Global Fellows

Global Fellows Program

Global Fellows Categories

  • Global and Senior Global Research Fellows are tenured or tenure-track academics with a demonstrable background of strong legal scholarship.  More senior academics (for example, faculty members tenured for ten years or more) may be designated as Senior Global Research Fellows at the discretion of the selection committee.
  • Global and Senior Global Fellows from Practice & Government are government officials, judges, officials from international organizations and lawyers in private practice who wish to take a semester or academic year away from their posts to engage in serious scholarship.  More experienced officials and practitioners may be designated as Senior Global Fellows from Practice & Government at the discretion of the selection committee.
  • Post-Doctoral Global Fellows are post-doctoral scholars who have attained their doctoral degrees within the past four years (of the application deadline) and who have not yet secured a tenure-track academic appointment at an institution.   Post-Doctoral Global Fellows meeting these eligibility requirements may be considered for a merit-based post-doctoral stipend of US$30,000 for the academic year (or US$15,000 per academic semester), subject to tax.    
  • Emile Noël Fellows are post-doctoral or tenured academics with a demonstrable background of legal scholarship on the themes prioritized by the Jean Monnet Center for International and Regional Economic Law & Justice.

Program Information for Global & Senior Global Research Fellows, Global & Senior Global Fellows from Practice & Government and Post-Doctoral Global Fellows

Application Deadline
We are now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 Global Fellows Program.

The deadline for receipt of Global Fellows Program applications and application materials to participate in the 2015-2016 academic year is the first Monday in January (January 5, 2015).  Except as noted below, applications must be received and completed by this date in order to be considered for participation in the Global Fellows Program for the upcoming year.

Please note that should space still remain available in mid-April, we may at our sole discretion consider applications received past the initial deadline.  Strong preference is however given to applications received and completed by the initial deadline of January 5, 2015.

The Global Fellows Program is open to foreign nationals and to US and dual-nationality citizens who are teaching, working or studying outside of the US.  Preference is given to applicants who intend to visit for the academic year.

Residency Requirement & Expectations
The primary mission of the Global Fellows Program is the facilitation of original, publishable legal scholarship.  Visits are for a full academic year or semester.  All Global Fellows are expected to be in full-time residence during their appointment.  They may not hold any concurrent appointment or engagement (i.e. practice, fellowships, teaching, etc.) during the full period of residency.  All Fellows are required to attend and present a paper at the Global Fellows Forums.  

Faculty Sponsor/Affiliation
Each Fellow will be assigned a Faculty Sponsor at the NYU School of Law following admission to the program.  Furthermore, Fellows are strongly encouraged to affiliate with one of the specialized centers or institutes at NYU School of Law.  Affiliation means the Fellow is included in the center or institute’s activities and may be given an affiliated title.  Applicants must indicate their preference for center affiliation on the application.  Further information about each center and institute can be found at

Program Activity Fees
The fee for participating is US$7,500 per academic year (US$3,750 per semester).  Requests for partial fee reduction may be granted to those who cannot afford to pay the full fee.  More information regarding partial fee reduction will be provided following admission to the Program.

Post-Doctoral Stipend Information & Additional Funding
Certain Post-Doctoral Global Fellows meeting eligibility requirements may be considered for a merit-based post-doctoral stipend of US$30,000 for one academic year (or US$15,000 per academic semester), subject to tax, during the appointment period, at the sole discretion of the selection committee.  In order to be considered for a merit-based post-doctoral stipend, the applicant must (1) be a recent post-doctoral scholar (having attained the doctorate degree within four years of the application deadline) without a tenure-track academic appointment at an institution; and (2) indicate in the Statement of Funding (please see below under "5.  Statement of Funding") that the applicant wishes to be considered for a merit-based, post-doctoral stipend.  Please note that we offer a very limited number of these merit-based post-doctoral stipends per year.  ALL applicants are encouraged to supplement their participation in the Global Fellows Program by seeking scholarships and grants from other organizations.  More information will be provided following admission to the Program.

Health Insurance
All participants must have adequate health insurance to cover them and any family members who will accompany them during their stay in the United States.  Participants in the Global Fellows Program must make arrangements for health insurance before they arrive in the United States so that they are covered as from their date of arrival.  The program will provide information on obtaining local coverage following admission to the Program.

Visa Information
The Global Fellows Program will sponsor the relevant visa to enter the US and remain in the US for the duration of the appointment.  It is important to note that, in such cases, proof of funding or assets in the amount of US$2,000 per month of residence in the US will be required.  Visas can be issued to spouses and children, provided that fellows can demonstrate they possess US$650/month to support the spouse and US$300/month per child for the duration of the visit.  Further information regarding visa requirements will be provided following admission to the Program.


Application Instructions

Online Application
We are now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 Global Fellows Program.

Please complete the online application and submit the requested materials listed below.  Under the "New Users" section, click to register an account before starting your application.  After you have registered, you may return to the application page to select "Global Fellows Program" under the "Start an Application" section and indicate for which category within this Program you are applying. 

Additional Required Application Materials
The online application is set up to upload your application materials.  Please ensure that your materials are in PDF or Word format and that they are ready to upload before submitting the application form.   Once the application has been submitted, you will not be able to return later to upload your materials.

1) Detailed curriculum vitae
2) Personal statement
3) Two letters of recommendation
4) Research proposal with one page abstract
5) Statement(s) of funding
6) TOEFL score/statement of English language proficiency
7) Recent publication in English

1. Curriculum Vitae
The curriculum vitae of applicants must contain complete information on academic institutions, honors, awards, all publications to date, and all professional experience (current and previous, including dates of employment and job descriptions).

2. Personal Statement
The personal statement is limited to 500 words.  The applicant should respond to the following question: 

What are your intellectual and professional aspirations?

3. Letters of Recommendation
The two letters of recommendation should be from academics or legal professionals that can speak authoritatively on the applicant's abilities, specifically as they relate to the applicant's research proposal.  Each letter of recommendation must be (A) in the form of a PDF file or a scanned electronic version of a hard copy, (B) signed by the person writing the letter and (C) sent directly by the recommender via email to

4. Research Proposal
A well-developed research proposal is a critical part of the application.  It is expected that all Global Fellows will be at a stage in their research and writing process where they will be able to complete a piece of publishable scholarship during their time in residence at the Law School.  To that end, we require a detailed research proposal that describes the research questions, the methodology to be utilized, the expected results of the work, and the projected contribution to the field of inquiry.  The research proposal should be preceded by a one-page abstract.  The title of the proposal should indicate fully the nature of the research project. The Global Fellows Program will ensure that all fellows have an NYU faculty sponsor to supervise and assist their research during their period of residence. If you believe that one or more NYU faculty members would be especially well suited to serve as a faculty sponsor, please include their name(s) at the end of your research proposal.  Please be advised however that we cannot guarantee your choice of a faculty sponsor. 

5. Statement of Funding
We require all applicants to provide documentation from sponsoring organizations detailing the amount and terms of all monies granted during their residency at NYU.  Employed applicants must submit documentation from the employer stating any remit they will receive while on sabbatical.  Applicants who will be completely self-funded and unsupported (i.e. able to support oneself from personal funds and receiving absolutely no funds from a sponsoring organization or employer) must submit a statement attesting to that fact.  NOTE:  If you are a Post-Doctoral Global Fellow applicant and you wish to be considered for a merit-based, post-doctoral stipend, please indicate in the Statement(s) of Funding that you (A) meet the eligibility requirements of a Post-Doctoral Global Fellow; and (B) wish to be considered for a merit-based, post-doctoral stipend.  Information provided in the Statement(s) of Funding may be used to determine eligibility and amount of stipend, if any.

6. TOEFL Score/Statement of English Language Proficiency
Applicants are expected to have a level of English language proficiency sufficient to write a publishable piece in English and participate in the Global Fellows Forums and other discussions.  Command of the English language is vital to active participation in the Program.  All Fellows will be expected to be able to read, write, speak, and comprehend English to the degree that they are able to interact with colleagues, provide feedback, and present.

For applicants from non-English speaking countries, proof of English language proficiency, specifically oral, reading, writing and listening ability, is required with the following exceptions:

• If the applicant has received a degree from an English-speaking institution, that included examinations in English, the language proficiency requirement is satisfied without further proof;

• If the applicant has published academic works in English, the written language proficiency requirement is satisfied with submission of a copy of one such article.  Evidence of oral proficiency may, however, be required.

For all other applicants from non-English speaking countries, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required.  Please contact the Educational Testing Service (ETS) for information on scheduling a test date:

Test of English as a Foreign Language
Educational Testing Service
P.O. Box 6151
Princeton, NJ 08541-6151

For purposes of application to the Global Fellows Program, we will accept unofficial copies of the applicant's TOEFL Score Report.

7. Recent Publication in English
Please include one recent publication in English of no more than 20 pages.  Please note that the work must be originally published in English, not translated into English.

Submitting Application Materials
The additional required application materials (except for the two letters of recommendation) may be uploaded with the online application form.  Please ensure that the materials are in PDF or Word format.  It is not necessary to send a paper copy of application materials.  Any questions regarding the Global Fellows Program may be directed to the following address:

Global Fellows Program
NYU School of Law
245 Sullivan Street, Suite 340
New York, NY 10012 USA
Telephone: (212) 998-6691
Facsimile: (212) 995-4656

Review of Applications and Decision Notification
Successful applicants will have outstanding academic records at all levels of university training and a demonstrated commitment to the advancement of their scholarly project and their future professional life.  Standards for admission to the Global Fellows Program are extremely high, but not arbitrary.  Candidates may expect to receive a decision in late March or early April.