Fellowship in Chinese Law and Society

Center for the Study of Law and Society, Fellowship in Chinese Law & Society

The application period is now CLOSED.  

The Center for the Study of Law and Society invites applications for a fellowship in Chinese law and society for the academic year 2023-2024. This Fellowship is meant to support outstanding Chinese legal scholars and teachers conducting empirical research on the Chinese legal system who wish to spend a period in residence at the Center for the Study of Law and Society at Berkeley Law. 

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Applicants must: 

  1. Have strong English language skills (see details in section below); 
  2. Be engaged in full-time law teaching or academic research; 
  3. Hold a full-time position in Mainland China or Hong Kong;
  4. Hold a Ph.D. or S.J.D. for a minimum of five years

In addition, preference will be given to applicants who: 

  1. Are 35 years of age or younger OR have been engaged in full-time research or law  teaching for less than five years (note that full-time students will generally not be considered);
  2. Are able to spend a full academic year in residence at Berkeley (mid-August-mid-May);
  3. Can articulate how their research fits into the themes that are the focus of the Center: (1) criminal justice, (2) inequality, (3 democracy and civil society. 

Application Instructions 

To apply, please email the below documents to CSLS@law.berkeley.edu by January 13, 2023, and include “Application for Fellowship in Chinese Law & Society” in the subject line of the email. 

  1. Current English-language curriculum vitae and list of publications. Please include both in the same document. 
  2. UC Berkeley requires all international scholars to provide documentation of English language proficiency. This can be shown through the following ways: 

  • A recognized English language test (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, etc)
  • Signed documentation from an academic institution or English language school
  • A documented interview conducted in person or by video-conferencing (or by telephone if video-conferencing is not an option).  Click here for more information. 
  1. A description of the amount and source of support during the fellowship. You may include the amount of this fellowship, but this fellowship will not be sufficient to cover required support needs. All international visiting research scholars must show proof of adequate funding. Visiting researcher scholars must arrive with sufficient funds to cover the high cost of living in the Bay Area for all months of stay (including covering the first and last month's rent for housing).  The current minimum amount of funding required for J-1 scholars is $2,000 per month, plus $600/month for a spouse, and $400/month per child. 

  1. Research proposal (in English) that answers the following questions: 

        a. What is the title of your proposed research? 

        b. What research question does the project aim to answer, and how do you plan to answer it? 

        c. What do you hope to accomplish during your stay in Berkeley? 

        d. What is the proposed duration of stay?

Please Note: Applicant may include start and end dates from six months to one year. Proposed period should occur within the academic year, mid August to mid May, and may extend into the summer months if the stay is for one full year. Preference will be given to applicants who are able to spend a full academic year in residence.

Center for the Study of Law and Society, Fellowship in Chinese Law & Society Stipend 

The Fellow will receive $18,000 to offset costs incurred during the period of residency, and the CSLS and Berkeley campus visiting scholar fees will be paid by the Center. Please note that this amount will not fully cover the high costs of living in the Bay Area, and that fellowship recipients are encouraged to also seek out other sources of funding (government fellowships, sabbatical pay, etc.). 

Berkeley cannot provide any financial or logistical assistance for accompanying spouses, including securing suitable family housing. Under university rules, all visiting scholars are also responsible for purchasing their own health insurance.