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Harvard Law School is pleased to announce the opportunity to apply for residential fellowships under the 2019 Summer Academic Fellowship Program.  The Fellowship is for Harvard Law School students interested in pursuing academic careers in law, particularly as law professors.  It is designed to give students the opportunity to write or complete a publishable scholarly paper under the guidance of a faculty mentor who is member of the Law School’s full-time faculty.

The Fellowship is available only to current Harvard Law School JD, LLM, and SJD students (including students who will graduate in May, 2019).

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

Accepted fellows should plan to be in residence in Cambridge during the full period of their fellowship. They will be expected to produce new scholarship or make substantive and meaningful additions to scholarship in progress that results in a publishable article of ~10,000 words. To support the development of their work, fellows will receive guidance on their projects from their faculty mentors and access to the library’s collections and databases throughout the summer. Fellows will also receive a weekly stipend of $600. Applicants may apply for up to a maximum of four weeks of funding and are expected to be residence for the entire period funded under the program. During weeks funded, fellows are expected to work on their projects full-time and may not also work at law firms or elsewhere.

It is anticipated that the selection of residential fellows will be highly competitive. It is likely that not all applicants will receive funding under the program and equally likely that not all applicants will be funded for the full number of weeks requested.

Applications for the Fellowship are due on Friday, March 29, 2019.

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, and in the case of work further developing an existing project, confirmation that the work anticipated during the fellowship meets the program’s requirements.
4)         A brief recommendation from the applicant’s faculty mentor, submitted directly to summerfellowship@law.harvard.edu, speaking to the scholarly potential of the project and of the applicant more generally, and in the case of work further developing an existing project, confirmation that the work anticipated during the fellowship meets the program’s requirements.

All Summer Academic Fellowship application materials should be emailed to summerfellowship@law.harvard.edu with the subject line: “2019 Summer Academic Fellowship Application.”