With support from the National Science Foundation and the Law and Society Association, the ABF hosts the Doctoral Fellowship Program in Law & Inequality. This fellowship in residence at the ABF supports original empirical and interdisciplinary research on the study of law and inequality.

Applications are invited from outstanding students who are Ph.D. candidates and who have completed all doctoral requirements except the dissertation. Doctoral research must address significant issues in the field and show promise of a major contribution to social scientific understanding of legal or higher education. Students from underrepresented minority groups are especially encouraged to apply.

The Doctoral Fellow will receive a stipend of $38,000 per year for up to two academic years (24 months). The Fellow will not be considered an employee of the ABF and must retain benefits, including healthcare, through their home institution. The Fellow will have access to a modest research account to reimburse expenses associated with research, travel to meet with advisors, or travel to conferences at which papers are presented. The Fellow will also receive a Law & Society Association (LSA) membership during the duration of the fellowship and support to attend LSA’s Annual Conference and Early Career Workshop. Reasonable relocation expenses may be reimbursed.

Only U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, and permanent residents are eligible to receive the fellowship. Please note that we do not have the institutional capacity to sponsor visas through the Department of Homeland Security.

The 2024 deadline is February 1, 2024

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