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ABF/Northwestern University Doctoral Fellowship Program in Law and Social Science

The American Bar Foundation and Northwestern University are committed to developing the next generation of scholars in the field of law and social science. The purpose of the fellowship is to encourage original and significant research on law, the legal profession, and legal institutions.

Applications will open in early September with a deadline in mid-January.

For this ABF/Northwestern Doctoral Fellowship, applications are nominated by Northwestern University’s Provost Office from outstanding Northwestern students who are candidates for Ph.D. degrees in the social sciences. Final selection is made by the American Bar Foundation’s Doctoral Fellowship Committee. Applicants must have completed all doctoral requirements
except the dissertation by September 1, 2018. Doctoral and proposed research must be in the general area of sociolegal studies or in social scientific approaches to law, the legal profession, or legal institutions. The research must address significant issues in the field and show promise of a major contribution to social scientific understanding of law and legal process.  

Fellows receive a stipend of $35,000 for 12 months. Fellows also may request up to $1,500 to reimburse expenses associated with research, travel to meet with advisors, or travel to conferences at which papers are presented. 

Fellowships are held 
in residence at the American Bar Foundation. 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 other scholars in residence.

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