CRS Fellowship Application Process

UCLA School of Law's Critical Race Studies Program ("CRS") offers a Fellowship to support the research and professional development of a candidate pursuing a career in law teaching. The only program of its kind in the country, CRS is the premier institutional setting for the study of the intersection between race and the law. Anchored by renowned scholars whose research helped found and continues to advance Critical Race Theory in legal scholarship and related disciplines, CRS supports a unique intellectual community for faculty and students, including formal JD and LLM specializations in Critical Race Studies.

Eligibility and Qualifications

A CRS Fellowship candidate should possess (or expect to possess by June 30, 2017) a JD, LLM, or equivalent legal training; a strong academic record; excellent analytical and writing skills; and demonstrated interest and background in Critical Race Theory. We welcome candidates who, in addition, possess experience in legal practice, graduate training in other disciplines, or other professional background that informs their research and teaching interests. For the 2017-18 Fellowship, we now welcome applications from graduates of any law school, though UCLA CRS graduates remain strongly encouraged to apply.

Terms of the Fellowship

The CRS Fellow will be appointed for the year beginning July 1, 2017. The fellowship is intended to be renewable for a second year, contingent on available funding and the Fellow's satisfactory progress. The Fellowship offers a salary of $68,900 per year and full benefits.

The Fellow's responsibilities are as follows:

  • completing at least one substantial scholarly research project, presenting it as a work-in-progress to the UCLA School of Law Faculty, and submitting it for publication;
  • where appropriate, teaching one course within the CRS curriculum each year of the Fellowship;
  • assisting with the CRS Program's research-related events, such as the CRS Symposium, when asked by the CRS Program faculty;
  • participating in CRS-related community events, as well as formally and informally mentoring students.

Application Process

Applications should be submitted by January 17, 2017.

To apply for the CRS Fellowship, you must submit the following materials via the online application:

  • cover letter summarizing your qualifications for the Fellowship, including any past and/or potential contributions to equity, diversity and inclusion through research, teaching, and/or service;
  • detailed research proposal, no longer than 1500 words in length;
  • academic resume;
  • law school transcript;
  • a writing sample, either published or in-progress;
  • names and contact information of two references prepared to write a letter of recommendation upon request. At least one should be a law professor familiar with your scholarly potential.

Questions may be addressed to Jasleen Kohli, Director of the Critical Race Studies Program, via email at No phone calls please.

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