Conferences and Funding Opportunities

Broader funding opportunities for the entire University of Pittsburgh are provided here.

The Thirteenth Amendment and Economic Justice

Conference Location and Dates:

University of Nevada, Las Vegas
William S. Boyd School of Law
March 2-3, 2018

Scholars have recently applied the Thirteenth Amendment to a number of contemporary problems ranging from minimum labor standards to mass incarceration.  This Conference aims to gather scholars of the Thirteenth Amendment from law schools and academic departments throughout the United States and beyond.  This conference focuses specifically on the ways that the Thirteenth Amendment can be used now in legislation, litigation and discussions aimed at reducing economic injustice in the United States.

We also welcome analysis that interrogates the interactions between economic justice and other forms of subordination such as race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion and immigration status.   This conference will be the inaugural event of the Thirteenth Amendment Project, an interdisciplinary association of scholars of labor, class, race, caste and poverty at law schools and universities throughout the United States and the wider world.

We are seeking publication opportunities in a variety of outlets for papers presented at the conference. We extend a special invitation to scholars new to the field (including junior faculty and senior scholars) to submit proposals for works in progress.  Senior scholars who have written extensively in this field will provide feedback and detailed commentary for planned publication.

To submit a paper to be considered for presentation at the Conference, please upload an abstract of no more than 300 words at the following link https://law.unlv.edu/event/thirteenth-amendment-and-economic-justice-symposium no later than 11:59 pm Pacific Time on Monday, October 23, 2017.  The conference organizing committee will notify applicants of its decisions by November 15, 2017.  A preliminary program will be posted on December 1, 2017. Completed papers will be due by February 1, 2018.  The conference will take place Friday-Saturday March 2 and 3, 2018 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Boyd School of Law.

Please direct any questions to 13thamendproj@gmail.com

Pitt MCSI announces 2017-18 funding opportunities

The Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation is pleased to announce four grant initiatives to help faculty and students engage in sustainability research, education and outreach.  See summaries below with links to the full RPFs. 

MCSI Conference Grants Program | Conference Grants RFP

Application Deadline: September 15, 2017

In order to more broadly promote Mascaro Center research as well as provide opportunities for MCSI associated students to learn about cutting edge research and educational programs throughout the country and abroad, MCSI has allocated funds to support undergraduate and graduate student participation at conferences.   <<Conference Grants RFP>>

The John C. Mascaro Faculty Fellowships in Sustainability | Faculty Fellowship RFP

Application Deadline: Friday, October 20, 2017

MCSI is pleased to announce the continued support of Faculty Fellowships in Sustainability. The John C. Mascaro Faculty Fellowships are designed to enhance the university’s mission of interdisciplinary excellence in sustainability research and education. During the fellowship period, Fellows will be expected to contribute to intra- and inter-disciplinary research as well as help to team-teach one sustainability course as part of the university’s new undergraduate sustainability certificate and M.S. degree in Sustainable Engineering.  Faculty members from all disciplines across the University of Pittsburgh are encouraged to apply.

MCSI Seed Grant Program in Sustainability (all disciplines)  | University Seed Grant RFP

Application Deadline: Friday, October 20, 2017

MCSI is requesting grant proposals for faculty to participate in high-quality research and teaching endeavors in sustainability. The goals of the grants are: (1) catalyze the formation of interdisciplinary synergistic research teams focused on sustainability (2) fund projects capable of obtaining external funding upon completion; and (3) enhance Pitt’s national recognition in sustainability and the visibility of interdisciplinary sustainability research and education on campus.

MCSI Sustainable Engineering Seed Grant Program (engineering/science focused)  | Engineering Seed Grant RFP

Application Deadline: Friday, January 26, 2018

MCSI is requesting faculty grant proposals for interdisciplinary sustainability education and research initiatives.  The goals of the grants are to: (1) seed funding to develop ideas to the point where external funding can be obtained and (2) engage faculty to work in solving pressing sustainability problems.

National Conference of Constitutional Law Scholars

THE REHNQUIST CENTER is pleased to announce the inaugural National Conference of Constitutional Law Scholars. The conference will be held at the Westward Look Resort in Tucson, Arizona, on March 16-17, 2018. Its goal is to create a vibrant and useful forum for constitutional scholars to gather and exchange ideas each year.

Adrian Vermeule will deliver a keynote address. Distinguished commentators for 2018 include:

  • Jamal Greene
  • Cristina Rodriguez
  • Aziz Huq 
  • Reva Siegel
  • Pamela Karlan
  • Robin West
  • Frank Michelman

All constitutional law scholars are invited to attend. Those wishing to present a paper for discussion should submit a 1- to 2-page abstract by September 15, 2017. All constitutional law topics are welcome, and both emerging and established scholars are strongly encouraged to submit. Selected authors will be notified by October 15, 2017. Selected papers will be presented in small panel sessions, organized by subject, with commentary by a distinguished senior scholar.

Please send all submissions or related questions to Andrew Coan. For logistical questions please contact Bernadette Wilkinson. The Rehnquist Center will provide meals for all registered conference participants. Participants must cover travel and lodging costs. Hotel information will be provided as the date approaches.

Register now


AALS Section on Children and the Law – Call for Papers and Annual Conference Panel

Our rapidly-evolving political landscape will lead to dramatic change across multiple areas of law and policy, both in this country and abroad. Lawyers, scholars, and policymakers are examining the social impact of this change in a range of domains, including healthcare, immigration, the environment, education, criminal law, and family law. Yet too often, children’s unique interests are obscured by broader discussions around the interests of their parents, or the status of families more generally. In contrast, this Panel will focus squarely on the rights and interests of children by engaging in a child-centered analysis of recent legal and political change in the United States. Panelists will consider the impact of law and policy change on children in a variety of contexts including healthcare, immigration, criminal law and policy, and family law. This panel will include 1-2 speakers selected from this call for papers. Panelists include Monica Bell (Yale Law School), Nancy Dowd (University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law), Kate Leone (General Counsel to Senator Jeanne Shaheen, U.S. Senate), David Thronson (Michigan State University College of Law). Papers should be submitted to Professor Meredith Harbach at mharbach@richmond.edu by Thursday, August 31, 2017.

Call for Authors – Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Torts Opinions

DEADLINE: Friday August 25, 2017

The U.S. Feminist Judgments Project seeks contributors of judicial opinions rewritten to reflect a feminist perspective, and commentaries on the cases and rewritten opinions, for an edited book collection tentatively titled Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Torts Opinions.  This edited volume is part of a collaborative project among law professors and others to rewrite, from a feminist perspective, key judicial decisions in the United States.  The initial volume, Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Opinions of the United States Supreme Court, edited by Kathryn M. Stanchi, Linda L. Berger, and Bridget J. Crawford, was published in 2016 by Cambridge University Press.  Subsequent volumes in the series will focus on different areas of law and will be under review by Cambridge.

Read more in the application


Journal of Sociological Research - Call for Papers

The Journal of Sociological Research aims at developing and refining a body of knowledge about human social structure and activity, sometimes with the goal of applying such knowledge to the pursuit of social welfare. Its subject matter ranges from the micro level of face-to-face interaction to the macro level of societies at large. The journal is multi-disciplinary and serves both academic and practitioner audience. A variety of topics relevant to the journal are as follows: Family and the Population, Inequality: Race, Class, and Gender, Law, Crime, and Deviance, Organizations, Work, and Markets, Political Sociology and Social Movements, Education, Health, Culture, Social Policy, Social and Political Opinion Research, Survey Methodology and Theoretical Sociology


American Constitution Society Junior Scholars Public Law Workshop 2018 AALS - Call for Papers

The deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. on October 18, 2017. Submissions should be works that have not been published as of January 1, 2018.  More information.


New and Emerging Voices in Workplace Law Session at 2018 AALS Annual Meeting

The AALS Section on Employment Discrimination Law and AALS Section on Labor Relations and Employment Law is inviting submissions for a joint program, New and Emerging Voices in Workplace Law, at the AALS 2018 Annual Meeting in San Diego, California on Thursday, January 4, 2018, from 3:30-4:45 p.m.  

About: This works-in-progress session will give emerging workplace law scholars the opportunity for engagement on a current project with leaders in the field.  Each selected scholar will present a work-in-progress and receive comments from an assigned commentator, as well as from an audience of scholars in the field.  The session will provide new scholars a supportive environment in which to receive constructive feedback.

Eligibility: Full-time faculty members of AALS member and fee-paid law schools are eligible to submit proposals. This call for papers is targeted to scholars with seven or fewer years of full-time teaching experience.  Visitors (not full-time on a different faculty) and fellows are eligible to apply to present at this session.

Submission Format: Please submit an abstract, précis, and/or introduction of the article that is sufficiently developed to allow the reviewers to evaluate the thesis and proposed execution of the project.  

Submission Instructions: To be considered, proposals should be submitted electronically to Professor Naomi Schoenbaum, George Washington University Law School, at nschoenbaum@law.gwu.edu, and Professor Danielle Weatherby,  University of Arkansas School of Law, at dweath@uark.edu.  The deadline for submission is Friday, September 1, 2017.  

Selection: Presenters will be selected after review by the Chairs of both sections.  Selected authors will be notified by September 29, 2017.  Presenters will be responsible for paying their annual meeting registration fee and travel expenses.  To facilitate valuable feedback at the session, presenters should provide a substantial draft by December 4, 2017.   

Questions: Any inquiries about the Call for Papers should be submitted to the Chair for the Section on Employment Discrimination Law, Professor Naomi Schoenbaum, at nschoenbaum@law.gwu.edu and/or the Chair for the Section on Labor Relations and Employment Law, Danielle Weatherby, at dweath@uark.edu.


Call for Papers for the Education Law Section at the 2018 AALS Annual Meeting

The AALS Education Law Section is pleased to announce a call for papers for our 2018 Annual Meeting session, called “Law, Politics, and the Public University,” co-sponsored by the Sections on Constitutional Law and State and Local Government Law.

Panel details:

The session will be held on Thursday, January 4, 2018, from 1:30 to 3:15 pm. A panel of leading scholars and administrators in higher education will provide different perspectives on the future of public higher education. Political and legal conflicts in this arena have been front-page news in recent years. Americans are deeply divided about whether higher education plays a positive role in this country, and only one in three adults has earned a bachelor’s degree.

Panelists will put these conflicts and facts in context, addressing topics such as the First Amendment, sanctuary campuses, student debt and higher education financing, for-profit colleges, admissions policies, and the demographics of higher education.

Submission information:

One presenter will be selected from this call for papers after review by the Education Law Section executive committee. Submissions should be emailed to Professor Eloise Pasachoff at eloise.pasachoff@law.georgetown.edu by Friday, August 25, 2017. Although there are no requirements for the length of the submission, completed drafts will receive preference over abstracts or outlines. The paper selected may have the option of publishing with the Fordham Urban Law Journal, although publication in that journal is not a requirement of participation in the panel; authors interested in this opportunity should so note on their submission.

Authors will be notified of the executive committee’s decision by mid-September. The author of the paper selected will be responsible for paying all expenses associated with attendance at the AALS meeting.

Please direct any inquiries to Professor Pasachoff.


Call for Papers
A Workshop on Legal Transitions and the Vulnerable Subject: Fostering Resilience through Law's Dynamism

December 8-9, 2017
Emory University School of Law
A Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative Workshop

There is a widespread perception that we live in a moment of change that is unprecedented in its scope and pace. Climate change, mass movements of dislocated persons, technological innovation, shifts in recognition of sexual and gender diversity, and new information networks challenge identities, institutions, and political coalitions. The law plays a critical role in creating and responding to change. A significant dimension of individuals' and groups' experience of change involves transformation in legal regulation. Relationships previously outside the law may gain recognition; the social insurance of risk may shift dramatically; entire legal status categories may disappear. As the law transforms, individuals and groups also transition across legal boundaries... Read the entire invitation and guidelines here

Email a proposal of several paragraphs as a Word or PDF document by July 21, 2017 to Rachel Ezrol, rezrol@emory.edu.

Decisions will be made by August 4, 2017 and working paper drafts will be due November 15, 2017 so they can be duplicated and distributed prior to the Workshop.


Call for Papers : Law’s Porosities

The North-American section of the Société de législation comparée is organizing a bilingual conference (French-English) on “Law’s Porosities” on October 26, 2017 in Washington, D.C. at the American University Washington College of Law, in conjunction with the American Society of Comparative Law’s annual meeting, which will be held on October 27 and 28, 2017. Presentations in English or French are welcome.

There is no cost to attend either or both meetings, and reduced hotel costs will be available to anyone registered for either or both meetings.

Please send a short abstract of your proposed presentation before August 31 to VivianeCurran@pitt.edu.

Details for registration will be posted soon on the site of the American Society of Comparative Law: http://ascl.org/

We are hoping to see many of you in Washington!

-Vivian Curran, President, North-American Section, Société de législation comparée,
President, American Society of Comparative Law

-George Bermann, Vice-President, North-American Section, Société de législation comparée


Ford Institute for Human Security Research Grant Competition

The Ford Institute for Human Security seeks to promote high quality research and writing in the field of human security. To that end, we encourage the submission of proposals to the annual competition for full-time or core non-tenured faculty to apply for up to $2,000 to support research and publication on a human security topic.

For more information, view the flyer (PDF).


SEALS 2017 - Call for Submissions

SEALS has begun the process of putting together its 2017 annual meeting program. According to SEALS, they aim to conclude this process by October 31st, to issue a draft program in December, and a final program in mid-January. Anyone can decide to put together a panel or discussion group and submit it through the SEALS website submission portal.


Fulbright Scholars Program: Opportunities in Law

The Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers more than 200 awards around the world for American legal scholars to advance the study and use of law as a cornerstone for building mutual understanding between the people of the United States and people of other countries. Opportunities exist to guest lecture, conduct research, network and build collaboration across a wide range of legal fields. In addition, diverse grant opportunities are available for postdoctoral researchers, academics and professional applicants. Grant activity, length, invitation requirements, language requirements and qualifications vary by award, but a PhD or JD in law is generally required for most awards. See more at www.cies.org/opportunities-law


Global Studies Faculty Fellowship

The University of Pittsburgh Global Studies Center (GSC) announces a competition for its inaugural Faculty Fellow. Each year, GSC will select one outstanding University of Pittsburgh faculty member whose scholarship supports the Center’s research, curricular, and outreach priorities. This award is designed to advance and showcase faculty research related to GSC’s themes. The fellowship will provide up to $5,000 for travel, research, and curricular development and up to an additional $15,000 in support of a major scholarly event (e.g., workshop, conference, exhibition, performance, seminar, research collaboration; see guidelines below for some restrictions). More information is available at www.ucis.pitt.edu/global/facultyfellow


Faculty Funding Resources for International Research and Projects