Baldy Fellowships in Interdisciplinary
Legal Studies, 2015-16
I am pleased to announce that the Baldy Center will again be offering Fellowships in Interdisciplinary Legal Studies for the 2015-16 academic year. In addition, we will be co-sponsoring one post-doctoral fellowship in Transnational Business Governance Interactions with York University.
Full announcements for both fellowship programs are below. Please pass them on to anyone who may be interested.
Errol Meidinger, Director
The Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy at the State University of New York at Buffalo plans to award several fellowships for 2015-16 to scholars pursuing important topics in law, legal institutions, and social policy. Applications are invited from junior and senior scholars from law, the humanities, and the social sciences.
Fellows are expected to participate regularly in Baldy Center events, but otherwise have no obligations beyond vigorously pursuing their research. Fellows receive standard university research privileges (access to university libraries, high-speed Internet, office space, computer equipment, phone, website space, working paper series, etc.) and are encouraged to develop collaborative research projects with SUNY Buffalo faculty members where appropriate. Those who wish to teach a course to aid their research or gain teaching experience can be accommodated on a case-by-case basis.
Post-Doctoral Fellowships are available to individuals who have completed the PhD or JD but have not yet begun a tenure track appointment. Post-Doctoral Fellows will receive a stipend of $40,000 and may apply for up to $2000 in professional travel support. For 2015-16 the Baldy Center also plans to co-sponsor one post-doctoral fellowship focused on the Transnational Business Interactions Framework with York University. Further information on this fellowship is available below.
Mid-Career and Senior Fellowships are available to established scholars who wish to work at the Center, typically during a sabbatical or research leave. Awardees will receive a living expense allowance of $1,500 per month during the period of their residence.
Application materials include:
(1) a description of the planned research (question, conceptual framework, method, possible findings, importance to the field),
(2) a complete academic and professional resume,
(3) an academic writing sample,
(4) the names and contact information of three academic references (no letters yet), and
(5) if a mid-career or senior applicant, the time period during which the applicant would work at the Center. Completed applications are due no later than February 2, 2015. (Apply by clicking the button below). For further information, see our answers to frequently asked questions. Additional questions about the Baldy Fellows Program should be addressed to Assistant Director Laura Wirth, email@example.com or (716) 645-2581.
Primary criteria for selection include intellectual strength of the proposal, demonstrated academic achievement, and promise of future success. Additional considerations include the overall mix of topics, disciplines, and backgrounds of the selected group of fellows.
For information on current and past Baldy Fellows, see the Baldy Center website.
The Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy is an endowed, internationally recognized institute that advances interdisciplinary research on law, legal institutions, and social policy at the State University of New York at Buffalo. More than 200 faculty members from numerous SUNY Buffalo departments participate in Baldy Center research, conferences, consortia, and publications. The Center maintains cooperative ties to other research centers and hosts distinguished scholars from around the world as visitors, fellows, speakers, and conference participants.
Call for Applications
Transnational Business Governance Interactions
Osgoode Hall Law School and the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto and the Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy at the State University of New York at Buffalo invite applications from junior scholars in law, business, the humanities, and the social sciences for a post-doctoral fellowship in Transnational Business Governance Interactions for the academic year 2015-2016.
Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 2015-16
The Fellow will play a key role in advancing an international, interdisciplinary research agenda devoted to the study of Transnational Business Governance Interactions (TBGI)–the myriad forms of competition, cooperation, conflict and coordination among the many non-state and quasi-state initiatives that seek to regulate social, environmental and other aspects of global business across national borders, from accounting standards to sustainable forestry certification. TBGI also include interactions between these transnational initiatives and more conventional state-based and intergovernmental governance institutions.
The Fellow will work in the hub of an international TBGI research network led by Professors Stepan Wood of Osgoode Hall Law School, Errol Meidinger of SUNY Buffalo Law School, Kenneth Abbott of Arizona State University, Julia Black of the London School of Economics and Burkard Eberlein of the Schulich School of Business. The Fellow will work under the joint supervision of Professors Meidinger and Wood.
To maximize mutual benefits for the Fellow and the TBGI research network, the Fellowship will have two complementary elements.
First, the Fellow will develop and execute his or her own discrete research project in the context of the TBGI research agenda. The project should be at the cutting edge of TBGI scholarship.
Second, the Fellow will help shape the TBGI research agenda by co-organizing and participating in an international workshop on TBGI at York University in Fall, 2015 and playing a lead role in mobilizing the resulting knowledge via social media and conventional publications. Among other things, the workshop is expected to produce a collected volume of papers, co-edited by the Fellow and the TBGI network leaders.
The Fellow will spend approximately half of his or her time in residence at York University in Toronto (preferably in Fall 2015) and the other half in residence at the Baldy Center in Buffalo (preferably in Winter/Spring 2016). The Fellow will receive standard university privileges at both institutions.
Osgoode Hall Law School is an internationally recognized leader in business law, social justice, international and transnational law. The Schulich School of Business is consistently at or near the top of world rankings for research and teaching in corporate social responsibility and sustainable business. The Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy is an endowed, internationally recognized institute that advances interdisciplinary research on law, legal institutions, and social policy and has a long tradition of cutting-edge research in regulation and governance. These three institutions and their respective universities bring together a critical mass of internationally recognized expertise in corporate responsibility, international law and politics, transnational governance, sociolegal studies, social policy, and sustainable business.
The Fellow may have the opportunity for short visits at the Department of Law in the London School of Economics and Political Science, hosted by TBGI project co-leader Professor Julia Black, and/or at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, hosted by TBGI project co-leader Professor Kenneth Abbott.
The Fellow may have the opportunity to teach a course or seminar at York University or at SUNY Buffalo, depending on the Fellow’s interests and the respective institutions’ curricular needs.
The Fellow will receive a total stipend roughly equivalent to CAD $47,000, part of which will be paid in Canadian currency while the Fellow is resident at York University, and the remainder in US currency while the fellow is resident at the Baldy Center. He or she will also receive a research budget roughly equivalent to CAD $4,500, along with US $1,000 in relocation expenses.
The Fellowship is funded jointly by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Partnership Development Grant and by the Baldy Center’s Fellowship program.
The Fellow is expected to:
The Fellow is also encouraged to develop collaborative research projects with York University and/or SUNY Buffalo faculty members where appropriate.
- Vigorously pursue his or her individual TBGI research project.
- Produce at least one substantial TBGI-related scholarly paper, which will be issued in the Osgoode Hall Legal Studies Research Paper Series and in the Baldy Center’s working paper series.
- Present his or her research in at least one public seminar at York University, and at least one public seminar at SUNY Buffalo.
- Participate actively in the intellectual life of the institution where he or she is resident (York University and the Baldy Center, respectively).
- Work with Professors Meidinger and Wood to refine and advance the TBGI research agenda by (a) assisting with the organization of, and participating actively in, an international TBGI research workshop at York University during the 2015-16 academic year (likely during Fall 2015), and (b) taking a lead role, under the direction of Professors Meidinger and Wood, in mobilizing the resulting knowledge to wider audiences, which is expected to include co-editing a peer-reviewed collection of workshop papers.
Eligibility and Duration
The Fellowship will last for one academic year and is expected to run from September 1, 2015 to August 31, 2016. Some adjustment to these dates may be possible.
The Fellowship is open to scholars in law, business, the humanities and the social sciences who have or will have successfully completed their PhD, SJD or equivalent degree in the five-year period ending August 31, 2015.
TBGI Applications should be submitted electronically or by mail simultaneously to:
|Professor Errol Meidinger
The Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy
511 O’Brian Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260
|Professor Stepan Wood
Osgoode Hall Law School
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
The deadline for receipt of applications is February 2, 2015.
Applications should include (1) a description of the planned research project (question, theory, method, originality, significance, and relation to the TBGI conceptual framework), (2) a complete academic and professional resume, (3) one or more academic writing samples, and (4) the names and contact information of three academic referees, who need not send references until they are requested.
Additional questions about the Fellowship should be addressed to Assistant Director Laura Wirth, firstname.lastname@example.org or +1 (716) 645-2581, or to Professor Stepan Wood, email@example.com or +1 (416) 736-5036.