Saturday, February 20, 2010

Accepting Post-J.D. Fellowship applications for 2010

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2010 Post-J.D. Research Fellowships in Native Hawaiian Law

Ka Huli Ao’s Post-J.D. Research Fellowship Program in Native Hawaiian Law provides stipends to recent law graduates to support research, scholarship, teaching, and/or other research-related projects that impact Native Hawaiian Law or that fill a need in the Native Hawaiian community. The goal of the Research Fellowship is to advance knowledge, scholarship, or learning in Native Hawaiian Law.

By the end of the Fellowship period, Research Fellows are required to complete an article or project of publishable quality and to present their research findings and conclusions in a public forum. Depending on available funding, up to four Research Fellowships will be awarded. Fellows will receive a stipend of $50,000, paid out over a one-year period beginning in August 2010. Fellows are responsible for paying all taxes and health insurance.

Eligibility Criteria
– The Research Fellowship is designed for recent law school graduates with no more than five years of post-law school work experience. Applicants must be graduates of an accredited law school who can commit to working for one year on an individual project in our Research Fellowship Program. Post-J.D. Research Fellows will be selected on the strength of their proposals (described below) and on the basis of: (1) interest in and commitment to Native Hawaiian legal issues as demonstrated in law school, through prior work, education, or other experiences; (2) a sound academic record; (3) excellent research and writing skills; and (4) outstanding personal qualities. Knowledge of the Native Hawaiian community and experience working with the Hawaiian community are not required but will be considered as positive factors. A course or certificate in Native Hawaiian law is not a prerequisite.

Application Requirements – Applicants must submit a proposal letter of no more than four single-spaced pages describing: (1) the nature of the research proposed; (2) how their research project relates to Native Hawaiian Law or fills a need in the Native Hawaiian community and how the project advances knowledge, scholarship, or learning in Native Hawaiian Law; (3) the specific work product that will result from the proposed research; (4) and a realistic, detailed timeline showing projected target dates for research, writing (including drafts) and other significant activities (public presentations, etc.).

Applications must also contain a completed application cover page; a résumé of no more than four pages; and a separate sheet with the names and contact information of three references, including a short explanation of your work or other connection with the reference. Letters of recommendation are not required.

Application Deadline - Applications must be postmarked, hand-delivered, or e-mailed no later than March 15, 2010 to:

Mail & Hand-delivery:
Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law
William S. Richardson School of Law, Suite 207
2515 Dole Street
Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96822

E-mail: (with the subject line: Research Fellowship Application). If you e-mail the application, you must submit a hard copy of the cover sheet within 7 working days.

Notification – Successful applicants will be notified by April 30, 2010.

Questions? Please call or e-mail Susan K. Serrano, Director of Educational Development at (808) 956-6432 or

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