Weinstein JAMS International Fellowship for Foreign Individuals to Train in USA (Up to $20,000 offered)

Weinstein JAMS International Fellowship

Course(s) Offered: Dispute resolution
Course Level: Training fellowship
Provider: Jams Foundation
Country to Study in: USA

Scholarship Description
The Weinstein JAMS International Fellowship Program, inaugurated in 2008, provides opportunities for qualified individuals from outside the United States to study dispute resolution processes and practices in the U.S. to assist them in their efforts to advance the resolution of disputes in their home countries.

It is anticipated that Fellows for the Weinstein Fellowship Program will come from countries that do not have an established culture of using alternative dispute resolution (ADR) for cases in litigation. Part of Fellows' time in the U.S. will be spent observing how JAMS administers and resolves such cases.

The Weinstein Fellowship Program is designed to be flexible and open to innovation, and applicants are encouraged to be creative in pursuing activities in the U.S. that will serve to expand the use of ADR in their home countries.

The Program is intended for individuals who have demonstrated experience with and commitment to the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and who seek to increase the availability of dispute resolution education, training and services in their own countries and beyond.

Criteria for fellowship application:
  • Applicants may not be citizens of the United States.
  • Applicants must be fluent in English.
  • Proposed Fellowship must be one month to four months in duration.
  • Fellowship funding may only be used to support Fellowship activities in the U.S. and is not available for in-country projects.
  • Preference for proposals that would help establish viable dispute resolution systems or change how disputes are resolved.
  • Preference for applicants with experience as judges, lawyers, law professors, court administrators, government officers, or ADR practitioners.
  • Preference for applicants able to commence their Fellowship with the annual gathering of Fellows in the San Francisco Bay area in early September 2020.
Eligible groups
Citizens of ANY country (EXCEPT the USA)

Participating institution
Depending on the nature of their proposal, Fellows may also participate in university-based programs or be affiliated with other organizations or institutions that may help to advance their interests and goals. Such affiliations can take many forms, from formal enrollment in graduate degree programs to more informal arrangements providing varying degrees of access and support.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to research and begin to establish such affiliations prior to or concurrent with their Fellowship application. While the JAMS Foundation makes every effort to facilitate introductions where possible, it is Applicant's responsibility to research available opportunities and to establish affiliations with the organizations or institutions with which they intend to work or study.

Fields of study
Fields on dispute resolution; including any project design that serves to advance the resolution of disputes in Fellow's home country.

In addition to their other activities, Fellows are also required to attend a week-long gathering of all 2020 Fellows in the San Francisco Bay Area in early September 2020.

Number of awards
Not specified

Sponsorship duration
Fellowships may be from one month to four months in duration. While applicants may propose activities lasting longer than four months, Fellowship funding is limited to the Fellowship period.

Scholarship benefits
The JAMS Foundation will approve Fellowships of up to $20,000 in support of projects outlined by Fellowship applicants

Method of Application
Complete application submissions must include the following:
  1. Fellowship Application Form (downloadable in Word and PDF formats below)
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Two Signed Letters of Recommendation*
*Letters of Recommendation may be included with your application or sent directly from the recommending party. If submitted electronically, letters must be signed, scanned and sent in PDF or comparable format.

Click to download the Fellowship application form in Microsoft Word or PDF format.

Electronic submissions should be sent via email to Ellen Bass, Weinstein JAMS Fellowship Program Director, at EBass@jamsfoundation.org.

Hard copy submissions should be mailed as follows:

Ellen Bass
Weinstein JAMS Fellowship Program Director
Two Embarcadero Center, Suite 1500
San Francisco, CA 94111

Fellowship applications for 2020 must be received by November 15, 2019 in order to be eligible for consideration and may be submitted electronically or in hard copy.

Applications will be reviewed by the JAMS Foundation Board of Directors at their first quarterly meeting of 2020. Final selection of 2020 Fellows will be announced in March 2020.

JAMS, formerly known as Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services, Inc. is a United States-based for-profit organization of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services, including mediation and arbitration. Founded in 1979 in Santa Ana, California, a 1994 merger with Endispute of Washington, D.C. made JAMS into the largest private arbitration and mediation service in the United States.

Application Deadline: 15 November 2019
Open for International Students: Yes

Further Scholarship Information and Application

Related: November Deadline Offerings for Students and Scholars

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