Stanford Law School Constitutional Law Center Fellowship

The goal:
This scholarship is for individuals who wish to pursue an academic career in the field of constitutional law. Center affiliates have gone on to obtain desirable academic positions at many law schools, including Georgetown, Chicago, UCLA, George Washington, Texas, Notre Dame, Hastings, Penn State, Georgia, and Richmond, among others.

The association:
The Constitutional Law Center Fellowship is a residential fellowship that provides the opportunity to conduct research in the dynamic environment of Stanford Law School. The scholarship is for one year with the possibility of extension to a second year. The scholarship is designed to allow participants to complete a significant set of independent scholarships. We expect Fellows to devote the majority of their time to pursuing their proposed research projects, while devoting a small amount of time to attending Center activities, including our annual conference, monthly speaker series and our communication workshops. Fellows may also occasionally be called upon to help coordinate the activities of the Center in collaboration with the Director General of the Centre.

Scholars are encouraged to be part of a vibrant community of people across the law school who are interested in legal academia by attending weekly faculty seminars and participating in activities with others Stanford Law School scholars. We will provide fellows with workspace, a competitive salary, and a generous benefits package. Fellows will report to the Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Law.

Applicants should have a JD or a doctorate (PhD) in a relevant field. Successful applicants typically also have experience in a federal appellate internship and a demonstrated aptitude for original research in constitutional law, usually in the form of past publications or student notes.

The center:
The Constitutional Law Center, directed by Michael W. McConnell, grew out of Stanford Law School’s long and distinguished tradition of constitutional law scholarship. The Center has no politics and does not take sides on controversial cases, but it is committed to the rule of law and the idea that the Constitution can be studied and interpreted objectively in light of its text, its history and its objectives. It advances this mission through events and activities that promote scholarship, generate public debate, and provide opportunities for students and scholars to engage in the analysis of the Constitution across the ideological spectrum.

The application process:
Applicants should submit a CV with contact information for three references, a writing sample, and a research proposal (2000 words or less) to the Stanford Career website:

Application Deadline: September 15, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time. We will choose the fellow based on their demonstrated academic merit and potential, as well as the intellectual strength of their research proposals.