John M. Olin Fellowships in Empirical Law and Finance

  • Purpose. To foster student research and study in the area of empirical law and finance
  • Eligibility. Any JD, LLM or SJD student at Harvard Law School, any PhD student at GSAS, and any DBA student at Harvard Business School, who has a strong interest in empirical law and finance
  • Fellowship Period. One academic year. (Successive fellowship years are possible, but another application is necessary.)
  • Amount of Award.$5,000

Fellowship Requirements

  • Fellows are required to make a significant commitment of time and effort to research in the area of empirical law and finance that will result in a research paper (which may be a for-credit research paper or a not-for-credit research paper).
  • Fellows are required to attend the sessions of the HLS course on empirical law and finance, which will meet 6 two-hour sessions on Wednesdays 5-7pm during the first two months of the spring semester.(Students, however, are not required to register for credit to this course.)
  • Fellows are also required to attend the sessions of a workshop for presentation of research projects, which will meet for six two-hour sessions on Wednesdays 1-3pm during the first two months of the spring semester, and to present their research project in one of the sessions of the workshop.
  • Research papers, or a substantial progress report, are due by June 15 at the end of the fellowship year.
  • The fellowship amount will be paid in three parts, $1,000 in December 2020, $2,000 in March 2021, and $2,000 in June $2020, with each part paid upon satisfaction of applicable fellowship requirements.

Application for a Fellowship

Applicants should send an email to Jordan Figueroa, Program on Corporate Governance Coordinator, and attach as PDF files the following materials:

  • A cover letter providing a brief description of the applicant’s background and interest in empirical law and finance;
  • A current curriculum vitae;
  • A brief (2-5 page) proposal regarding the research and writing the applicant intends to accomplish during the fellowship;
  • If available, a copy of previously completed empirical research papers.

Submission of Applications

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis as they come in.