Program on Private Law call for fellowship applicants in private law and IP




PURPOSE: 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 one or 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:
PROGRAM: The Qualcomm Postdoctoral Fellowship
in Private Law and Intellectual Property is a full-time, one- or two-year
residential appointment, starting in the Fall of 2019. 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
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.
ELIGIBILITY: By the 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.
APPLICATION: Completed applications should
be addressed to Bradford Conner, and must be received at
by 9:00 a.m. on February 15, 2019.
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 is sufficiently promising to develop
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 intellectual property and private law. 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.).
application materials with the exception of letters of recommendation should be
e-mailed by the applicant to
Letters of Recommendation should be emailed directly
from the recommender
to the same address.
questions or additional information, contact: Bradford Conner, Coordinator,

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