Center for Law and the Biosciences Student Fellowship

This fellowship is designed for Stanford graduate students; its goal is to help students interested in careers in the field of law and the biosciences, whether in practice, academia, government service, or public interest. Student fellows will conduct original research related to law and the biosciences, produce short blog posts, enroll in at least one quarter of the Law and the Biosciences Workshop, be mentored by Center faculty and fellows, and be invited to the Center’s events.

Eligibility

All Stanford students enrolled in graduate and professional degree programs are eligible, with special attention paid to applications from Stanford Law students: JD, LLM, SPILS, or JSD.

Responsibilities

 The student fellowship is for one year. Student fellows have three responsibilities.

  • Research paper. Student fellows will conduct research on a topic of their choice related to law and the biosciences. It can be for a course, for directed research, or a paper not for academic credit. (If the paper is for academic credit, the existence, extent, and timing of Center mentorship would need to be discussed with the instructor involved.) The research will be conducted throughout the academic year, with the goal of producing a publishable draft by the end of the Spring Quarter. And we would be thrilled if the papers get published, something we may be able to help happen.
  • The Law and the Biosciences Workshop. Student fellows will be expected to take at least one quarter of this course, a one-unit mandatory pass course which is offered this year in both Winter and Spring Quarter.
  • Blog Posts. Student fellows are expected to contribute three to four short pieces to the Center’s blog. Blog posts are normally about 750 to 1500 words. Center faculty and fellows will be happy to help with them.

Resources

In addition to mentorship, student fellows will be awarded a $1,000 stipend from the Law School once the three requirements discussed above are met.

Application

To apply, send

  • your c.v.,
  • your Stanford transcript (an unofficial copy is fine),
  • a written statement of not more than 500 words discussing why you are interested in law and the biosciences, what area (if any) particularly interests you in the field, and your current career goals, and
  • a proposal of not more than 750 words describing the topic you currently plan to explore for your research paper.

The application process will open in fall quarter 2025.