Fellowships in Legal Studies

Baldy Center.

THE APPLICATION PORTAL IS OPEN

The Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy at the University at Buffalo School of Law plans to award up to four fellowships to scholars pursuing important topics in law, legal institutions, and social policy. Applications for the 2022-23 academic year are invited from junior and senior scholars from law, the humanities, and the social and natural sciences. The Baldy Center welcomes scholars from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds to continue to cultivate and maintain a diverse and inclusive law school environment.

Fellows are expected to participate regularly in Baldy Center events, but otherwise have no obligations beyond vigorously pursuing their research. Fellows receive standard university research privileges (access to university libraries, high-speed Internet, office space, computer equipment, phone, website space, working paper series, etc.), and are encouraged to develop collaborative research projects with faculty members where appropriate.

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Post-Doctoral Fellowships are available to individuals who have completed the PhD or JD but have not yet begun a tenure-track appointment. Post-Doctoral Fellows will receive an annual stipend of $50,000, up to $2,000 in annual professional travel support, and limited relocation assistance. Post-doctoral fellowships are ordinarily for a period of up to two academic years. Information on current and past Baldy Post-Doctoral Fellows is here.

Mid-career and Senior Fellowships are available for established scholars who wish to work at The Baldy Center, typically during a funded sabbatical or research leave. Awardees will receive a living expense allowance of $2,000 per month during the period of their residence as well as limited relocation assistance. Senior and Mid-career Fellows typically spend one semester in residence, but other terms are possible. Information on current and past Baldy Senior Fellows is here.

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CONTACT

The Baldy Center
511 O’Brian Hall
Buffalo NY 14260
716-645-2102

Email: BaldyCenter@buffalo.edu

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AWARD CRITERA

Primary criteria for selection include intellectual strength of the proposal, significance for interdisciplinary research on law, legal institutions, and social policy, demonstrated academic achievement, and originality, clarity, and overall scholarly merit of the research plan. 

Document 1. Curriculum Vitae (text in English, listing all degrees, positions, and publications)

Document 2. Research Plan (3 pages maximum) with key citations including:
    Research questions, working hypotheses, and larger research context;
        —Importance of the project to understanding law, legal institutions, and social policy;
        —Relevance to applicant’s scholarly field;
        —Research fit with The Baldy Center's mission;
        —Expected findings.

    Methodology
        —Sources of information, including specific information about sources and/or archives
        (website, addresses, interlocutor-interviewee context, IRB requirements, etc. as relevant);
        —Strategies for obtaining information;
        —Rationale for selection of research sites, data sets, interviewees;

    Expected outcomes and products

Document 3. Career Narrative (1-page) Description of the applicant’s research trajectory, and the proposed plan’s contribution to applicant’s research.

Document 4. Project Bibliography (1-page)

Document 5. Academic writing sample. This sample may be a book chapter or article.

Document 6. Three References (1-page) List names and complete contact information (mailing address, telephone, email) for three references who agree to provide reference letters upon request.

Optional Additional Document: pertaining to J1 Visa, if applicable.


Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ: Residency

A: Mid-career and Senior Fellowships require one semester or possibly one quarter in residence. Post-doctoral Fellowships require one full year in residence at minimum, with the option for two years in residence.

Q: Are fellowships available during the entire year, including during summer months?
A: Fellows are required to be in residence only during the academic year. For Mid-Career and Senior Fellows who wish to stay during the summer, it is possible to adjust the stipend payment schedule to ensure continuing funding during the summer. Post-doctoral fellows continue to receive the stipend over the summer months.

Q: What is the expected starting date for the Mid-career and Senior Fellows?
A: September or January in most cases, but this is negotiable.

FAQ: Research

Q: I see that collaborative research with University at Buffalo faculty may be preferred. Is it necessary to try to establish these collaborations before applying, or is this something that can be done once the fellowship has been awarded?
A: No, it is not all necessary to do so before applying. We want to make it clear that we would be supportive of developing collaborative research if the opportunities arise. We do not expect that this will happen in each case.

FAQ: Eligibility

Q: Are non-U.S. citizens and residents eligible for The Baldy Center Mid-Career and Senior Fellowships?
A: Yes. The Baldy Center is interested in hosting global scholars. Immigration is not always simple, but we have structured the Fellows Program in hopes of minimizing potential difficulties. Our Fellows are not employees of The Baldy Center or the University, but rather, are Visiting Scholars who, in most cases, may be eligible for J1 Visas. See further information here: UB Immigration Services.

FAQ: One application form

Q: Is the same form used to apply for either fellowship?
A: Yes. One application form serves applicants to either fellowship. On that form, each applicant indicates which fellowship pertains to their application.

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