American Bar Foundation Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Term: Summer

Provides a funded summer opportunity for students interested in a research-oriented career in law and/or social science.

The American Bar Foundation (ABF) Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program introduces undergraduate students to the rewards and demands of a research-oriented career in law and/or social science, as well as to provide guidance about the many career options under the umbrella of the legal profession. Each Fellow will be assigned an ABF Research Professor who will involve the Fellow in his or her research project and act as a mentor during the Fellow’s tenure.

Fellows also participate in a series of in-house seminars and information sessions with legal professionals to get acquainted with the many facets of socio-legal research and the legal system, as well as create the opportunity for long-lasting professional relationships in the socio-legal field.

All Fellows will work 35 hours a week from June through July, and receive a stipend of $4,000.

Please note: Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, selected fellows will work remotely for Summer 2021.


  • Applications will be considered only from sophomores and juniors attending colleges and universities in the United States.
  • Students must have completed at least their sophomore year and must have not received a bachelor’s degree by the time the fellowship begins.
  • Applicants must have a grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).

Individuals who demonstrate a commitment to diversity with respect to economic background, religious affiliation, race, ethnicity, disability, military experience, sexual orientation, and/or gender expression/identity, first-generation college students, and other individuals who are diverse and traditionally underrepresented in the fields of law and social science are encouraged to apply.

Fact Sheet

Humanities, Social Sciences
Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, Columbia General Studies, Columbia Undergraduates, Fellowships, Junior, Not U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, Sophomore, U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident
Fellowship Type:
Experiential, Summer Opportunity

Dates & Deadlines

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, February 1, 2022