Research Scholar Program
Michigan Law offers a non-degree research scholar program, attractive to legal scholars from around the world.
The program is designed to meet the varying needs of scholars who engage in major research projects for which the Law School's outstanding library, with its extensive collections of U.S., foreign, and international legal materials, can be of considerable assistance. Research scholars enjoy full access to the Law School's library and research facilities, including Westlaw and Lexis/Nexis, to pursue their individual research agendas. They are welcome to observe classes with the permission of the professor and to participate in the Law School's workshops and lecture series.
The research scholar program is intended for junior and senior faculty members in law or in cognate fields at universities throughout the world. It is also intended for individuals from abroad engaged in doctoral or post-doctoral studies or in public service careers.
Our research scholar program has included faculty members from the University of Lisbon in Portugal, the Australian National University, Kyoto University in Japan, the University of Heidelberg in Germany, Peking University, and the University of Hong Kong, as well as the director of the Institute of State and Law of the Czech Academy of Sciences, a legal advisor to Amnesty International in London, a staff member of the Japanese Ministry of Justice, and doctoral students from major universities all over the world. Their research interests have encompassed a broad array of legal and interdisciplinary subjects. The Law School welcomes about 20 research scholars annually. Their campus visits vary in length from a few weeks to one year, and they may start at any time. If a research scholar would like to observe classes, he or she is encouraged to time the visit with the beginning and end of our terms. Unless visits are scheduled according to the academic calendar, research scholars may find it more difficult to obtain reasonably priced housing accommodations.
Every effort is made to welcome research scholars into the intellectual and social life of the School. Research scholars who are faculty in their own countries are invited to participate in the faculty lunches and colloquia which occur at the Law School on an almost daily basis.
The Law School offers a colloquium through which Michigan research scholars who are doctoral students and post-docs from overseas universities get together with Michigan SJDs to discuss matters of intellectual interest. The colloquium provides an opportnity for all to present work in progress. Faculty research scholars are also invited to participate in the colloquium.
In addition to the resources offered by the Law School, research scholars have access to the considerable intellectual and cultural activities at the University of Michigan and in Ann Arbor. Frequently the interests of research scholars bring them in contact with faculty in other schools and departments of the University such as economics, business, natural resources, or public policy, or in the many centers that focus on significant regions of the world, such as the centers for European studies, for Japanese studies, for Chinese studies, or for Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies, to name just a few.
The Law School has opened a magnificent new space where our researchers will be together in one place. It is intended to foster a sense of scholarly and personal community among our research scholars and SJDs who are all pursuing significant research projects. The architecture of the space is beautiful, and each researcher has his or her own office or spacious individual work space.
How to Apply
Those interested in visiting the Law School should send the Center for International and Comparative Law their curriculum vita, a publication list, proposed dates of stay, a description of their intended research project and its intended purpose (e.g. doctoral thesis, journal publication), and a description of how a research scholar visit will be of value. They should also provide two letters of reference from academics familiar with their work. If there are particular Michigan faculty members with whom they would like to confer, they should so indicate. It is also helpful to know their interest in informally observing particular classes. Applicants for the research scholar program whose native language is not English should indicate their degree of fluency in English, in particular speaking and listening comprehension, and describe their training and experience in English. TOEFL or IELTS score and academic records may also be requested. Please contact Stephanie Wiederhold in the Center at email@example.com for information about the application process.
Research scholar applicants with an interest in the Law School's Program in Refugee and Asylum Law should request additional information by writing to the Center for International and Comparative Law at the address below or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
MICHIGAN GROTIUS RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS
Applicants to the Law School's research scholar program may apply for Michigan Grotius Research Fellowships which are granted on a competitive basis. Those interested in being considered for these Fellowships will be asked to complete a Fellowship application and submit it together with the application materials referenced in the section above. Michigan Grotius Research Fellowships are intended to assist with living expenses while in full-time residence. Most research scholars are supported by funds from other sources, such as Fulbright or sabbatical leave salary of their home university. Because of competition for Michigan Grotius Research Fellowships, applicants are encouraged to seek alternate sources of funding.
The applicant deadline for the research scholar program and for Michigan Grotius Research Fellowships is February 1 for visits proposed in the following summer, fall or winter terms. Applicants are encouraged to apply to multiple institutions as the selection process is competitive. Although applications are welcome at any time during the year, those who apply later than February 1 risk that available space and funding will already be committed.
Whenever possible, applications should be submitted electronically to the email address below. Otherwise they may be sent by mail or fax to the address below. Letters of recommendation may be sent by fax or email by the writer.
The Center for International and Comparative Law
The University of Michigan
212 Hutchins Hall Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1215