Montgomery Summer Research Diversity Fellowship

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Amount
Awarded

$3,600

Awarded

Application Deadline

February 15

Saturday
Awarded By:

American Bar Foundation

Number of Awards & Eligibility: Four awards offered annually.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. Must be a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident.
  2. Must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
  3. Must be moving toward a major in the social sciences or humanities.
  4. This award is for U.S. students.
  5. Must be a college sophomore or junior at the time of application. Please note: The student must have completed his/her sophomore or junior year and cannot have received a bachelor's degree by the time the fellowship begins.
  6. Must be African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, Native American, or Puerto Rican, OR any other individual who will add diversity to the field of law and social science such as persons with disabilities and LGBTQ persons.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: This award is available for U.S. students who are currently enrolled as college sophomores or juniors and will add diversity to the field of law and social science (e.g., ethnic minority, disabled, LGBTQ, etc.). To be eligible, the applicant must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and be working toward a degree in the social sciences or humanities.

Application requirements for the Montgomery Summer Research Diversity Fellowship are:

  • Application form
  • Essays (2)
  • Recommendation letter
  • Official Transcript
Additional Information: Located in Chicago, Illinois, the American Bar Foundation is an independent nonprofit research institute dedicated to the study of law, legal institutions, and legal processes. The Foundation conducts empirically based research on a broad range of civil and criminal justice issues. Current research areas include: professionalism and the transformation of the legal profession in the United States and abroad; the dynamics of employment discrimination disputes; the impact of civil rights law on the economic progress of minorities; jury decision making; public interest lawyering and social reform; legal history; regulatory law; the role of law in racial relations; law and globalization; and comparative constitutional law. The Foundation's research is conducted by a multidisciplinary resident research faculty with academic training in law, sociology, psychology, political science, economics, history, and anthropology. Each student will be assigned to an American Bar Foundation Research Professor who will involve the student in the professor's research project and who will act as mentor during the student's tenure. The students also will participate in a series of seminars and field visits to acquaint them with the many facets of sociolegal research and the legal system. The students will work at the American Bar Foundation's offices in Chicago, Illinois for 35 hours a week for a period of 8 weeks. The fellowship generally begins in early to mid-June. Awards will be announced by April 15.

Award Amount: Fellows will receive a $3,600 stipend during the period of the fellowship. Transportation to and from the Chicago area to participate in the program and housing will also be provided. Living expenses are not provided, other than the stipend.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $3,600.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Saturday, February 15

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Saturday, February 15

The application deadline date has not yet been finalized for this year, but is expected to remain the same as last year. The deadline date shown here is tentative based on last year's date. Please check back in December for a refreshed application deadline date. Applications are available on the American Bar Foundation (ABF) website. In addition to a completed application, the student must submit the following materials: a brief essay addressing the topics listed on the application; one letter of recommendation from a faculty member familiar with his/her work; and official transcripts of all academic courses completed at time of application. The letter of recommendation and transcripts must be sent directly to ABF by the author or registrar, or must remain in sealed envelopes if sent by the student. The application is completed online. Supporting materials should be mailed, emailed, or faxed using the contact information provided. Email is preferred. All application materials are due by the deadline.
Contact: Erin Eckhoff
Address: 750 N. Lake Shore Drive Chicago, Illinois 60611

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