Fellowships

To Apply for a Visiting Fellowship in Law and Social Change

The deadline for applying for a fellowship for the upcoming academic year has passed. The information below remains for reference only.

To apply for a Visiting Fellowship in Law and Social Change for 2019–2020, please submit the following materials via the online application form:

  • a curriculum vitae
  • a recent publication or a writing sample (approximately 25 pages in length). All publications or writing samples should be in English.
  • a research statement, not to exceed 1000 words, that: 1) describes the proposed work during the fellowship period. The proposal should outline a specific research project that can be accomplished during the Fellow’s residence at Harvard Law School; and 2) sets forth a specific work output for the completed project (e.g., book, article, database/website entries).

You will be asked to arrange that two letters of recommendation be sent directly from your referees to the Program via our online application system. The application form includes a separate link for you to provide your referees.

Application Deadline

All application materials (including letters of recommendation) must be received no later than February 1, 2019 via our online application form. Letters of recommendation should be sent directly from the referee to the Program via the online system (link in the application form or here). Late applications will not be considered. Applicants may expect emailed notification of Fellowship decisions by early March.

Note: When you access the application form, you should be ready to enter all request information and to upload all supporting documents (CV, research proposal, and publication/writing sample), as the form cannot be saved.

Additional Information

Funding and Facilities

Fellows will receive a stipend of up to $5,000 per month, commensurate with their education and experience. ILSP: LSC will pay the monthly Law School appointment fee for the duration of a Fellow’s stay at the Program, which will ensure, among other things, library access to all Harvard University libraries, access to University recreational facilities (for an additional fee), an email account at the Law School, membership in the Faculty Club, and free admission to University museums. Visiting Fellows will receive an office at ILSP: LSC or in the Harvard Law Library.

Terms of Appointment

Fellowship terms are variable, from a minimum of one month to a maximum of one academic year.

Residence Requirements

With exceptions for a limited amount of personal and professional travel, Visiting Fellows are expected to be in residence at ILSP: LSC throughout the term of their appointment in order to foster an intellectual community, share ideas, and contribute to Program projects and events.

Housing

ILSP: LSC does not provide housing. No housing should be expected in University apartments or dormitory rooms, for which Harvard faculty and students have priority. Fellows are encouraged to seek outside housing several months before arriving in Cambridge, preferably in person. There is information on housing on the Harvard International Office website.

Health Insurance

All visiting fellows must show proof of adequate health insurance. Those who do not already possess such insurance can access information on obtaining Harvard Affiliate Health Insurance at the Harvard University Health Services website. A less expensive plan, available by the month, has been negotiated by Harvard’s International Office for international scholars.

Faculty Club

Fellows are allowed access to the Harvard Faculty Club. The Club serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner Monday through Friday.

Activities

Fellows may take advantage of a wealth of cultural and academic extracurricular offerings available to the Harvard community on a daily basis. Visiting fellows should come prepared to share their professional experience and expertise, and will have opportunities to meet other scholars through functions organized by numerous groups and programs at Harvard Law School and other parts of the University.

Appointment as a Visiting Fellow does not entitle the individual to participation in any Harvard degree program.

For any questions or for further information, please address queries to Ceallaigh Reddy, ILSP: LSC’s Program Administrator, at creddy@law.harvard.edu or +1.617.496.5145.

To Apply for a Program in Islamic Law Visiting Fellowship

Please note: this fellowship was formerly called the ILSP: SHARIAsource Visiting Fellowship. To apply for a Program in Islamic Law Visiting Fellowship for 2019-2020, please submit the following materials via the online application form:

  • a curriculum vitae
  • two recent publication or a writing sample: one op-ed length article or blog post; and an academic publication (approximately 25 pages in length). All publications or writing samples should be in English.
  • a research statement, not to exceed 1000 words, that describes the proposed work during the fellowship period. The proposal should outline research on in your area of expertise related to contemporary or historical issues of Islamic law, that will make an impact on media, academic, and policy circles. The proposal should further outline a specific project that can be accomplished during the Fellow’s residence at Harvard Law School in that vein, outlining specific activities that the fellow will complete to engage those circles, with a note on the expected impact. For example, completing the writing and distribution of policy papers, meetings with policymakers and journalists, maintaining a blog in conjunction with scholars associated with the Program in Islamic Law — the online portal for Islamic law content and context, and other ideas are all welcome. Applicants need not have a final plan for the distribution, but be open to proposing and finalizing ideas with the leadership at the Program if selected for the fellowship.
  • At least 2 recommendation letters, which must not accompany your electronic application. Your references must fill in the recommendation form and upload their letters at the referee link. The application system will not automatically send your recommender the recommendation form. You must send the link directly to your references by clicking on the link and directing them to the URL.
 
Application Deadline

The deadline to submit all application materials (including letters of recommendation) is 1 February 2019. Full details.

Note: When you access the application form, you should be ready to enter all request information and to upload all supporting documents (CV, research proposal, and publication/writing sample), as the form cannot be saved.

Additional Information

Funding and Facilities

Fellowships may be non-stipendiary or stipendiary, with a stipend of up to $5,000 per month. ILSP: Program in Islamic Law will pay the monthly Law School appointment fee for the duration of a Fellow’s stay at the Program, which will ensure, among other things, library access to all Harvard University libraries, access to University recreational facilities (for an additional fee), an email account at the Law School, membership in the Faculty Club, and free admission to University museums. Visiting Fellows will receive an office at ILSP: Program in Islamic Law or in the Harvard Law Library.

Terms of Appointment

Fellowship terms can be one or two semesters in length.

Activities

Fellows will be expected to participate in Program activities, contribute to the intellectual life of the Program and the Portal, and are encouraged to organize one or more academic events related to their fellowship project. Fellows may take advantage of a wealth of cultural and academic extra-curricular offerings available to the Harvard community on a daily basis. Visiting fellows should come prepared to share their professional experience and expertise, and will have opportunities to meet other scholars through functions organized by numerous groups and programs at Harvard Law School and other parts of the University.

For any questions or for further information, please address queries to Sharon Tai, Deputy Editor at the Program in Islamic Law, at stai@law.harvard.edu or +1.617.495.0580

To Apply for a Program in Islamic Law Senior Fellowship 

Please note: this fellowship was formerly called the ILSP: SHARIAsource Senior Fellowship. The Program in Islamic Law is now accepting application for Senior Fellowships, which are designed to provide tenured professors in the field the opportunity to spend an academic year, semester, or shorter period in residence at Harvard Law School to conduct their own research. Successful applicants will be tenured professors with at least one published book. Please note that these fellowships are typically non-stipendiary, but provide workspace (as available), a Harvard ID and affiliation, and access to the Harvard Library and intellectual community. 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, research period, and a CV to shariasource@law.harvard.edu, with the subject heading Program in Islamic Law Senior Fellowships. Applications due 1 Feb 2019.

To Apply for a Visiting Fellowship in Law and Social Change

To apply for a Visiting Fellowship in Law and Social Change for 2018–2019, please submit the following materials via the online application form:

  • a curriculum vitae
  • a recent publication or a writing sample (approximately 25 pages in length). All publications or writing samples should be in English.
  • a research statement, not to exceed 1000 words,  that: 1) describes the proposed work during the fellowship period. The proposal should outline a specific research project that can be accomplished during the Fellow’s residence at Harvard Law School;  and 2) sets forth a specific work output for the completed project (e.g., book, article, database/website entries).

You will be asked to arrange that TWO letters of recommendation be sent directly from your referees to the Program via our online application system. The application form includes a separate link for you to provide your referees. If more than two letters are sent, there is no guarantee that all letters will be read.

Application Deadline

All application materials (including letters of recommendation) must be received no later than January 1, 2018 via our online application form. Letters of recommendation should be sent directly from the referee to the Program via the online system. Late applications will not be considered. Applicants may expect emailed notification of Fellowship decisions in early February.

Note: When you access the application form, you should be ready to enter all request information and to upload all supporting documents (CV, research proposal, and publication/writing sample), as the form cannot be saved.

Additional Information

Funding and Facilities

Fellows will receive a stipend of up to $5,000 per month. ILSP: LSC will pay the monthly Law School appointment fee for the duration of a Fellow’s stay at the Program, which will ensure, among other things, library access to all Harvard University libraries, access to University recreational facilities (for an additional fee), an email account at the Law School, membership in the Faculty Club, and free admission to University museums. Visiting Fellows will receive an office at ILSP: LSC or in the Harvard Law Library.

Terms of Appointment

Fellowship terms are variable, from a minimum of one month to a maximum of one year.

Residence Requirements

With exceptions for a limited amount of personal and professional travel, Visiting Fellows are expected to be in residence at ILSP: LSC throughout the term of their appointment in order to foster an intellectual community, share ideas, and contribute to Program projects and events.

Housing

ILSP: LSC does not provide housing. No housing should be expected in University apartments or dormitory rooms, for which Harvard faculty and students have priority. Accepted fellows are encouraged to seek outside housing several months before arriving in Cambridge, preferably in person. There is information on housing on the Harvard International Office website.

Health Insurance

All visiting fellows must show proof of having adequate health insurance. Those who do not already possess such insurance can access information on obtaining Harvard Affiliate Health Insurance at the Harvard University Health Services website. A less expensive plan, available by the month, has been negotiated by Harvard’s International Office for international scholars.

Courses

Visiting Fellows may audit one course in any unit at Harvard University on a non-credit basis per semester, with permission of the instructor. There is no tuition charge for auditing courses. Visiting Fellows do not have faculty status. Appointment as a Visiting Fellow does not entitle the individual to participation in any Harvard degree program.

Faculty Club

Fellows are allowed access to the Harvard Faculty Club. The Club serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner Monday through Friday.

Activities

Fellows may take advantage of a wealth of cultural and academic extra-curricular offerings available to the Harvard community on a daily basis. Visiting fellows should come prepared to share their professional experience and expertise, and will have opportunities to meet other scholars through functions organized by numerous groups and programs at Harvard Law School and other parts of the University.

For any questions or for further information, please address queries to Ceallaigh Reddy, ILSP: LSC’s Program Administrator, at creddy@law.harvard.edu or +1.617.496.5145.