American Bar Association
 
Scholar-In-Residence Program  

Scholar-In-Residence Program

 

Scholar-In-Residence Application Details

The application deadline for 2013 has passed.


Information for 2014 will be posted as available.

Download the Scholar in Residence application details (when available).

The Section of Antitrust Law International Scholar in Residence Program (“SAL SIR”) will provide funding of $10,000.00 USD each for up to two scholars to visit the United States to pursue competition policy-related research in the Spring of 2014.  Junior faculty members (those who have been engaged in full-time teaching for five years or less) as well as current or recent Ph.D. students who have a demonstrated interest in the study of competition policy are invited to apply.

Applicants chosen as International Scholars in Residence (“SAL Scholars”) will be expected to visit the United States for a period between six (6) weeks and three (3) months, coinciding with the Annual Spring Meeting of the Antitrust Section scheduled for March 26-28, 2014.  During their time in the U.S., SAL Scholars will conduct research, meet and interact with members of the U.S. antitrust community, and attend the annual Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C.  Although arrangements can be tailored to the particular needs of each scholar’s research proposal, SAL Scholars are expected to reside in Washington, D.C. for some of their time in the U.S., so they can have access to federal agency personnel as well as a range of academics, lawyers, and consulting firms.  SAL Scholars can also propose short visits to state enforcement agencies or U.S. academic institutions outside of Washington, D.C., provided the visit will advance their research.

Application Process and Contents


Each Applicant must submit an application to the “SAL SIR Selection Committee” that includes the following:
  • A cover letter/statement of interest describing the Applicant’s current position, research interests related to competition policy, and qualifications to serve as a SAL Scholar.
  • A current curriculum vitae.
  • A specific and significant research proposal (typically 3-5 single-spaced pages) that includes a description of steps already taken in furtherance of the research and an explanation of how the proposal would be significantly advanced through work in residence in the U.S.  Proposals can include work in progress as well as new research projects.  Applicants must also disclose any other sponsors of the research.
  • Two letters of recommendation from current faculty members familiar with the candidate and her/his work, evaluating the Applicant’s ability to undertake the proposed research, including the Applicant’s proficiency in English.  In the case of a current faculty member or PhD candidate, one of the letters should come from the Dean, Director, or Head of School of the applicant’s home institution or program, indicating: (1) the Applicant’s good standing in the institution; (2) the institution’s willingness to grant the Applicant the necessary leave time; and (3) an intention to support the Applicant’s research as a SAL Scholar, including whether any home institution funds will be provided in support of the visit.  In the case of current or recent PhD candidates, one letter should come from the faculty adviser who is supervising or who supervised the Applicant’s doctoral research.
  •  If applicable, a statement of interest in visiting any academic institutions or enforcement agencies outside of Washington, D.C., such as the offices of a State Attorney General, along with a justification for the specific goals sought to be achieved by the “side visit” and a supportive letter of invitation from a representative of the institution to be visited.
  • A description of the particular deliverable that the Applicant intends to produce as a result of her/his visit, such as an article, book, book chapter, or report for use by a government or non-government agency focused on competition policy issues.  Successful applicants also will agree that any deliverable prepared in whole or part with the support of the SAL SIR program will so indicate with the specific language approved by the Section of Antitrust Law.
  • Any other material the Applicant would like the Selection Committee to consider.

In judging the proposals received, the SAL SIR Selection Committee will be guided by: the strength and specificity of the research proposal, the likelihood that the Applicant’s overall research goals could better be realized through participation in the program, evidence of past scholarly productivity, the letters of recommendation, the mix of research topics selected for support under the program as a whole, and diversity in terms of home institutions, national origin, race, religion, and gender.

Although SAL Scholars will be responsible for making all of their own travel and accommodation arrangements, the Section of Antitrust Law will assist in providing guidance on making arrangements to secure work space to aid in research at a Washington, D.C.-area academic institution.  Successful applicants will be strongly encouraged to apply to the Visiting Researcher Program at Georgetown University Law Center, which provides research space and support to international scholars.  For more information, see http://tinyurl.com/GTownLawProgram.  The Section of Antitrust Law will also help to facilitate meetings and interviews with a range of enforcers, academics, and private consultants who can advise SAL Scholars on their specific research topics.

Deadline for Applications

The deadline for submitting an application to be considered for appointment as an SAL SIR for the 2013-14 academic year is July 30, 2013.  The SAL SIR Selection Committee hopes to announce its selections by September 1, 2013.  Applications should be submitted to Deborah D. Morgan, Assistant Director, American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law, preferably via email at Deborah.Morgan@americanbar.org, or, if necessary by mail to:

Deborah D. Morgan, Assistant Director

Section of Antitrust Law
American Bar Association
321 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654-7598

SAL SIR Selection Committee:

  • Professor Harry First, New York University School of Law, New York, NY
  • Professor Andrew I. Gavil, Director, Office of Policy Planning, U.S. Federal Trade Commission, on leave from Howard University School of Law, Washington D.C.
  • Professor Richard J. Gilbert, Department of Economics, University of California, Berkeley
  • Professor Alison Jones, King’s College London, School of Law



Back to Top