American Bar Foundation Opportunities

March 4, 2024

The American Bar Foundation is currently accepting applications for two visitorship opportunities to join our diverse interdisciplinary community of sociolegal researchers: 

  • The William H. Neukom Fellows Research Chair in Diversity and Law is a year-long residential appointment, awarded to an outstanding scholar with a distinguished record of empirical sociolegal research on diversity and law, broadly conceived. The Neukom Chair carries no formal teaching or service responsibilities; however, the successful candidate is expected to spend the fellowship year in residence at the ABF offices on Northwestern University's downtown Chicago campus, and to participate in the ABF’s expanding program of research and dialogue on diversity and law. Along with office space, opportunities for collegial interaction, and library access, the Neukom Chair also receives a modest research allowance and a stipend of up to $100,000, which is intended to compensate for foregone salary and will be adjusted based on the candidate's access to sabbatical pay and/or third-party funding. Applications for the 2024-25 Neukom Chair will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, beginning March1 and continuing until the position is filled. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply at
  • ABF Visiting Scholars join the ABF for all or part of the year. We encourage national and international scholars on leave or sabbatical to take advantage of our diverse sociolegal community and excellent facilities. ABF Visiting Scholars enjoy an office or workspace, opportunities for collegial interaction, and library access, but no stipend. Applications for our 2024-25 cohort of Visiting Scholars are open through March 15. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply at

Both positions are open to scholars in all social-science disciplines, law, and the social-science adjacent humanities, regardless of institutional appointment. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are integral to the ABF, so we enthusiastically encourage applicants from historically underrepresented groups and backgrounds.

More information about both opportunities can be found at the links above; but please feel free to contact Jessie Lowinger ( if you have any questions.