Visiting Fellowships in Law and Social Change - Harvard Law School

Publish Date: Oct 17, 2016

Deadline: Jan 01, 2017


Harvard Law School’s Islamic Legal Studies Program: Law and Social Change (ILSP: LSC) invites applications for Visiting Fellowships for the 2017-2018 academic year. This fellowship program provides opportunities for outstanding scholars and legal practitioners to undertake research, writing, and scholarly engagement on Islamic law in ways that span traditional and interdisciplinary academic disciplines consistent with 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 rights, and constitutional law.

We welcome applicants with a JD, LLM, SJD, PhD or other comparable degree who are interested in spending one month to one year in residence at Harvard Law School working on an independent project related to the general theme of law and social change. We seek applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds, academic traditions, and scholarly interests. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

Fellows will receive a stipend of up to $5,000 per month. Fellows will be expected to participate in Program activities and contribute to the intellectual life of the Program.  The deadline to submit applications is January 1, 2017.


To apply for a Visiting Fellowship in Law and Social Change for 2017-2018, 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  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.


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.


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 may apply for membership in the Harvard Faculty Club. The Club serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner Monday through Friday. There is no membership fee and members are billed monthly for meals taken at the Club.


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 or +1.617.496.5145.

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