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Sunday, October 04, 2020

VAPs and Fellowships: Open Thread, 2020-2021

On this thread, comments can be shared regarding news of appointments to VAPs or similar fellowships (for example, the Climenko and Bigelow).  Here is last year's thread.

You may also add information to the spreadsheet.

Posted by Sarah Lawsky on October 4, 2020 at 02:29 PM in Getting a Job on the Law Teaching Market | Permalink


Does anyone know if Columbia has any plans to lift their hiring freeze this year? Or is that a lost cause?

Posted by: Anon | Jan 15, 2021 9:29:48 AM

I’ve heard radio silence on the Grey. No idea if they’re actually hiring.

Posted by: Anon | Jan 15, 2021 7:02:20 AM

I'm the one that updated the spreadsheet re NYU. And yes, what happened is that I emailed asking for a status update, and they said they were done hiring...the usual stuff about many great candidates and only a few slots etc. etc. So apparently they're not informing unlucky applicants en masse, or just haven't gotten around to it yet. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

Posted by: nyu_sadness | Jan 15, 2021 12:17:58 AM

in same boat with NYU. Thinking either that info is wrong or that person emailed directly and was told they're done, but they just haven't sent a mass email.

Posted by: anon | Jan 14, 2021 11:42:47 PM

Has anyone heard back from Stanford about the Grey fellowship? Are they even hiring this year?

Posted by: anon | Jan 14, 2021 10:18:50 PM

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Posted by: Andrew Jennings | Jan 13, 2021 2:28:54 PM

From the spreadsheet NYU appears to have finished hiring but having applied I have yet to receive any indication that's the case. Is anyone else in that boat?

Posted by: Anon | Jan 13, 2021 1:41:04 PM

I just wish we had any idea of *how* delayed things will be — would love some guidance as to when it’s time to pack up hope and find alternative plans!

Posted by: anonymous | Jan 13, 2021 1:29:52 PM

TT hiring is happening later this year than in previous years. This is likely going to push back the timelines for fellowship hiring because they can only replace the fellows who get jobs or otherwise leave the fellowship.

Posted by: AnonAnon | Jan 11, 2021 1:14:58 PM

At what point should those of us waiting on the usual suspects (Climenko, Bigelow, etc.), who have heard nothing, assume it's a no? I would assume that in the normal course, that would be about now (if not earlier), but does anyone know if the pandemic has changed the calculus? The status of the board -- with nothing reported yet for any of these except the Sharswood/NYU lawyering -- is also throwing me off...

Posted by: anonymous | Jan 11, 2021 12:17:55 PM

Anon - I’ve only gotten the what I assume is an auto-email referenced below for the Climenko and haven’t heard anything from Bigelow. Not that it means interviews haven’t begun, but if they have, I’m in the dark, too.

Posted by: Anonymous | Dec 26, 2020 1:35:37 PM

Any word on Climenko/Bigelow?

Posted by: Anon | Dec 23, 2020 5:38:58 PM

At this point, should we assume nothing will move until spring on the Climenko/Bigelow/etc. front?

Posted by: anon | Dec 14, 2020 3:48:32 PM

NYU has done some interviews, but I don't know if they have made any offers.

Posted by: NYU | Dec 8, 2020 3:39:15 PM

FWIW, I received and email from Climenko at the end of October saying that the application was missing some document (that I don't think was required in the online application) and that "We are in the process of reviewing applications and will be conducting interviews throughout the fall. We hope to have the process completed by early 2021." Otherwise radio silence on all fronts.

Posted by: SoBad | Dec 8, 2020 3:01:52 PM

Anyone heard back from the NYU program?

Posted by: nyu_curious | Dec 7, 2020 11:32:58 AM

Fellowship folks who are waiting, or anyone remotely connected to the process: does anyone have any sense, even the vaguest idea, of when we can anticipate things may start moving?

Posted by: Anon | Dec 1, 2020 10:42:02 AM

Anon below - FWIW, I haven’t yet heard from sharswood/bigelow/Climenko.

Posted by: Anon2 | Nov 27, 2020 2:45:52 PM

Still silence from Bigelow, Climenko and Sharswood, or is the spreadsheet just not being updated?

Posted by: anon | Nov 24, 2020 2:26:57 PM

THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, Global Academic Fellows in Law

Applications are invited for three appointments as Global Academic Fellow in the Department of Law, to commence in August 2021 or January 2022, for a period of two years.

The Global Academic Fellows Programme was created to provide outstanding and aspiring legal academics with time and resources to transition into the global teaching market. Fellows will have access to an internationally leading faculty for mentorship, affiliation with related research centers, and funding for attending academic conferences to present their work. Other opportunities will include teaching appointees’ own course or gaining experience in core courses, and organizing funded academic conferences in their field. Applicants should have completed their doctoral degrees (JD or PhD) before the start of their appointments, unless they possess significant practice experience.

One to three fellows will be appointed each year, and will be expected to be in residence at HKU and devote their time primarily to their own research and preparation for entering the international teaching market. Fellows will be provided shared office space and administrative support when needed. Information about the Department of Law and the Faculty of Law can be found at: www.law.hku.hk..

Global Academic Fellows enjoy a highly competitive salary of 480,000HKD (~60,000USD/52,000EUR) in addition to annual leave, travel funds, relocation expenses and full medical benefits. At current rates, salaries tax does not exceed 15% of gross income.

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The University only accepts online application for the above post. Applicants should apply at https://jobs.hku.hk/cw/en/job/502489/global-academic-fellow-3-posts.

Closes January 1, 2021.

Posted by: Jedidiah Kroncke | Nov 8, 2020 10:00:10 PM

These programs all effectively hire replacements for their outgoing fellows. The top programs in particular place consistently enough that they can usually do most of their hiring before they definitely know who has accepted what tenure-track jobs.

I have no current inside information, but that is almost certainly not true this year. I suspect that there might be a program here or there that knows for sure that it will have an open spot next year, but by and large, programs are likely anticipating the possibility that *all* of their fellows will be returning. (And, even programs with hard caps on the number of years a fellow can stay in the program are probably considering extending them this year.)

Unless and until the tenure-track hiring market kicks into gear, I would assume that fellowship/VAP hiring will remain mostly dormant.

Posted by: a non | Oct 26, 2020 10:23:17 AM

Is the spreadsheet just not being updated or are we really just this silent thus far? Nothing yet on bigelow, Climenko, sharswood, etc?

Posted by: Anon | Oct 26, 2020 7:05:39 AM

Any thoughts on how COVID-19 will impact VAPs and fellowships? I know some are waiting until at least January to decide whether they will hire any VAPs or fellows

Posted by: Anon | Oct 11, 2020 2:53:47 PM

Wow I did not know that. Thanks for the update!

Posted by: anon | Oct 5, 2020 7:41:08 PM

They accepted only 1 PHD student each year for the last three cycles. It seems to be a faculty decision to shrink the program but still keep it on life support.

Posted by: DemiseofPHD | Oct 5, 2020 3:23:28 PM

Does anyone know much about the Yale PhD in Law program? It looks like they've had the same candidates listed on their website for a while now. Have they accepted new people in the past two years? If so, are they sticking to the initial cohort sizes of 5–6 per year?

Posted by: anon | Oct 5, 2020 11:57:22 AM

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