The George Sharswood Fellowship

Job Description & Qualification

The George Sharswood Fellowship

University of Pennsylvania: Law School


Open Date

Jul 1, 2021

Nov 15, 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time


The George Sharswood Fellowship

Hiring Date July 1, 2022.

The Sharswood Fellowship was created in 2007 to encourage scholars committed to entering a career in legal academia. Originally founded by the Editorial Board of Volume 155 of the, the Law School has since expanded the program. Each year the Penn Law faculty awards two fellowships that each fund two years of research, writing, and teaching. One of the Fellowships continues to be generously funded by the Law Review and one fellowship every other year is reserved for a Penn Law graduate. The Sharswood Fellowship is distinguished by fellows’ full integration into the law school faculty and its emphasis on teaching classes that the fellow feels will help them prepare for the teaching they will do as an assistant professor. The Law School has an excellent record of placing fellows and Sharswood Fellows have gone on to tenure-track legal academic positions at law schools including those at Stanford, U.C. Berkeley, the University of Chicago, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Sharswood Fellows join a vibrant community of academic fellows from the Law School’s Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice; Center for Technology, Innovation, and Competition; and the Penn Program on Regulation. Sharswood Fellows also benefit from faculty mentorship and enjoy faculty access to the Law School services and events. They hold academic standing comparable to that of visiting assistant professors. Here is a


Fellowship Requirements:

Writing & Research

The Sharswood Fellow will be expected to produce at least one legal academic work of publishable quality during each year of funding. The work is expected to be of a length akin to a standard law review article.

Teaching: Academic Year 1 (2022-2023)

Spring - Fellows teach a seminar based on the subject of their research.

Teaching: Academic Year 2 (2023-2024)

Fall - Fellows teach the same seminar that they taught the previous spring.
Spring - Fellows teach a course to be determined in consultation with the dean.

Job Preparation

Typically, Fellows prepare for the academic teaching market during their first year and apply for academic jobs during their second year.

Application Instructions

Applications for 2021 will be received starting July 1, 2021 and will close November 15, 2021. Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials in the summer or early fall. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.


Sharswood Fellow applicants must have earned a law degree or PhD or equivalent in a related field and should not yet have held a full-time tenure track legal academic appointment. The Sharswood Fellows Program provides excellent opportunities for predoctoral research for candidates who have completed a JD or for postdoctoral research. One of the Fellowships every two years is designated for University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School graduates.

Application Materials

Applicants must submit the following materials:

• Detailed research proposal
• Teaching statement (course abstract and plan for class or seminar)
• Writing sample(s)
• Curriculum vitae
• Law school and/or graduate school transcript(s)
• Three references, minimum (at least one must be an academic reference)
(For each reference, please give name, title, mailing address, email address and telephone number.)

Letters of recommendation from references are not required.

Applicants should apply using our Online Application:
Questions about this program should be to

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Job ID

ID: J9125