Other Opportunities for Students and Postdoctoral Fellows

Workshops and Conferences

  • The American Society for Legal History: Forum for Discussion of Archival Research To assist researchers during a time of restricted travel and archive closures, the ASLH is hosting a new online discussion group where scholars can seek or offer information about legal history digital sources or offer to share documents with other ASLH members. The group is open to all ASLH members.

    Sign up for access to the Legal History Records Discussion Group here.
  • The American Society for Legal History will host the ninth annual Student Research Colloquium (SRC) on Wednesday, November 9, and Thursday, November 10, 2022, in Chicago, Illinois. The SRC annually brings eight graduate students to the site of the ASLH annual meeting to discuss their in-progress dissertations or other research projects with each other and with ASLH-affiliated scholars. To apply, please submit the following three items to John Wertheimer at: srcproposals@aslh.net: a cover letter that describes, among other things, how far along you are and approximately how many years remain in your present course of study; an up-to-date CV; and a two-page, single-spaced research statement that begins with a working title and proceeds to describe the in-progress research project that you would like to present at the colloquium. Application deadline: June 1, 2022.
  • The J. Willard Hurst Summer Institute in Legal History is a biennial event sponsored by the Institute for Legal Studies in conjunction with the American Society for Legal History (ASLH). Each Hurst Institute is organized and chaired by a well-known legal historian and includes visiting senior scholars who lead specialized sessions. Details here: http://law.wisc.edu/ils/hurst_institute.html
  • The Kathryn T. Preyer Scholars program is designed to help legal historians at the beginning of their careers. At the annual meeting of the American Society for Legal History, two early career legal historians designated Kathryn T. Preyer Scholars present what would normally be their first papers to the Society. Details here: https://aslh.net/award/kathryn-t-preyer-scholars/
  • The Wallace Johnson Program for First Book Authors, sponsored by the American Society for Legal History, is designed to provide advice and support to scholars working toward the publication of first books in legal history, broadly defined. In conversation with peers and with the advice of senior scholars, participants will learn about approaching and working with publishers, and will develop and revise a book proposal and one to two sample chapters.  Details here: https://aslh.net/award/wallace-johnson-first-book-program/


Grants and Prizes

  • The American Society for Legal History: The Projects and Proposals Committee of the American Society for Legal History invites proposals for the funding of new initiatives in the study, presentation, and production of legal historical scholarship and in the communication of legal history to all its possible publics and audiences. You can read full information about the application process, and download the application form on our website.
  • The American Society for Legal History: The ASLH has responded to continuing constraints on research travel during the pandemic by creating a competition for 10 small grants to support legal history research in digital and print sources this summer. Applications are now closed but information on previous competitions are available here.
  • The American Society for Legal History Cromwell Fellowship:  Each year, the William Nelson Cromwell Foundation makes available a number of $5,000 fellowships to support research and writing in American legal history by early career scholars. Early career generally includes those researching or writing a PhD dissertation (or equivalent project) and recent recipients of a graduate degree working on their first major monograph or research project. For full information on how to apply, please click here.
  • The American Historical Association Littleton-Griswold Grant offers up to $1,000 for research in US legal history and in the general field of law and society, broadly defined. Details here: https://www.historians.org/awards-and-grants/grants-and-fellowships/littleton-griswold-research-grant
  • The Law & Social Inquiry Graduate Student Paper Prize is open to graduate and law students. The winning submission will be published in Law & Social Inquiry, and the author will receive a cash prize of $500. Details here: http://www.americanbarfoundation.org/publications/lawsocialinquiry/Graduate_Student_Paper_Competition.html
  • The Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition in California Legal History, sponsored by the California Supreme Court Historical Society, seeks to promote research and writing on the California Supreme Court and the state’s legal history. The first prize is $2,500 and publication in the Society’s annual journal, California Legal History. Details here: https://www.cschs.org/programs/student-writings/ 
  • The Supreme Court Historical Society’s Hughes-Gossett Award recognizes the best student paper on some aspect of the Supreme Court’s history with a $500 cash prize and publication in the Journal of Supreme Court History. Papers may be submitted on an ongoing basis. Details here: https://www.cschs.org/programs/student-writings/ 
  • William Nelson Cromwell Foundation Dissertation Prize is awarded annually to the best dissertation in any area of American legal history, including constitutional and comparative studies, although topics dealing with the colonial and early national periods will receive some preference. Click here for full submission details.