The American Bar Foundation (ABF) seeks a diverse group of empirical scholars interested in researching access to civil justice to join the ABF’s intellectual community for the ABF/JPB Foundation Access to Justice Scholars Program. The program brings together cohorts of Faculty Scholars in order to support their research, mentor their progress, and build intellectual relationships needed to grow the access to justice field. By facilitating the translation of research into practice, the program generates more effective approaches to improve justice for all. More information about the program and past scholars is available here.
This non-residential scholarship is for a duration of 18 months. Scholars selected for the 2023-24 cohort will be expected to attend an in-person kickoff meeting March 17-19, 2023 in Tempe, AZ. Over the course of the scholarship, Faculty Scholars will convene for additional in-person and virtual meetings. Throughout the term of the scholarship, each Scholar will be supported by ABF staff, personal mentors, and other experts who will offer guidance on publishing, getting research funding, and dissemination.
Faculty Scholars receive funds toward course reduction(s) in their usual teaching load and summer support. They have access to a research account to reimburse expenses associated with research or travel to conferences at which papers are presented. It is expected that the Faculty Scholar’s primary support (including benefits such as health insurance) will continue to be provided by their home institution.
By the end of their scholarship term, participants will submit at least one article from their access to justice research project to a peer-reviewed journal outlet and at least one proposal for research funding to a funding source external to their home institution.
Application Criteria and Selection Process
Applications from empirical scholars in a broad range of disciplines and interdisciplinary programs are welcome. Individuals from groups historically underrepresented are especially encouraged to apply. There are no citizenship requirements. Non-U.S. nationals are welcome to apply; however, the ABF is unable to sponsor an H-1B visa. Comparative research is welcome, but the proposed project must include a U.S. component that would permit the project to produce insights relevant to the U.S. context.
Applications must include:
Please submit all materials through the application portal.
Applications will be accepted until January 6, 2023. The ABF/JPB Foundation Access to Justice Scholars Program Advisory Committee will review applications. Scholars will be selected on the basis of their proposed research projects. Projects must demonstrate that significant progress can be achieved during the term of the Scholarship and show clear promise along both of two dimensions: the production of social scientific discoveries relevant to understanding access to justice and the production of knowledge that can inform real world access to justice policy and practice, particularly as they relate to anti-poverty efforts. Scholarship appointments will be announced in February 2023 and selected Scholars must attend an in-person kickoff meeting March 17-19, 2023.
Information on this program may also be found by visiting the ABF website.
About the Partners
The American Bar Foundation is a Chicago-based, independent, non-profit research institute that focuses on the empirical and interdisciplinary study of law, legal institutions, and legal processes.
The JPB Foundation is a private foundation whose mission is to advance opportunity in the United States through transformational initiatives that empower those living in poverty, enrich and sustain our environment, and enable pioneering medical research.