Intellectual Property Fellows
How to Apply
The Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts at Columbia Law School is accepting applications for a fellowship program to support future legal academics interested in the field of copyright and authors’ rights.
The fellow will have the opportunity to spend two years in residence at Columbia Law School. Approximately half of the fellow’s time will be spent working on the fellow’s own research. Possible research topics include: (1) Are there alternatives to the current notice and takedown system that would better serve individual authors and small copyright holders who lack the resources to monitor online infringement? Can these alternatives avoid the pitfalls of mechanized enforcement? (2) Are there regulatory, market access and other trade barriers that need to be overcome in order to foster better opportunities for independent creators and artists? (3) As online intermediaries, including services such as YouTube, Spotify and others emerge as economically significant players, what regulatory or policy measures or oversight mechanisms are needed to ensure that authors receive appropriate returns? Proposals for scholarly research in other areas will be considered.
The other half of the fellow’s time will be spent working with members of the Columbia Law School IP community on Kernochan Center projects such as those undertaken by the Center’s program for Intellectual Property Studies and Law Reform. It is expected that fellows will produce an independent work of scholarship that will position them to enter the job market for full-time academic employment.
Fellows receive a stipend of approximately $65,000 plus benefits as well as space at the law school and a limited travel budget. The Kernochan Center will facilitate access to a broad range of creators and copyright-related industries to deepen the Fellow’s understanding of copyright from a practical as well as a legal perspective.
The fellowship will commence in September 2013. Applicants should be 2-5 years out of law school and planning a career in academia. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, proposal for scholarly research (5-8 pages), two letters of recommendation, law school transcript and a list of additional references by March 31, 2013 to:
June M. Besek, Esq.
Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts
Columbia Law School
435 West 116th Street, Box A-17
New York, NY 10027
Columbia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.