Fellowships

Who is eligible

Policy Fellow at ILSP: SHARIAsource

The SHARIAsource Research Fellowship Program provides opportunities for post-doctoral and faculty-level scholars to conduct research on policy-related aspects of Islamic law, which we interpret broadly, during the 2017-2018 academic year.  In addition to research conducted to benefit their own pursuits, fellows support the development of policy papers at the intersection of Islamic law and relevant issues of US policy: including short commentary on recent cases or other Islamic law sources, longer policy briefs, or op-eds. All materials will be considered for publication on the SHARIAsource portal and blog. Produced material will be credited to the fellow.

Conceptions of Islamic law and definitions of policy used by SHARIAsource are broad and inclusive. Topics of study can range widely and include Islamic law and legal history covering both intellectual and social history, of any period, studies of Islamic legal theory and legal interpretation, legal maxims, and substantive law to legal institutions, judicial procedure, and important figures in Islamic legal history.

The fellowship term can be one or two semesters in length, starting in September 2017. Fellowships may carry a stipend, and all have access to a workspace, Harvard Law Library privileges, as well as the support of the SHARIAsource community. We encourage applications from women, minorities, and citizens of all countries.

The deadline for applications is rolling. An initial deadline is Monday, January 9, 2017. Late applications will be considered. To apply, please send a letter of interest, including a short description of proposed research, four to six topic areas for consideration as commentaries that link Islamic law and policy, details on whether you are seeking one or two semesters, and a CV to pberan@law.harvard.edu, Executive Director, SHARIAsource at Harvard Law School.

ILSP Senior Scholar Fellowships

The ILSP Senior Scholar Fellowship is designed to provide senior scholars in the field the opportunity to spend an academic year, semester, or shorter period in residence at ILSP to research a topic of his/her choice. Successful applicants will be tenured professors with at least one published book. Please note that these fellowships are non-stipendiary. Fellowship opportunities are subject to space and other considerations.

Interested scholars should send a letter of interest, including a short description of the proposed research, and a CV to ilsp@law.harvard.edu.

Visiting Fellowships in Law and Social Change

The deadline for applying for an ILSP Visiting Fellowship for 2017–2018 has passed. The following remains posted for informational purposes only.

Harvard Law School’s Islamic Legal Studies Program: Law and Social Change invites applications for Visiting Fellowships for the 2017–2018 academic year. This fellowship provides opportunities for outstanding scholars and legal practitioners to undertake research, writing, and scholarly engagement on Islamic law that furthers the Program’s mission. We are particularly interested in applicants whose work focuses on human rights, women’s rights, children’s rights, minority rights, animal welfare, constitutional law, food law, environmental law and climate change, migration and refugee studies, and related areas.

We welcome applicants with a JD, LLM, SJD, PhD or other comparable degree who are interested in spending from one month up to one year in residence at Harvard Law School working on an independent project. We seek applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds, academic traditions, and scholarly interests.

Fellows will receive a stipend of up to $5,000 per month. Fellows will be expected to participate in Program activities, contribute to the intellectual life of the Program, and are encouraged to organize one or more academic events related to their Fellowship project.

Click here for additional information and how to apply. The deadline to submit applications is January 1, 2017.