Thanks to a generous grant from the Robbins Collection, we are able to offer partial to full tuition waivers to select J.S.D. applicants each year in the form of a Robbins J.S.D. Fellowship. The Robbins Collection sponsors comparative research and study in the fields of religious and civil law by organizing workshops, conferences, lectures, and fellowships on a range of topics related to religious and civil law traditions. An applicant’s proposed research topic must relate to comparative civil or religious law traditions in order to be eligible for funding, and we prioritize awards to those without alternative funding sources. Only after an applicant is admitted to the J.S.D. program will they be considered for a Robbins J.S.D. Fellowship. An application form will be made available at the time of admission to the J.S.D. program, and applicants will be notified of their award status before their admission response deadline.
Robbins J.S.D. Fellowship award recipients receive a tuition credit each semester during the 3-year program as follows: 50% of the total award amount in year 1, 25% in year 2, and 25% in year 3. This funding structure provides the greatest amount of tuition relief for students during the first year in the program when the nonresident tuition bill is the highest. Fellows are expected to participate in scholarly workshops to present their in-progress research to the law school community during their second and third years in the program.