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ABF/JPB Foundation Access to Justice Scholars Program

Applications for the 2023-24 cohort of ABF/JPB Foundation Access to Justice Scholars are now closed. 

Deadline: January 6, 2023 

The American Bar Foundation (ABF), in partnership with The JPB Foundation, is seeking a diverse group of empirical scholars interested in researching access to civil justice to join the ABF’s intellectual community for the ABF/JPB Foundation Access to Justice Scholars Program. Directed by ABF Faculty Fellow and MacArthur Award winner Rebecca Sandefur, the program brings together cohorts of faculty scholars in order to support their research, mentor their progress, and build intellectual relationships needed to grow the access to justice field. By facilitating the translation of research into practice, the program generates more effective approaches to improve justice for all. Learn more about the program in the video below.

Duration: This non-residential scholarship is for a duration of 18 months. Scholars selected for the 2023-24 cohort will be expected to attend an in-person kickoff meeting March 17-19, 2023 in Tempe, AZ. Over the course of the scholarship, Faculty Scholars will convene for additional in-person and virtual meetings. Throughout the term of the scholarship, each Scholar will be supported by ABF staff, personal mentors, and other experts who will offer guidance on publishing, getting research funding, and dissemination.

Financial Support: Faculty Scholars receive funds toward course reduction(s) in their usual teaching load and summer support. They have access to a research account to reimburse expenses associated with research or travel to conferences at which papers are presented. It is expected that the Faculty Scholar’s primary support (including benefits such as health insurance) will continue to be provided by their home institution.

Deliverables: By the end of their scholarship term, participants will submit at least one article from their access to justice research project to a peer-reviewed journal outlet and at least one proposal for research funding to a funding source external to their home institution.

Application Criteria and Section Process: Applications from empirical scholars in a broad range of disciplines and interdisciplinary programs are welcome. Individuals from groups historically underrepresented are especially encouraged to apply. There are no citizenship requirements. Non-U.S. nationals are welcome to apply; however, the ABF is unable to sponsor an H-1B visa. Comparative research is welcome, but the proposed project must include a U.S. component that would permit the project to produce insights relevant to the U.S. context.

How to Apply: Please submit all material through this URL: 

If you have questions about the application process or the position, please direct inquiries to with the subject line "ABF/JPB Foundation Access to Justice Scholars Program."

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