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Academic Fellowships

The University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School offers four prestigious fellowships to encourage academic careers: The George Sharswood Fellowship, the CTIC Fellowship, the Quattrone Fellowship, and the Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law 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. The Law School 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 the Law School services and events, holding academic standing comparable to that of visiting assistant professors. Here is a list of our current fellows and visitors.

Applications for 2020 will be received starting July 1, 2020 and will close November 15, 2020. 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


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 University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School 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

Matiangai Sirleaf

Karen M. Tani L’07

Tess Wilkinson-Ryan L’05

The CTIC Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition (CTIC) invites applications for a CTIC Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School starting in the Fall of 2020 for a one-year appointment with the potential for a one-year extension. The fellow will work with Professors Christopher Yoo and Rakesh Vohra on their Economics of Digital Services project. Supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the project seeks to provide a foundation for evidence-based decisionmaking regarding the economics of digital services. The project aims to better understand technology companies whose business models are predicated on access to user data. 

Responsibilities of the fellow will include but are not limited to:

  • Conducting research on competition policy and antitrust as it relates to digital platform companies
  • Assisting with outreach for and development of an annual conference
  • Drafting project reports, research protocols, and other project documents
  • Managing grant compliance process
  • Leading website content development

Two years of experience in antitrust law is preferred. Applicants must have earned a law degree or earned 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.

Applicants should submit the following materials on the application page here.

  1. Detailed research proposal (no more than 2,500 words)
  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)

Applications may be considered on a rolling basis.  As a result, this position may be filled prior to the application deadline.  Questions about this position should be sent to Caroline Olson.

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Quattrone Center Research Fellowship 2021-2022

The application deadline is December 31, 2020

The Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School is accepting applications for research fellowships for the academic year 2021-2022.

About the Quattrone Center

The Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice is a research and policy hub housed at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School.  The interdisciplinary Center brings together faculty from across the University of Pennsylvania and the nation, collaborating with criminal justice practitioners in an interdisciplinary approach to reduce errors in the administration of justice.  The Quattrone Center has rapidly established itself as a thought leader on issues pertaining to the reduction of errors in criminal justice, and is the chief proponent for blending law and scientific research (both social science and new technology) in a “systems approach” to improving the criminal justice system.  The Center applies techniques from healthcare, aviation, and other industries focused on safety, quality control, reliability, etc. in ways that unify participants in the criminal justice system to implement, evaluate, and expand best practices in the administration of justice.

About the Fellowship:

Designed for scholars interested in pursuing academic careers in areas related to the Quattrone Center’s work, fellows enjoy faculty access to University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School services and full participation in all Quattrone Center events. This is a full-time commitment and fellows are expected to be in residence at the Law School for the duration of the fellowship. Fellows receive a full year of funding and are eligible for renewal for an additional year. Fellows are expected to produce at least one original academic work during each year of funding. In addition to conducting their individual research and writing projects, each fellow’s responsibilities will also include providing support for the Quattrone Center’s existing and new programs, including the development of reports and proposals.


To be eligible, prospective fellows must meet one of the following criteria:

  1. Have earned a law degree; or
  2. Have completed, or are in the terminal stage of a PhD or equivalent academic program, and have not yet held a full-time tenure track academic appointment

The fellowship is open to individuals with a background in law as well as those with a background in social science (e.g. sociology, psychology, economics, criminology, etc.) or medicine, with a proven familiarity with criminal justice research.

To Apply:

Complete the Fellowship application online here:

Quattrone Center Fellowship Online Application

  1. Cover letter
  2. CV
  3. Undergraduate and law school and/or graduate school transcript(s) *
  4. Writing sample(s)
  5. Two references, minimum (at least one must be an academic reference) **

* If official transcripts will be submitted confidentially, your provider may email them directly to

** Applicants can request confidential references directly through the Interfolio application system.


Learn more about the Quattrone Center


Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law Fellowship

The Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law (CERL) invites applications for 2019-2020 fellow(s) to join the center at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School.

CERL is a non-partisan interdisciplinary institute dedicated to preserving and promoting ethics and the rule of law in national security, democratic governance, and contemporary conflict and warfare. CERL unites academics, practitioners, and policymakers to probe the most essential issues using the tools of interdisciplinary engagement and open dialogue, briefings, and policy papers.  

The fellowship is an in-residence, 10-12-month commitment designed to assist CERL produce its policy and briefing papers on a variety of topics relating to national security law. The start date of the fellowship is flexible, but ideally the candidate would start in May 2019. Qualified applicants must have subject matter expertise in one or more of the following areas: national security, international law, military law and ethics, cyber law or cyber security, military procurement and defense industry issues, international relations, just war theory, presidential authority, and government ethics. Applicants should have a law degree or a Ph.D. in political science, public policy, philosophy, communications, or related field. Alternatively, applicants may have a master’s level degree coupled with at least five years’ professional experience in one of the aforementioned areas.

Each CERL fellow will receive compensation commensurate with seniority and experience. CERL will also accept applicants who have secured outside funding and are looking for supplementary funding.  

Application Deadline:

March 31, 2019

Required Application Materials:       

  • cover letter
  • curriculum vitae
  • a writing sample
  • transcript from most recent academic degree
  • names of three professional references with title, affiliation, e-mail address, and phone number 


Submit your application package via this link

The Role of the CERL Fellow

CERL fellows participate in all CERL events (conferences, symposia, book talks, briefings). They will have the opportunity to present work in progress as well as consult members of the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School community on topics of mutual interest.
Fellows will help produce CERL professional reports and will be invited to take a leading role in planning and organizing major CERL events within their area of expertise. They will also be invited to edit a volume to be published with Oxford University Press, as part of the CERL Ethics, National Security and the Rule of Law series derived from CERL conferences. Additionally, fellows will be required to produce a minimum of one policy paper or research paper related to the subject matter of a CERL conference.
Fellows will supervise students writing reports and papers in the national security law area and may have the opportunity to teach a seminar or give guest lectures to the Law School and other UPenn students, depending on the law school’s curricular needs and scheduling constraints. They will expose students and conference attendees to contemporary thought on issues relevant to their fields of interest as well as help develop relationships with practitioners. 
Fellows will develop individual areas of interest and expertise relevant to CERL’s mission with the guidance of CERL board members and affiliates. In addition to attending CERL events, fellows will meet with eminent scholars and policy experts in more intimate sessions. Accordingly, fellows will receive real-world training on rule of law values in areas related to their work.