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ABF Doctoral / Postdoctoral Fellowships Program in Law & Inequality

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 pre-doctoral fellowship and possibly a postdoctoral fellowship.  Applications are invited from outstanding students who are candidates for Ph.D. dress who have completed all doctoral requirements except the dissertation by September 1, 2017.  In addition, applicants who will have completed the dissertation prior to September 1, 2017 are also welcome to apply.  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.  Students from underrepresented minority groups are espcially encouraged to apply.

Fellows will receive a stipend of $35,000 per year to up to two academic years (24 months).  Continuing graduate students will receive benefits through their university.  Recent graduates will receive benefits through the ABF.  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.

Fellowships are award for up to 24 months, beginning September 1, 2017.

Application Process
Applicants must include: (1) a dissertation abstract or proposal 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.

Applications for this fellowship must be received no later than January 15, 2017.

Please submit your complete application for the ABF Doctoral/Postdoctoral Fellowship in Law & Inequality throug the following url:  Direct all questions or concerns relating to your application submission to Lucinda Underwood,  312.988.6573 or Trish Roos,  312.988.6520