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Harvard Law School is pleased to announce the 2017 Summer Academic Fellowship Program.  The Fellowship is for HLS students interested in pursuing academic careers in law, particularly as law professors.  It is designed to give students the opportunity to write and eventually publish a scholarly paper.

The Fellowship is available only to current HLS JD, LLM, and SJD students (including students graduating in May, 2017).  Fellows are free to work part-time jobs or prepare for the bar exam during the Fellowship as long as they can find sufficient time to complete their writing projects.  All Fellows must be in residence at HLS for at least one week over the course of the summer (any one week).  Students may apply for 1-3 weeks.  Priority for the Summer Academic Fellowships may be given to students who have not previously been awarded a Summer Academic Fellowship.  All Fellows will receive a weekly stipend.

Applicants for the Fellowship must secure a Faculty Adviser who will be committed to supervising their project and with whom they will be able to work closely over the course of the Fellowship.

Applications for the Fellowship are due on or before Monday, February 6, 2017.

Please submit the following application materials:

  1. Summer Academic Fellowship Application Form;
  2. Resume or curriculum vitae;
  3. A proposal of not more than 2,000 words describing the project to be undertaken.  For writing already in progress, you should submit a draft along with a brief description of how you plan to develop it into publishable scholarship;
  4. A brief recommendation (a single paragraph is enough) from the applicant’s faculty adviser, submitted directly to, speaking to the scholarly potential of the project and of the applicant more generally.

All Summer Academic Fellowship application materials should be emailed as a single PDF document to with the following subject line: “2017 Summer Academic Fellowship Application.”