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Harvard Law School is pleased to announce the opportunity to apply for both residential and non-residential fellowships under the 2018 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 and eventually publish a scholarly paper under the guidance of a faculty mentor who is a 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 2018).

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.

Non-Residential Summer Academic Fellowships

Accepted fellows who will not be in residence in Cambridge during the summer of 2018 receive guidance on their projects from their faculty mentors and access to the library’s collections and databases throughout the summer. (It is anticipated that the selection of non-residential fellows will be highly competitive. It is likely not all applicants will be selected for the fellowship.)

Residential Summer Academic Fellowships

Accepted fellows who will be in residence in Cambridge during the summer of 2018 also receive guidance on their projects from their faculty mentors and access to the library’s collections and databases throughout the summer. Resident fellows also receive a weekly stipend of $600. Applicants may apply for up to eight weeks of funding, but if accepted they must be in residence for the entire period funded under the program. During weeks funded, accepted fellows are expected to work on their projects full-time; that is, accepted fellows may not also work at law firms or elsewhere during weeks funded. Residential fellows should devote their full working capacities to the project during the weeks funded under the program. (It is anticipated that the selection of residential fellows will be highly competitive. It is likely not all applicants will receive funding for the fellowship, and equally likely some may not be funded for the full number of weeks requested.)

Applications for the Fellowship are due on Friday, February 9, 2018.

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 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.

All Summer Academic Fellowship application materials should be emailed to summerfellowship@law.harvard.edu with the subject line: “2018 Summer Academic Fellowship Application.”