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Frequently Asked Questions: Doctoral Fellowships

Does the ABF encourage submissions from those who did not receive an award in a previous year?

There is no typical answer to this question, since individuals’ circumstances change from year to year. There may be some applicants who have been encouraged to re-apply, but the ABF does not have a policy to either encourage or discourage re-application.

Will the ABF consider applications that address inequality outside the U.S. context? 

Yes, your research does not have to be U.S. focused.

Is there an acceptable range in the length of submitted proposals?

We do not have any required guidelines for the proposal – most people submit a chapter or article length proposal, or what you currently have completed for your dissertation proposal.

The narrative proposal is suggested to be “chapter/article length” – is there a recommended length for this requirement?

We do not see a typical length proposal. We do not have strict character or word count limits in the application. The idea is for applicants to present their strongest version of their research proposal. Our aim is not to constrain the applicant, but the proposal need not necessarily be chapter/article length, either.

Are your fellowships restricted by bar affiliation or U.S. citizenship?

There is no restriction by bar affiliation, but only U.S. citizens and permanent residents can apply for the ABF/NSF Fellowship Program in Law & Inequality. For the ABF/AccessLex Institute Fellowship Program in Legal & Higher Education, non-U.S. citizens can apply, but we are unable to sponsor an H1-B visa.

Are the applications for each fellowship program considered separately? Am I eligible to apply to more than one?

The appointments committee will be considering applications for each fellowship program separately, so if you are interested in more than one, you should apply to each fellowship separately.

Are there any specifications or preferences about the form of the writing sample (e.g. dissertation chapter, published solo-authored article, etc.)?

We have no preferences or limitations.

How strongly do you recommend submitting an additional writing sample? 

This is entirely up to your own discretion if you believe it will result in a stronger application.

Do you need completed letters of recommendation by January 15?

Yes, we need all materials by the posted deadline.

To whom are recommendation letters submitted?

When you apply through the Interfolio application online, during the recommendation letter section you will be prompted to enter your recommenders’ emails, and after they will receive an email request that will allow them to upload their letters directly to the Interfolio site.

Who reviews the applications?

The committee is made up of ABF faculty and their bios are listed in our annual report.

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