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Harvard University - Fellowship on Policy-related Aspects of Islamic Law, USA

Publish Date: Oct 17, 2016

Deadline: Oct 21, 2016

About the Program

The ILSP/SHARIAsource Research Fellowship Program provides opportunities for post-doctoral and faculty-level scholars to conduct research on policy-related aspects of Islamic law during the 2016-2017 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 is a semester in length, starting in January 2017. All fellowships carry a stipend, access to a work space, Harvard Law Library privileges, as well as the support of the ILSP/SHARIAsource community. We encourage applications from women, minorities, and citizens of all countries.

The deadline for applications is Friday, October 21, 2016. Late applications will not 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, and a CV to pberan@law.harvard.edu.

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.


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

To apply 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;  2) sets forth a specific work output for the completed project (e.g., book, article, database/website entries); c) identifies a research stream(s) in which the applicant’s research falls.

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 applications must be received no later than January 1, 2017 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.

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