ILS Law and Society Graduate Fellows Program

How to Apply


University of Wisconsin doctoral (PhD and SJD) and advanced research students engaged in theoretically-informed, empirical research projects that investigate the origins, dynamics, and/or consequences of law and law-related social institutions. Preference is given to students who will be in their third year of graduate study or beyond during the period of the Fellowship. Students are expected to be in residence at UW-Madison for the duration of the Fellowship period. The Fellowship will be for the entire academic year. Attendance at the monthly workshops is required. The workshops for the 2018-2019 session will be on the following Fridays:

  • September 14th, 2018
  • October 12th, 2018
  • November 9th, 2018
  • February 8th, 2019
  • March 8th, 2019
  • April 12th, 2019
  • May 3rd, 2019

Application Requirements

1. Coversheet with complete contact information

2. Brief research statement (1000 words maximum) that includes:

  • Statement of the research problem that your research is addressing, including theoretical rationale and research questions and/or hypotheses,
  • Description of empirical research methods and data sources,
  • Statement of how the project will contribute to the study of law and society, to one or more disciplines or sub-disciplines, and to your future research activities,
  • The stage of your research project at present (e.g., pre-, current, or post-data collection).

3. Curriculum Vitae

4. Brief (1-page) letter of support from a member of your dissertation committee or an advisor from your school or department.


Application Deadline: April 30th, 2018

Award Notification Date: May 15th, 2018

How to Apply to the ILS Law and Society Graduate Fellows Program

To apply, please submit your application materials (in a single PDF file) via email to the following address: by April 30th at 5:00 pm. If preferred, the letter of support can be submitted directly by the recommender.

If you have any questions about the Law and Society Graduate Fellows Program, please contact Michelle Preston at

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