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Research and Dissertation Fellows Program

Grants to USA Individuals Affiliated with Higher Education Institutions
for Research Related to Legal, Graduate, and Professional Education

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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AccessLex Institute and the Association for Institutional Research (AIR)

Deadline Date:

11/30/17 11:59 PM EST


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Grants to USA individuals who are affiliated with a nonprofit postsecondary institution or relevant higher or legal education organization to support year-long research projects. The program is a grant competition promoting scholarship on issues related to access, affordability and value of legal education specifically, and graduate and professional education more broadly.

There are two funding levels available:

Research Grants: Research grants of up $50,000 are available to faculty, practitioners, and scholars.

Doctoral Grants: Dissertation grants of up to $25,000 are available to doctoral students to support dissertation research and writing under the guidance of a faculty dissertation advisor.

Preference is given to proposals that utilize regional, national, or multi-institutional datasets, although research that focuses on a single institution is acceptable. Preference is also given to proposals that specifically address legal education; however, proposals that study access, affordability and value of graduate and professional education more generally are also encouraged. Researchers may analyze pre-existing data or include the construction of a new dataset in their proposal. Membership to AccessLex Institute or AIR is not required for grant eligibility.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182431

Estimated Size of Grant:

Research Grants: Up $50,000.

Doctoral Grants: Up to $25,000

Term of Contract:

Grant recipients will receive funds to support research from March 1, 2018 through February 28, 2019. Grants are paid in three installments (March 1, 2018; August 1, 2018; and December 1, 2018).

Additional time beyond the established expiration date (February 28, 2019) is available to assure adequate completion of the original scope of work within the original budget. Grantees may receive a one-time extension on the expiration date of the grant of up to one month with no additional funding. Requests for a no-cost extension should be made to prior to January 31, 2019 and should contain a revised completion date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are available to individuals affiliated with a nonprofit USA postsecondary institution or relevant higher and legal education organization.

Research Grants: Research grants are available to faculty, practitioners, and scholars.

Doctoral Grants: Dissertation grants are available to doctoral students to support dissertation research and writing under the guidance of a faculty dissertation advisor.

Pre-Application Information:

Click on the link in the Supporting Documents section below to download the Grant Guidelines.

Important Dates:

October 2017 - Grant Guidelines available (including application questions, rubric, budget form, and other information)
October 23, 2017 - Call for Applications opens​
November 30, 2017 - Application deadline​ (11:59 pm EST)​
February 2, 2018 - Decisions announced to applicants via email​
​March 1, 201​8 - Funding and project period begins
November 11 -12, 2018 - Grant recipients attend 2018 ​​AccessLex Legal Education Research Symposium in Scottsdale, AZ
February 28, 2019 - Project period ends​
April 30, 2019 - Final report and related documents due to AIR​

Please Note:

- Applications must be submitted online.

- This funding cannot duplicate or replace other funding from another source for the same project.

- Checks are sent to the authorized institutional representative and made payable jointly to the institution and researcher.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Click here to apply online:

Assistance is available from the AIR grants staff at or 850-391-7109.

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