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Academic Fellowships

Penn Law offers four prestigious fellowships to encourage academic careers: The George Sharswood Fellowship, the Regulation Fellow, the CTIC Fellowship, and the Quattrone Fellowship.

The George Sharswood Fellowship

To encourage scholars committed to entering a career in legal academia, the Editorial Board of Volume 155 of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review established the first Sharswood Fellowship in 2007. Penn Law has since expanded the program so that now each year the School awards two fellowships that each fund two years of research, writing, and teaching. One of the Fellowships continues to be generously funded by the Law Review.  Recent Sharswood Fellows have gone on to tenure-track legal academic posts at law schools including Stanford, The University of California at Berkeley and the University of Pennsylvania.

Sharswood Fellows enjoy faculty access to Penn Law services and events, holding academic standing comparable to that of visiting assistant professors. Click here for a list of our current fellows and visitors.

Applications for 2016 will be received starting July 1, 2015 and will close November 15, 2015.  Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials in the summer or early fall.  Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Fellowship Requirements

Writing & Research

The Sharswood Fellow will be expected to produce at least one legal academic work of publishable quality during each year of funding. The work is expected to be of a length akin to a standard law review article.

Teaching: Academic Year 1

Spring - Fellows teach a seminar based on the subject of their research.

Teaching: Academic Year 2

Fall - Fellows teach the same seminar that they taught the previous spring.
Spring - Fellows teach a course to be determined in consultation with the dean.

Application Materials

Applicants must submit the following materials:

  1. Detailed research proposal
  2. Teaching statement (course abstract and plan for class or seminar)
  3. Writing sample(s)
  4. Curriculum vitae
  5. Law school and/or graduate school transcript(s)
  6. Three references, minimum (at least one must be an academic reference)
    (For each reference, please give name, title, mailing address, email address and telephone number.)

Letters of recommendation from references are not required.

Applicants should apply using our online application.
Questions about this program should be to sharswoodapp@law.upenn.edu.

Eligibility

Sharswood Fellow applicants must have earned a law degree or PhD or equivalent in a related field and should not yet have held a full-time tenure track legal academic appointment. The Sharswood Fellows Program provides excellent opportunities for predoctoral research for candidates who have completed a JD or for postdoctoral research. One of the Fellowships every two years is designated for Penn Law graduates.

About George Sharswood

George Sharswood was born in Philadelphia on July 7, 1810 and died on May 28, 1883. He graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania in 1828. On September 5, 1831 he was admitted to the bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He was later nominated to a position on the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, where he served from 1868 until his retirement in 1882. He served as chief justice on that court, beginning on January 6, 1879.

Sharswood was appointed professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania in 1850 and served for eighteen years. He reorganized the law school at Penn, and served as dean beginning in 1852-the year of the establishment of the American Law Register, predecessor publication to the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.

Previous Sharswood Fellows include:

Greg Ablavsky L’11

Christopher Beauchamp

Jean Galbraith

Nadia N. Sawicki L’04

Matiangai Sirleaf

Karen M. Tani L’07

Tess Wilkinson-Ryan L’05

Susan Yeh

The Regulation Fellowship

Applications should be submitted by January 15, 2015.

The Penn Program on Regulation (PPR) offers a Regulation Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Designed for scholars interested in pursuing academic careers related to regulation or administrative law, the Regulation Fellow will enjoy faculty access to Penn Law services and full participation in all events of the Penn Program on Regulation. The Fellowship will provide a full year of funding and will be eligible for renewal for an additional year.

Regulation Fellows must have earned a law degree or have completed or be pursuing a PhD or equivalent in a related field, and should not yet have held a full-time tenure track legal academic appointment. The Regulation Fellows program provides an excellent opportunity for doctoral or postdoctoral research. The Fellow will be expected to produce at least one original academic work during each year of funding, and part of the Fellow’s time will include support of the Penn Program on Regulation, including the development of PPR reports and proposals.

To apply, submit the following materials:

  1. Detailed research proposal
  2. Writing sample(s)
  3. Curriculum vitae
  4. Law school and/or graduate school transcript(s)
  5. Two references, minimum (at least one must be an academic reference)

Electronic applications are preferred, and applicants are encouraged to submit the above materials in electronic form to regulation@law.upenn.edu. Alternatively, applicants may submit a paper copy of their application to:

Penn Program on Regulation
University of Pennsylvania Law School
3501 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6204

Applications for the 2015-2016 fellowship should be submitted by January 15, 2015. Applications submitted after that date will also be considered until the fellowship has been filled. Questions about this program should be sent to regulation@law.upenn.edu.

The CTIC Fellowship

The application deadline is Monday, January 13, 2014.

The Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition (CTIC) is proud to offer the CTIC Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Designed for scholars interested in pursuing academic careers in areas of law related to CTIC’s work, CTIC Fellows enjoy faculty access to Penn Law services and full participation in all CTIC events. Fellows receive a full year of funding and will be eligible for renewal for an additional year.

CTIC Fellows must have earned a law degree or be pursuing a PhD or equivalent in a related field and should not yet have held a full-time tenure track legal academic appointment. Fellows are expected to produce at least one original academic work and to teach one class during each year of funding. Additionally, part of each Fellow’s responsibilities include support for CTIC’s programs, including the development of CTIC reports and proposals.

To apply, submit the following materials:

1.      Detailed research proposal

2.      Writing sample(s)

3.      Curriculum vitae

4.      Law school and/or graduate school transcript(s)

5.      Two references, minimum (at least one must be an academic reference)

Electronic applications are preferred, and applicants are encouraged to submit the above materials in electronic form to ctic@law.upenn.edu. Alternatively, applicants may submit a paper copy of their application to:

Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition
University of Pennsylvania Law School
3501 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6204

Applications may be considered on a rolling basis, and this position may be filled prior to the application deadline; interested applicants are encouraged to express interest early.

Questions about this program should be sent to ctic@law.upenn.edu.

Quattrone Center Research Fellowship

Designed for scholars interested in pursuing academic careers in areas related to the Quattrone Center’s work, the Research Fellow will enjoy faculty access to Penn Law services and full participation in all events of the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice. The Fellowship will provide a full year of funding and will be eligible for renewal.

Fellows will be primarily engaged in the conduct of research programs with Quattrone Center Affiliated Faculty. Research Fellows must have earned a law degree or be pursuing a PhD or equivalent in a related field and should not yet have held a full-time tenure track legal academic appointment. The Research Fellows program provides an excellent opportunity for doctoral or postdoctoral research. The Fellow will be expected to produce at least one original academic work during each year of funding, and part of the Fellow’s time will include support of the Quattrone Center, including participation in other research programs, the development of Quattrone Center reports and/or proposals, etc. Additional information about the Quattrone Center, its mission and its work can be found on the Quattrone website.

To apply, submit the following materials:

  1. Writing sample(s)
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Law school and/or graduate school transcript(s)
  4. Two references, minimum (at least one must be an academic reference)

Electronic applications are preferred, and applicants are encouraged to submit the above materials in electronic form to quattronecenter@law.upenn.edu. Alternatively, applicants may submit a paper copy of their application to:

Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice
c/o Executive Director
University of Pennsylvania Law School
3501 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6204

Applications may be considered on a rolling basis. Interested applicants are encouraged to express interest early. Download a PDF of this listng here.

Questions about this program should be sent to quattronecenter@law.upenn.edu.