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ABA Doctoral/Postdoctoral Fellowship

As one of the world’s leading research institutes for the empirical and interdisciplinary study of law, the American Bar Foundation (ABF) is committed to fostering the next generation of sociolegal scholars.


The ABF is still inviting applications for the following opportunities:

1.      The ABF/Access Lex Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Legal & Higher Education

2.      The ABF/Access Lex Institute Doctoral Fellowship Program in Legal & Higher Education

3.      The ABF Doctoral Fellowship Program in Law & Inequality


These fellowships are designed to encourage original and significant research. Fellows become immersed in an exciting and diverse intellectual community and gain access to a professional network of innovative scholars. Because the ABF’s sole focus is research, there is no teaching component to these fellowships.


In addition to working on their own research, Fellows receive mentoring from a community of leading socio-legal scholars throughout the length of the fellowship. They will participate in a series of weekly in-house seminars to get acquainted with the many facets of sociolegal research and working groups to promote professional development, such writing workshops and mock job talks.


All Fellows will work at the ABF’s office in Chicago on a full-time basis from September 2020 to August 2022 and will receive an annual stipend of $35,000 for the Doctoral and $65,000 for the Postdoctoral fellowships.


Applications are due on February 15th, 2020.


The fellowships programs are featured in our recent Researching Law issue as well. For further information, please email or visit our website.

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