Joachim Herz U.S. Exchange Program for Young Legal Scholars

Bucerius Law School proudly invites outstanding young legal scholars from the U.S. to apply for the Joachim Herz Fellowship Program. Through this program, Bucerius and the Joachim Herz Foundation strive to expand the transatlantic academic exchange between young German and U.S.-based jurists. This fellowship program targets candidates who are interested in the field of legal research and teaching and who wish to enhance their profile by putting their research into a transatlantic context.

Joachim Herz Fellows are expected to spend approx. three months at Bucerius Law School and to become active members of the Bucerius community. Joachim Herz Fellows will receive a stipend of €7,000 for their three-month stay. The fellows may choose any three-month period that is convenient to them and does not coincide with their other duties at their home universities or their employers.

Fellows will have

  • their own workspace,
  • access to all Bucerius facilities as well as the library of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law,
  • the opportunity to discuss their research with Bucerius Ph.D. candidates and faculty,
  • present their research to the wider Bucerius community through a lunch-time lecture,
  • organizational support from the International Office.

Fellows are exempt from paying tuition to Bucerius Law School.

Eligibility to apply for a Joachim Herz Fellowship is limited to:

  • Recent (within the past 7 years) JD graduates with an interest in pursuing an academic career,
  • Doctoral candidates,
  • Post-doctoral researchers,
  • Young faculty members (JD graduation within the last 7 years),
  • 3L law students who wish to conduct research after graduation,
  • Young associate lawyers with an interest in academic research,
  • Research projects in the field of international and comparative law,
  • Candidates who are affiliated with a U.S.-based partner institution of Bucerius Law School

In accordance with the Joachim Herz Foundation’s mission of supporting the transatlantic exchange of ideas between young people in Germany and the United States, successful applicants must have U.S. citizenship or permanent residency (green card holder), must have the intention of continuing their career in the United States of America and must preferably be under 35 years of age.

Application process

Applicants are required to submit all necessary documents (as a single PDF file in German or English) to Kasia Kwietniewska, Director of the International Office at kasia.kwietniewska(at) Candidates should submit their application at least two months prior to the beginning of their proposed research stay at Bucerius.

  • Application form (available on request)
  • Curriculum vitae (including a list of publications)
  • Motivation letter
  • Outline of the research project (no more than 2000 words)
  • Copies of degree certificates and transcript
  • Names and contact details of two proposed references.
"The beauty of Bucerius is its small size. Within a few days, faces began to look familiar, and I began to feel like a part of the community. Bucerius’s international group of visiting scholars and students only amplifies the school’s ability to make people feel at home. I would encourage prospective visiting scholars to take in as many of the lectures and to meet as many of the faculty and students as possible. You are likely to learn as much from them as from the materials in the library."
David Stute, USA, Joachim Herz Fellow 2018
"During my stay at NYU I had the opportunity to present my habilitation project in a variety of forums to faculty members and peers. This was an incredibly stimulating intellectual exercise. The numerous constructive comments I received have – while assuring me to be on the right path – helped me to see more clearly which parts of my research I still need to reflect on. "
Paulina Starski, Germany, Joachim Herz Fellow 2017


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