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ABF/AccessLex Institute Doctoral Fellowship Program in Legal & Higher Education

Applications for the ABF/AccessLex Institute Doctoral Fellowship Program in Legal & Higher Education for the 2018-19 academic year are now open.

Deadline: January 15, 2018

The American Bar Foundation (ABF), in partnership with AccessLex Institute, is committed to developing the next generation of scholars interested in empirical and interdisciplinary research on legal and higher education. The purpose of the 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.

Awards

Fellows will receive a stipend of $35,000 for one academic year (12 months), with the possibility of a one-year renewal, pending budgetary approval. Doctoral fellows should retain benefits, including healthcare, through their home institution. 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.

Tenure

Fellowships are awarded for up to 12 months, beginning September 1, 2018.

Conditions

Fellowships are held in residence at the ABF. Appointments to fellowships are full time. Fellows are expected to participate fully in the academic life of the ABF so that they may develop close collegial ties with ABF faculty and other scholars in residence.

Qualifications

The ABF/AccessLex Doctoral Fellowship Program will support up to two pre-doctoral fellowships. Applications are invited from outstanding students who are candidates for Ph.D. degrees, across a broad range of disciplines, who have completed all doctoral requirements except the dissertation by September 1, 2018. Doctoral research must address significant issues in the field and show promise of a major contribution to 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-U.S. nationals are welcome to apply; however, we do not have the institutional capacity to sponsor visas through the Department of Homeland Security.

How to Apply

Please submit all materials through this URL: http://apply.interfolio.com/45502

Applicants must include: (1) 1-2 page cover letter of application; (2) 2-3 page description of a research project or interest that relates to legal or higher education; (3) resume or curriculum vitae; (4) writing sample; and (5) 3 letters of recommendation.

If you have questions about the application process or the position, please direct inquiries to with the subject line “ABF/ AccessLex Doctoral Fellowship Program in Legal and Higher Education.” Or, you may contact Lucinda Underwood at

About the Partners

The American Bar Foundation (ABF) seeks to expand knowledge and advance justice through innovative, interdisciplinary, and rigorous empirical research on law, legal processes, and legal institutions. To further this mission the ABF will produce timely, cutting-edge research of the highest quality to inform and guide the legal profession, the academy, and society in the United States and internationally.

AccessLex Institute, in partnership with its nearly 200 nonprofit and state-affiliated ABA-approved Member law schools, has been committed to improving access to legal education and to maximizing the affordability and value of a law degree since 1983. The AccessLex Center for Legal Education ExcellenceSM advocates for policies that make legal education work better for students and society alike, and conducts research on the most critical issues facing legal education today. The AccessLex Center for Education and Financial CapabilitySM offers on-campus and online financial education programming and resources to help students confidently manage their finances on their way to achieving personal and professional success. AccessLex Institute is a nonprofit organization with office in West Chester, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. and field offices throughout the U.S. Learn more at AccessLex.org.

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