James Wilson Fellowship

James Wilson Fellowship

The James Wilson Institute is welcoming applications for its fellowship program named as “James Wilson Fellowship”.  This funded program is designed for law students, clerks and lawyers only a few years out of law school, who have demonstrated great potential in their careers. The objective of the fellowship is to restore a moral coherence to the jurisprudence.

Provided By:

A private, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Institute is devoted to the study, spread, and further understanding of natural rights. Founded by Prof. Hadley Arkes, his former students, and alumni of Amherst College in 2000, the Institute was formerly known as the Foundation for Classical Studies in Statecraft and Jurisprudence.

Key Details:

  • Award Amount: $15,000
  • Deadline: April 13, 2018
  • Winner Announcement: Not Known


The fellowship is open to law students, clerks, or lawyers only a few years out of law school.

Instructions for Applying:

All electronic application materials should be directed to fellowships at jameswilsoninstitute.org

You may also be sent your application material to the following physical address: James Wilson Fellowship, Attn: Garrett Snedeker, 722 12th St. NW, Fourth Floor, Washington, DC 20005

Supporting Documents:

Have the following ready before you complete this application:

  • Personal Information(Full name, DOB, mailing address, preferred telephone number, and email)
  • Resume/CV(Please include: undergraduate and graduate education with degrees expected, professional experience, fellowships, internships, awards, and publications)
  • Personal Statement(In 500 words or less please explain what draws you to the Fellowship for the James Wilson Institute and this project on the recovery of Natural Law: why are you interested in spending a week with peers studying Natural Law and its connection to our jurisprudence? Have you done any reading on the subject, or are you interested in acquiring a firmer hold on it? Have you read any of Professor Arkes’s writings, with his own perspective on Natural Law?)
  • Legal Writing(a journal article, legal brief, course paper, or other relevant pieces up to 15 pages)
  • Contact Information for Two References (Academic or Professional)
  • Official Academic Transcripts(all undergraduate and graduate work; may be submitted separately)

Award Amount:                   

  • The Institute will make a place for up to 15 Fellows and each Fellow will receive a $1,000 stipend and funds partially to defray travel expenses.
  • Accommodations, most meals, and entertainment will be provided.

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