The Reginald F. Lewis Fellowships for Law Teaching

The Reginald F. Lewis Fellowship for Law Teaching



Harvard Law School is offering the Reginald F. Lewis Fellowship for Law Teaching, with appointment expected to commence August 1, 2014.  The fellowship is designed to support a recent law school graduate who has demonstrated a strong interest in legal scholarship and who is preparing for a career in law teaching.


The Lewis Fellowship program particularly supports the training of prospective law teachers who will enhance the diversity of the profession.  We especially encourage applications from candidates of color.  The Lewis Fellow is required to prepare at least one major article for publication.  Additionally, the Lewis Fellow has an opportunity to audit courses and attend workshops at the law school.  The Lewis Fellow is expected to follow a schedule of research and work to be agreed upon with the Lewis Committee.


Harvard Law School expects to award one fellowship in the amount of $50,000 to support the Lewis Fellow from August 1, 2014, through July 31, 2015.  This fellowship may be renewed for one additional year through the mutual agreement of the Lewis Fellow and the Lewis Committee.  The Lewis Fellow is expected to be in residence at Harvard Law School during the academic year.


The Reginald F. Lewis Fellowship for Law Teaching is made available through a gift from Reginald F. Lewis, a graduate of Harvard Law School (1968) and his wife, Loida Nicolas-Lewis.  Shortly before his death in 1993, Mr. Lewis gave the largest grant at the time in the law school's history.  Harvard Law School’s International Law Center was renamed in his honor.  Mr. Lewis was founding CEO of TLC Beatrice Foods International.  He was also the author of the book Why Should White Guys Have All the Fun?    


Interested applicants should submit:

1)      a detailed (four pages maximum) description of the research project that will be undertaken with a view to publication during the fellowship,

2)      a statement of their interest in teaching,

3)      a statement of the fields in which they expect to teach and pursue scholarship,

4)      a résumé  or curriculum vitae (including publications and work experience),

5)      copies of undergraduate and law school transcripts, and

6)      two letters of reference addressing the applicant’s potential for success as a legal scholar and law teacher (either included with the applicant’s other materials or sent directly from the recommenders).


Only complete applications will be considered.


Application materials should be sent to with the subject line “Fellowship Application” no later than February 14, 2014.

Last modified: December 19, 2013

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