Columbia Law School invites applications for the R. Randle Edwards Fellowship in Chinese Law for the academic year 2013-2014. (The application period for 2012-2013 is closed.) The Edwards Fellowship supports outstanding Chinese legal scholars and teachers who wish to spend a period in residence at Columbia Law School and conduct research under the direction of Columbia's Center for Chinese Legal Studies.
It is expected that three Edwards Fellowships will be awarded for the 2013-2014 academic year. Fellows are typically required to spend one semester (September to December or January to May) at Columbia, although applications for shorter stays may be considered. Each Edwards Fellow receives a stipend and is given funding toward roundtrip airfare to New York.
The Edwards Fellowship was established to honor Professor emeritus R. Randle Edwards, who was the founder and director of the Center for Chinese Legal Studies until his retirement in 2002.
The R. Randle Edwards Fellowships for Visiting Chinese Law Scholars have been established with support from the Ford Foundation and through contributions of friends and former students of Professor emeritus Edwards.
- Have strong English language skills;
- Be engaged in full-time law teaching or academic research;
- Be 35 years of age or younger OR be engaged in full-time research or law teaching for less than five years, and who will, by the start of their period as a fellow, have been engaged in full-time research or law teaching for at least one year (full-time students will generally not be considered);
- Have not previously studied or conducted research for an extended period in the United States.
Edwards Fellows will receive a monthly stipend calculated to cover the expenses of one person in New York during the period in residence. The stipend amount is expected to be approximately U.S. $2,500 per month. Columbia Law School cannot provide any financial or logistical assistance for accompanying spouses, including securing suitable family housing. Selected scholars who intend to be accompanied by a family member must provide evidence of financial support for such family member in accordance with Columbia University rules. Further information regarding evidence required is available upon request.
A completed application consists of:
- A completed copy of the attached application for the Edwards Fellowship, below;
- A detailed research plan, in English, of approximately four to five pages, stating the desired period of residence at Columbia and setting forth the scholar's proposed research agenda;
- A detailed curriculum vitae;
- At least one letter of recommendation in English or Chinese; the letter must be written on institutional letterhead, be signed by the recommender, and include the institutional email address of the recommender;
- A list of publications (in Chinese and, where applicable, in English);
- At least one example of or excerpt from a recent scholarly work (not to exceed ten pages; sample may be in Chinese).
Applications must be received by March 1, 2013. To best ensure that we receive your application, please scan your documents as .pdf files and email them.
After submitting your application, if you have not received a confirmation by email from us after two weeks, please follow up with an email without attachments to be sure it has been received. Sometimes our email system blocks emails that contain attachments. Following up is the responsibility of the applicant.
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Decisions will be made in early May 1, 2013. Applications should be submitted to PRober@law.columbia.edu If email is impossible, you may submit by using regular mail to:
Edwards Fellowship for Chinese Law Scholarship
Center for Chinese Legal Studies
Columbia Law School
435 W. 116th Street, E-27
New York, N.Y. 10027 USA
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