The Weinstein JAMS International Fellowship Program, inaugurated in 2008, provides opportunities for qualified individuals from outside the United States to study dispute resolution processes and practices in the U.S. to assist them in their efforts to advance the resolution of disputes in their home countries.
The JAMS Foundation will approve Fellowships of up to $20,000 in support of projects outlined by Fellowship applicants. The Program is intended for individuals who have demonstrated experience with and commitment to the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and who seek to increase the availability of dispute resolution education, training and services in their own countries and beyond.
The Fellowship Program is designed to be flexible and open to innovation, and applicants are encouraged to be creative in pursuing activities in the U.S. that will serve to expand the use of ADR in their home countries.
Fellowships may be from one month to four months in duration. While applicants may propose activities lasting longer than four months, Fellowship funding is limited to the Fellowship period.
It is anticipated that Fellows will come from countries that do not have an established culture of using alternative dispute resolution (ADR) for cases in litigation. Part of Fellows' time in the U.S. will be spent observing how JAMS administers and resolves such cases.
Depending on the nature of their proposal, Fellows may also participate in university-based programs or be affiliated with other organizations or institutions that may help to advance their interests and goals. Such affiliations can take many forms, from formal enrollment in graduate degree programs to more informal arrangements providing varying degrees of access and support.
Please note that pursuant to U.S. State Department regulations, the JAMS Foundation is not an approved 'Sponsor' with regard to the issuance of visas to foreign nationals. While the JAMS Foundation will make every effort to help facilitate visa applications of Weinstein Fellows, Fellows are individually responsible for obtaining the necessary visa for the purposes and duration of their Fellowship.
Please also note that pursuant to U.S. Internal Revenue Service regulations, Fellowship funding is subject to taxation as income. This tax may be affected by a number of factors, including recipient's country of origin, whether that country has a tax treaty with the U.S., and the purpose for which Fellowship funds are used. Additional information regarding the taxation of income to foreign nationals is available at www.irs.gov.
Fellowship applications for 2016 must be received by November 20, 2015 in order to be eligible for consideration, and may be submitted electronically or in hard copy.
Applications will be reviewed by the JAMS Foundation Board of Directors at their first quarterly meeting of 2016. Final selection of 2016 Fellows will be announced in March, 2016.
Complete application submissions must include the following:
- Fellowship Application Form (downloadable in Word and PDF formats below)
- Curriculum Vitae
- Two Signed Letters of Recommendation *
*Letters of Recommendation may be included with your application or sent directly from the recommending party. If submitted electronically, letters must be signed, scanned and sent in PDF or comparable format.
Click to download the Fellowship application form in Microsoft Word or PDF format.