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The Center for Reproductive Rights today announces a new fellowship with Columbia Law School for graduates pursuing legal academic careers in reproductive health and human rights. The Center-Columbia Fellow will be affiliated with both Columbia Law School and the Center, and will participate in the intellectual life of both programs. The Fellow will engage with the Center’s legal and policy projects, be a member of the Law School ‘s community of graduate fellows, and have work space at both locations.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with Columbia in offering this unique opportunity to promising law school graduates who are passionate about studying reproductive rights and the law,” said Nancy Northup , president of the Center for Reproductive Rights.”The fellowship will provide legal scholars with valuable real world and academic experience, preparing them to be future leaders in the growing reproductive rights movement.”

Fellows will pursue independent research and scholarship in preparation for entering the legal academic job market at the conclusion of their Fellowship. Fellows are expected to produce a work of serious scholarship during their Fellowship tenure. Fellows will also have responsibility for the planning and hosting of academic conferences and/or roundtable discussions. Set to start in July 2008 and last up to two full years, the full-time residential fellowship is open to applicants who have earned a juris doctorate. The fellowship awards an annual stipend of $55,000. This innovative new program is part of a larger effort by the Center to engage U.S. law schools and law professors in scholarship and teaching on reproductive health and human rights. The Center and Columbia will select one fellow this year.

Details, including description, application requirements and form, are available here. Application deadline is March 24, 2008.

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