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Harvard Law School will be offering the Reginald F. Lewis Fellowship for Law Teaching, with appointment expected to commence July 1, 2021. The Fellowship is designed to support a recent law graduate who has demonstrated a strong interest in legal scholarship and who is preparing for a career in law teaching.

The Lewis Fellowship program particularly supports the training of prospective law teachers who will enhance the diversity of the profession. We especially encourage applications from candidates who will diversify the legal academy. The Lewis Fellow is required to prepare at least one major article for publication. Additionally, the Lewis Fellow has an opportunity to audit courses and attend workshops at the law school. The Lewis Fellow is expected to follow a schedule of research and work to be agreed upon with the Lewis Committee.

The term for the Lewis Fellowship will be from July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022. The Lewis Fellow will receive an annual stipend of $55,000. This Fellowship may be renewed for one additional year through the mutual agreement of the Lewis Fellow and the Lewis Committee. The Lewis Fellow is expected to be in residence at Harvard Law School during the academic year.

The Reginald F. Lewis Fellowship for Law Teaching is made available through a gift from Reginald F. Lewis, a graduate of Harvard Law School (1968) and his wife, Loida Nicolas-Lewis. Shortly before his death in 1993, Mr. Lewis gave the largest grant at the time in the Law School’s history. Harvard Law School’s International Law Center was renamed in his honor. Mr. Lewis was founding CEO of TLC Beatrice Foods International. He was also the author of the book Why Should White Guys Have All the Fun?

Each interested applicant should submit:

  1. a comprehensive résumé  or curriculum vitae,
  2. a detailed (four pages maximum) description of the research and writing project that will be undertaken with a view to publication during the Fellowship,
  3. a statement of the applicant’s interest in law teaching and legal scholarship (four pages maximum), including a description of the fields in which the applicant expects to teach and pursue scholarship,
  4. copies of all transcripts, and
  5. two letters of reference addressing the applicant’s potential for success as a legal scholar and law teacher (either included with the applicant’s other materials or sent directly from the recommenders).

Only complete applications will be considered.

Application materials should be sent to with the subject line “Fellowship Application” no later than Friday, November 13, 2020.

Harvard Law School selects individuals for fellowships without discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, gender identity, religion, creed, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, military service, genetic information, or other protected status unrelated to fellowship requirements.