Fellowships in Legal Studies

Baldy Center.

The Baldy Center awards several fellowships each year to scholars pursuing important topics in law, legal institutions, and social policy. 

The 2021 Call for Fellowship Applications will be announced in October. Stay tuned.

The Baldy Center awards a limited number of fellowships to scholars pursuing important topics in law, legal institutions, and social policy. Fellows are expected to participate in The 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, etc.), and are encouraged to develop collaborative research projects with University at Buffalo faculty members where appropriate.

Mid-Career and Senior Fellowships are awarded to established scholars who wish to work at The Baldy Center, typically during a funded sabbatical or research leave. Applications are invited from mid-career and senior scholars from law, the humanities, and the social and natural sciences. Awardees will receive a living expense allowance of $1,800 per month during the period of their residence as well as limited relocation assistance. Senior Fellows typically spend one semester in residence, but other terms are possible. The mid-career and senior fellowships application window is expected to open in Fall 2021, pending pandemic conditions.

Post-Doctoral Fellowships are awarded to individuals who have completed the PhD or JD, but have yet to begin a tenure track, academic appointment. Previously, our post-doctoral fellows have received annual stipends in the range of $40,000, over a period of two years. The fellowships application window is expected to open in Fall 2021, pending pandemic conditions.

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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. 

The 2021 Call for Fellowship Applications will be announced in mid-October. Stay tuned.

FAQ: Residency

Q: Do The Baldy Center fellowships require a full year residency?
A: Mid-Career and Senior Fellowships only require one semester or possibly one quarter, although we encourage Mid-Career and Senior Fellows to stay longer if possible. 

Q: Are fellowships available during the entire year, including during summer months?
A: Yes, although fellows are required to be in residence only during the academic year. For those who wish to stay during the summer, it is possible to adjust the stipend payment schedule to ensure continuing income during the summer. 

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 SUNY 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 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, as Visiting Scholars who, in most cases, may be eligible for J1 Visas. See further information here: UB Immigration Services.


Fellowships in Legal Studies

NOTE: Our 2021 application portal opens in mid-October.

Complete the required application form on or before due date, to be announced. Once you begin the application form, you can 'Save for Later' to receive a secure link to your draft form (that link expires after 30 days). When you 'Submit' your application, it cannot be revised. 


  1. When there is a "Call for Applications", access the Fellowship Application;
  2. Fill-in the form;
  3. Upload each of six required documents (listed below) in PDF format;
  4. 'Save & Resume Later' or 'Submit' when the steps 1 to 3 are complete.


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

PDF Document 2. Research Plan (3-pages) 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.

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

PDF Document 4. Project Bibliography (1-page)

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

PDF 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 Document:  If required for J1 visa documentation.