Law Faculty Research Funding: Residential-United States & Canada
Descriptions and links to sources for funding of law faculty research projectsLast Updated: Feb 14, 2023 12:47 PM
American Association of University Women
- American Fellowships Summer/Short-Term Research Publication GrantsDescription: To "provide support to scholars to prepare research manuscripts for publication and to independent researchers to prepare research for publication."
Availability: Non- tenured Women scholars
Duration: 8 week grant period
Deadline: November 1, 2020 11:59 PM CDT
- Society for the Humanities, Cornell UniversityDescription: "The Society for the Humanities at Cornell University seeks interdisciplinary research projects for residential fellowships that reflect on the theme of energy, its past, present, and futures."
Availability: "Fellows should be working on topics related to the 2021-22 theme of Afterlives. Their approach to the humanities should be broad enough to appeal to students and scholars in several humanistic disciplines. Applicants must have received the Ph.D. degree before January 1, 2020. The Society for the Humanities will not consider applications from scholars who received the Ph.D. after this date. Applicants must also have one or more years of teaching experience, which may include teaching as a graduate student. International scholars are welcome to apply, contingent upon visa eligibility."
Duration: one academic year.
Deadline: October 1, 2020
- Safra Foundation Fellowships in EthicsDescription: "The Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University invites applications from a broad range of researchers and practitioners who will work over the course of the year on pressing issues in ethics. Faculty in arts and sciences and professional schools, postdoctoral scholars, practitioners, and researchers from industry, government, and NGOs are eligible to apply."
Availability: "Applicants must have a PhD, professional degree, or a minimum of 5 years of equivalent professional experience, and any discipline or professional field will be considered."
Duration: academic year
Amount: $42,000 to $53,000 depending on experience. Home institutions expected to contribute at least half salary and benefits
Deadline: The application cycle for the 2020-2021 academic year is now closed
- The Charles Warren Center for American History at Harvard UniversityDescription: "The 2020-21 Warren Center Faculty Fellowship will be on the theme of Religion and Public Life in Colonial North America and the United States led by Catherine Brekus (Religion), David Holland (Religion), and Jim Kloppenberg (History)."
Availability: "Applicants may not be degree candidates and should have a Ph.D. or equivalent."
Duration: Nine months
Amount: $66,500 maximum
National Humanities Center
- National Humanities CenterDescription: "Fellowships for advanced study in the humanities."
Availability: “Mid-career scholars as well as senior scholars are encouraged to apply. Emerging scholars with a strong record of peer-reviewed work may also apply.”
Duration: academic year, September through May
Amount: “Individually determined ... The Center seeks to provide at least half salary.”
Deadline: October 8, 2020 11:59 PM EDT
Institute for Advanced Study
- Institute for Advanced StudyDescription: "embers are expected only to pursue their own research and participate in the seminars. The theme for 2021-22 is "Political Mobilizations and Social Movements," but applications outside the theme are also welcomed. An interdisciplinary dialogue will be fostered and applications are strongly encouraged from scholars across the social sciences, whether or not their research corresponds to the theme."
Availability: completed doctorate or equivalent is required
Duration: Full academic year
Amount: "Funding for Member stipends is individually negotiated, taking into account the applicant’s base salary and the level of sabbatical and other grant support that he or she can secure. In setting compensation, the School attempts to provide half of the current academic base salary for all Members, up to a maximum stipend of $75,000."
Deadline: November 1, 2020
Library of Congress
- Kluge Fellowships at the Library of CongressDescription: "The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress invites qualified scholars to conduct research at the Kluge Center using the Library of Congress collections and resources. The Kluge Center furnishes attractive work and discussion space for Kluge Chair holders, for distinguished visiting scholars, and for post-doctoral fellows supported by other private foundation gifts. Residents have easy access to the Library's specialized staff and to the intellectual community of Washington. The Kluge Center especially encourages humanistic and social science research that makes use of the Library's large and varied collections. Interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, or multi-lingual research is particularly welcome. Among the collections available to researchers are the world's largest law library and outstanding multi-lingual collections of books and periodicals."
Availability: "Scholars who have received a terminal advanced degree within the past seven years in the humanities, social sciences, or in a professional field such as architecture or law. Exceptions may be made for individuals without continuous academic careers."
Duration: 4 to eleven months
Amount: $5,000 per month
Deadline: July 15
The New York Public Library
- The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and WritersDescription: "The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers is an international fellowship program open to people whose work will benefit directly from access to the collections at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building—including academics, independent scholars, and creative writers (novelists, playwrights, poets)."
Availability: Fellowships will not be granted for academic projects to post-doctoral fellows or to applicants doing graduate-school dissertation research.
Duration: Nine months (September–May)
Deadline: September 25, 2020, 5 p.m. EDT
- Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty FellowshipsDescription: "Fellows devote an academic year in residence at Princeton to research and writing about topics involving human values in public and private life."
Availability: "Candidates must have a doctorate or equivalent professional degree and a strong record of research publications appropriate to their career stage." Open to scholars in all disciplines.
Duration: September 1 to July 1 - residence at Princeton
Amount: up to half of academic year salary. Typically, home institution picks up half salary.
Deadline: Program suspended 2020-21
- LAPA Fellows Program (Program in Law and Public Affairs)Description: The Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA) at Princeton University invites outstanding faculty members of any discipline, independent scholars, lawyers, and judges to apply for residential fellowships for the academic year 2019-2020. LAPA Fellows devote the major portion of their time to their own research and writing on law-related subjects of empirical, interpretive, doctrinal and/or normative significance.
Availability: All applicants must have received a doctorate, juris doctor, or an equivalent professional degree at the time of submission of the fellowship application.
Duration: Ten months
Teaching Load: Fellows may apply to teach one course in Princeton’s graduate or undergraduate programs, subject to the needs of the University, sufficient enrollment, approval of the Dean of the Faculty, and the cooperation of the sponsoring academic department.
Amount: As a general rule, Fellows receive a research salary of one-half their ten (10) month salary at their home institution, up to a maximum set each year before selection is made.
Deadline: Program suspended for 2020-21
- Shelby Cullom Davis Center FellowshipsDescription: "During the academic years 2018 and 2019, the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies will focus on the topic of “Revolutionary Change.”
Availability: Completed doctorate required
Duration: One semester, or full year if fellow can secure additional funding for the second semester
Amount: "Within the limits of its resources, it is the intent of The Davis Center to provide a salary that, when combined with the sabbatical leave funds and outside grants, equals the normal salary paid to a Fellow at his or her home university."
Deadline: December 1, 2020, 11:59 p.m. EST
- Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioral SciencesDescription: “The Center offers a residential fellowship program for scholars working in a diverse range of disciplines that contribute to advancing research and thinking in social science. Fellows represent the core social and behavioral sciences (anthropology, economics, history, political science, psychology, and sociology) but also the humanities, education, linguistics, communications, and the biological, natural, health, and computer sciences.”
Availability: “Scholars represent the core social and behavioral sciences (anthropology, economics, history, political science, psychology and sociology)” but other disciplines can apply. Ph.D., professional degree or foreign equivalent required, and s three or four years past degree
Duration: Academic year.
Amount: Up to half of participant’s annual salary. Capped at $75,000.
Deadline: Applications expected to open in autumn 2020
- Murphy Institute at Tulane Faculty FellowshipsDescription: "Fellowships are available to support outstanding faculty whose teaching and research focus on ethics, political philosophy, political theory, or questions of moral choice in areas such as, but not restricted to, business, government, law, economics, and medicine."
Availability: For full-time faculty with a related discipline at the time of application.
Duration: one academic year
Deadline: Application period expected to open in fall 2020
University of Notre Dame
- Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Studies FellowshipDescription: "The Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study awards 10-15 Faculty Fellowships annually to researchers whose work addresses the Institute’s yearly Research Theme.
During the 2021-2022 academic year, the NDIAS is sponsoring residential research projects that will deepen our understanding of Resilience. This project brings together humanists, scientists, social scientists, legal scholars, and artists to consider how organisms, people, species, and social structures adapt or fail to adapt to novel challenges and the ethical implications of such adaptation."
Availability: "faculty, scholars, public intellectuals, fellows from other institutes, and professional researchers with projects that are creative, innovative, or align with the intellectual orientation of the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study."
Duration: three weeks - one academic year
Amount: up to $60,000 (gross amount) for maximum time period. Housing, facilities, etc. included
Deadline: October 5, 2020, 11:59 PM EDT
University of Toronto
- Centre for Ethics Visiting Faculty FellowshipsDescription: Fellowships for "outstanding scholars and teachers interested in writing and conducting research about ethics during a year in residence at the University of Toronto"
Availability: “Individuals holding full-time faculty positions at other [universities] who intend to return to their permanent position at the end of their stay at the Centre for Ethics.”
Duration: September - May academic year in residence
Amount: "The Centre provides Visiting Professors with office space (depending on availability), a computer, library privileges, and access to the university’s electronic resources. (It does not provide salary replacement or administrative support.)"
- Wilson Center Residential FellowshipDescription: "The Wilson Center invites scholars, practitioners, journalists and public intellectuals to take part in its flagship International Fellowship Program and to take advantage of the opportunity to engage actively in the Center’s national mission"
Availability: "Academic candidates holding a Ph.D. or J.D."
Duration: Nine months (September–May)
Amount: The "Center tries to ensure that the fellowship award, when combined with the recipient’s other sources of income (e.g. other grants and sabbatical allowances), approximates an individual’s current level of income."
Deadline: October 1, 2020