Research and Dissertation Fellows Program


The Research and Dissertation Fellows Program is a partnership between AccessLex Institute and the Association for Institutional Research (AIR), designed to promote scholarship on issues related to access, affordability and the value of graduate and professional education. Preference is given to proposals focusing on diversity in legal education or the profession; the bar exam; or graduate and professional school finance, student aid or financial education. In addition, proposals utilizing regional, national or multi-institutional datasets are encouraged. Single institution research proposals that are designed to yield findings that are scalable and replicable are also accepted. This grant program awards $50,000 to scholars and $25,000 to doctoral students to support year-long research projects. Researchers may analyze pre-existing data or include the construction of a new dataset in their proposal. Membership to AccessLex Institute or AIR is not required for grant eligibility. Two levels of grants are available to support year-long research projects for recipients affiliated with a nonprofit U.S. postsecondary institution or relevant higher and legal education organization.

This funding cannot duplicate or replace other funding from another source for the same project.

For additional information and to apply, visit the AIR web page.

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Grant Application Review Schedule


Application opens:

January 21, 2020


Application deadline:


March 2, 2020 (11:59 pm ET)


Decisions announced:


May 4, 2020


Funding and project period begins:


June 1, 2020


AccessLex Legal Education Research Symposium:


November 2020


Project period ends:


May 31, 2021

Final report due:


July 31, 2021



View the 2017 Research and Dissertation Fellows Posters