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ABF Doctoral/Postdoctoral Fellowships Program in Law & Inequality

Applications for the ABF Doctoral/Postdoctoral Fellowships in Law & Inequality are now closed until the 2017-18 academic year.  

ABF Doctoral/Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Law & Inequality

The American Bar Foundation (ABF) is 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 empirical and interdisciplinary research on the study of law and inequality.

Pending budgetary approval, the ABF will support several doctoral fellowships and one postdoctoral fellowship.  For the doctoral fellowships, 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, 2017. For the postdoctoral fellowship, applications are invited from scholars who have recently received their Ph.D.s (within the last two years) or who will have completed the dissertation by September 1, 2017. 

Doctoral or proposed research must be in the general area of sociolegal 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 social scientific understanding of law and inequality.  Individuals from underrepresented minority groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Awards and Term
Doctoral and postdoctoral fellowships will be held in residence at the ABF’s headquarters in Chicago, IL and are expected to begin on September 1, 2017. Doctoral Fellows will receive a stipend of $35,000 per year for up to two academic years.  Continuing graduate students will be required to receive benefits through their degree-granting university.  The Postdoctoral Fellow will receive a stipend of $60,000 per year for up to three academic years, and benefits through the ABF.  All 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.

Application Process
Applicants must include: (1) a dissertation proposal or writing sample with an outline of the substance and methods of the research; (2) two letters of reference, one of which must be from a supervisor of the dissertation; and (3) a curriculum vitae.  In addition, at the applicant's option, a short sample of written work may be submitted.

Please submit your complete application for the ABF Doctoral/Postdoctoral Fellowship in Law & Inequality through the following url: Direct all questions or concerns relating to your application submission to Lucinda Underwood, 312.988.6573 or Julian Perez,  312.988.6631.

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