ABF/JPB Foundation Access to Justice Postdoctoral Fellow

The American Bar Foundation (ABF) and the JPB Foundation invite emerging scholars interested in studying access to civil justice to join the ABF’s intellectual community for the ABF/JPB Foundation Access to Justice Scholars Program. The program expands empirical access to civil justice scholarship by encouraging scholars to engage with this bourgeoning research field. The program brings together two cohorts of Faculty Scholars serving overlapping 18-month terms and one one-year Postdoctoral Fellow serving a 12-month term to support their research, mentor their progress, and build the intellectual relationships needed to grow the access to justice field. While in residence, the Postdoctoral Fellow will have the opportunity to conduct their own research in an empirical and interdisciplinary research environment, and benefit from the academic and administrative resources of the ABF.

More information about the program and past faculty scholars is available here.

Application Deadline

Applications for the ABF/JPB Foundation Access to Justice Postdoctoral Fellow are now closed. Check back next fall for position openings.


The postdoctoral scholarship will be held in residence at the ABF’s headquarters in Chicago, IL. The fellowship may begin between May 1, 2024 and October 1, 2024, and will last for one year. 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. Because this is a full-time program, the ABF does not allow fellows to hold concurrent fellowships, but we support and encourage fellows to apply for research grants.