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Fostering the Next Generation: Three Decades of the ABF Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowship Programs

Winter 2019

Researching Law, Vol. 30, No. 1

In 1987, the American Bar Foundation (ABF) established the first Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship in Law and Social Science for Ph.D. students whose research focused on sociolegal studies and social scientific approaches to law, legal processes and legal institutions. In the same year, the ABF launched fellowships for students from minority backgrounds to combat the lack of minority scholars involved in the empirical investigation of law. Thirty-one years later, the ABF’s fellowship program continues to thrive and has expanded into a robust program that helps foster the next generation of prominent sociolegal scholars. This issue of Researching Law details the history of the ABF’s Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowship Programs.