The Institute for Legal Studies sponsors the ILS Law and Society Graduate Fellows Program, a program for graduate students at UW-Madison. The program is cosponsored by the East Asian Legal Studies Center and the Global Legal Studies Center.

ILS Law and Society Graduate Fellows are doctoral (PhD and SJD) and advanced research students drawn from a range of disciplines across the UW-Madison campus, including (but not limited to) those in the Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, International Studies, Schools of Public Health, Business, Education and Public Policy, as well as from the Law School.

The Fellows Program strives, in an interdisciplinary setting, to:

  1. Enrich students’ understanding of important research topics and design/methodological issues and to expand their research skill set
  2. Develop students’ ability to critically evaluate their own research and that of their peers
  3. Assist students in preparing for the dissemination of their research

These goals are achieved through meetings with graduate student peers and faculty Director, Professor Mitra Sharafi, attendance at research presentations, and presentations of students’ own work in a seminar setting. The Fellows Program is a two-year program (subject to satisfactory performance).

Fellowship Benefits

  1. Graduate fellows may apply for a research fund of up to $1,000 for research-related expenses or conference travel and registration fees associated with attending a conference and presenting a paper in the area of law and society. 
  2. Monthly graduate fellows workshops led by faculty co-directors where fellows present and discuss their research, discuss and receive mentoring on matters of professional interest, and host invited scholars.
  3. Opportunities for informal scholarly exchange with fellows from other departments, with faculty members, and with visiting scholars doing research at the Law School.

Fellowship Responsibilities

  1. Participate in all monthly workshops during the academic year, present research at one workshop and act as a discussant in at least one other workshop. 
  2. Provide written comments to each fellow within a week of their research presentation.
  3. Submit a brief (1 to 2 pages) research progress report within 60 days of the ending of the fellowship period that explains how the funding was used during the fellowship period and what grant proposals and/or fellowship applications have been completed to extend this research.
  4. Acknowledge the University of Wisconsin Law School and the Institute for Legal Studies in all written work that develops out of the Law and Society Graduate Fellowship.

Apply to the Program

Applications to the 2020-2021 Graduate Fellows program will open in Spring 2020.

Current Program

2019-2020 Graduate Fellows

Past Programs

For information on past programs, please visit the UW Law School Repository.

Faculty and Staff

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