Harvard IP fellowship: applications sought

The Project on the
Foundations of Private Law is an interdisciplinary research program at Harvard
Law School dedicated to scholarly research in private law. Applicants should be
aspiring academics with a primary interest in intellectual property
(especially, patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret) and its connection
to one or more of property, contracts, torts, commercial law, unjust
enrichment, restitution, equity, and remedies. The Project welcomes applicants
with a serious interest in legal structures and institutions, and welcomes a
variety of perspectives, including economics, history, philosophy, and
comparative law. The Qualcomm Postdoctoral Fellowship in Private Law and
Intellectual Property is a specifically designed to identify, cultivate, and
promote promising IP scholars early in their careers. Fellows are selected from
among recent graduates, young academics, and mid-career practitioners who are
committed to spending two years at the Project pursuing publishable research
that is likely to make a significant contribution to the IP and private law,
broadly conceived. More information on the Center can be found at:
Qualcomm Postdoctoral Fellowship in Private Law and Intellectual Property  is 
a  full-time,  two-year 
residential  appointment,  starting 
in  the  Fall 
of 2017. Like other postdoctoral fellows, IP Fellows devote their full
time to scholarly activities in furtherance of their individual research
agendas in intellectual property and private law. The Project does not impose
teaching obligations on fellows, although fellows may teach a seminar on the
subject of their research in the Spring of their second year. In addition to
pursuing their research and writing, fellows are expected to attend and
participate in research workshops on private law, and other events designated
by the Project. Fellows are also expected to help plan and execute a small
number of events during their fellowship, and to present their research in at
least one of a variety of forums, including academic seminars, speaker panels,
or conferences. Through organizing events with outside speakers, helping to run
programs, and attending seminars, fellows interact with a broad range of
leading scholars in intellectual property and private law. The Project also
relies on fellows  to provide
opportunities for interested students to consult with them about their areas of
research, and to directly mentor its Student Fellows. Finally, fellows will be
expected to blog periodically (about twice per month) on our collaborative
blog, New Private Law (http://ift.tt/2jJfqLm).
BENEFITS: Fellows have access to a wide range of resources offered by Harvard
University. The Center provides each fellow with office space, library access,
and a standard package of benefits for employee postdoctoral fellows at the Law
School.  The annual stipend will be
$55,000 per year.
start of the fellowship term, applicants must hold a J.D. or  other graduate law degree. The Center
particularly encourages applications from those 
who  intend  to 
pursue  careers  as 
tenure-­track  law  professors 
in  intellectual property and
private law, but will consider any applicant who demonstrates an interest and
ability to produce outstanding scholarship in the area. Applicants will be
evaluated by the quality and probable significance of their research proposals,
and by their record of academic and professional achievement.
Completed applications must be received at conner@law.harvard.edu by 9:00 a.m.
on March 1, 2017. Please note that ALL application materials must be submitted
electronically, and should include:
1.         Curriculum Vitae
2.         PDFs of transcripts from all post-secondary
schools attended.
3.         A Research Proposal of no more than
2,000 words describing the applicant’s area of research and writing plans.
Research proposals should demonstrate that the applicant has an interesting and
original idea about a research topic that seems sufficiently promising to
develop further.
4.         A writing sample that demonstrates the
applicant’s writing and analytical abilities and ability to generate
interesting, original ideas. This can be a draft rather than a publication.
Applicants who already have publications may also submit PDF copies of up to
two additional published writings.
5.         Three letters of recommendation,
emailed directly from the recommender. Letter writers should be asked to
comment not only on the applicant’s writing and analytical ability, but on his
or her ability to generate new ideas and his or her commitment to pursue an
intellectual enterprise in this area. To the extent feasible, letter writers
should provide not just qualitative assessments but also ordinal rankings. For
example, rather than just saying a candidate is “great,” it would be useful to
have a statement about whether the candidate is (the best, in the top three,
among the top 10%, etc.) among some defined set of persons (students they have
taught, people they have worked with, etc.).
All application
materials with the exception of letters of recommendation should be emailed  by the applicant  to  conner@law.harvard.edu.  Letters 
of  Recommendation should be
emailed directly from the recommender to the same address.

For questions or
additional information, contact: Bradford Conner, Coordinator,

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