2017 ABF Doctoral/Postdoctoral Fellowships Program in Law & Inequality, USA

  • Phd
  • 15 January 2017

The American Bar Foundation is inviting applications for doctoral/postdoctoral fellowships programme in the field of law & inequality for the academic year 2017-2018.

The American Bar Foundation (ABF) is committed to developing the next generation of scholars in the field of law and social science.  The purpose of the fellowship is to encourage original and significant empirical and interdisciplinary research on the study of law and inequality.

Applicants must have good command over the English language.


Pending budgetary approval, the ABF will support several doctoral fellowships and one postdoctoral fellowship.  For the doctoral fellowships, applications are invited from outstanding students who are candidates for PhD degrees and who have completed all doctoral requirements except the dissertation by September 1, 2017. For the postdoctoral fellowship, applications are invited from scholars who have recently received their Ph.D.s (within the last two years) or who will have completed the dissertation by September 1, 2017.
Doctoral or proposed research must be in the general area of sociolegal studies or involve social scientific approaches to the law, legal institutions, or legal processes.  The research must address significant issues in the field and show promise of a major contribution to the social scientific understanding of law and inequality.  Individuals from underrepresented minority groups are especially encouraged to apply.


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Doctoral Fellows will receive a stipend of $35,000 per year for up to two academic years.
Postdoctoral Fellow will receive a stipend of $60,000 per year for up to three academic years and benefits through the ABF.


Applicants must include:

  • A dissertation proposal or writing sample with an outline of the substance and methods of the research;
  • Two letters of reference, one of which must be from a supervisor of the dissertation; and
  • A curriculum vitae.

In addition, at the applicant’s option, a short sample of written work may be submitted.

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