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Undergraduate Research Diversity Fellowships in Law and Social Science
The American Bar Foundation (ABF), among the world’s leading research institutes for the empirical and interdisciplinary study of law, is now accepting applications for two exciting fellowship opportunities:
- Summer Research Diversity Fellowship (SRDF) – Summer 2019 (8 weeks)
- LSAC Research Diversity Fellowship – June 2019 to May 2020 (Chicago area applicants only)
Supported by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), the Kenneth F. and Harle G. Montgomery Foundation, and Walmart, these fellowships are designed to introduce undergraduate students to the rewards and demands of a research-oriented career in the field of law and social science.
From June 3 to July 31, 2019, Fellows will work full-time at the ABF’s office in Chicago and receive a stipend of $3,600. Each Fellow will be assigned to work on a specific research project with an experienced ABF scholar, participate in various in-house seminars, and go on field visits to law firms, social justice nonprofits, and criminal courtrooms. They will also have the opportunity to sit in on graduate level classes and meet with admissions representatives from local law schools.
The LSAC Research Diversity Fellow will continue their fellowship after the summer and work as a part-time research assistant at the ABF for a full academic year.
The goal of these fellowships is to encourage a diverse and inclusive community in the fields of law and social science. Individuals who are diverse and underrepresented in both fields, and who demonstrate a commitment to diversity with respect to economic background, religious affiliation, race, ethnicity, disability, military experience, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity, are encouraged to apply.
Only sophomores and juniors attending colleges and universities in the U.S. will be considered. Applicants must have a grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). The LSAC Research Diversity Fellow must attend a Chicago-area university or college.
Candidates must apply via Interfolio. Required materials include:
- Two brief essays on topics indicated in the application form online.
- A writing sample from any academic discipline.
- Unofficial transcript of academic courses.
- One letter of recommendation (non-confidential is acceptable) from a faculty member familiar with the student’s academic work.
- Resume or academic CV.
Applications will open on November 15, 2018. Completed applications must be received by February 15, 2019. Due to the large volume of applications, late applications cannot be reviewed. Selections will be announced in April 2019.
To apply online for either fellowship, please visit: https://apply.interfolio.com/56958
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