordingly.

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