Edwards Fellowship

Columbia Law School invites applications for the R. Randle Edwards Fellowship in Chinese Law for the academic year 2023-2024 starting in the fall. Deadline is usually around January 15th. The deadline will be determined when the application opens. The Edwards Fellowship supports outstanding Chinese legal scholars and teachers who wish to spend a period in residence at Columbia Law School and conduct research under the direction of Columbia's Center for Chinese Legal Studies.

It is expected that three Edwards Fellowships will be awarded for the 2023-2024 academic year. Fellows are typically required to spend one semester (fall or spring).

The Edwards Fellowship was established to honor Professor emeritus R. Randle Edwards, who was the founder and director of the Center for Chinese Legal Studies until his retirement in 2002.

The R. Randle Edwards Fellowships for Visiting Chinese Law Scholars have been established with support from the Ford Foundation and through contributions of friends and former students of Professor emeritus Edwards.


Applicants must:

  • Have strong English language skills;
  • Be engaged in full-time law teaching or academic research;
  • Be 35 years of age or younger OR be engaged in full-time research or law teaching for less than five years, and who will, by the start of their period as a fellow, have been engaged in full-time research or law teaching for at least one year (full-time students will generally not be considered);
  • Have not previously studied or conducted research for an extended period in the United States.


Edwards Fellows will receive a monthly stipend calculated to cover the expenses of one person in New York during the period in residence.  The stipend amount is expected to be approximately U.S. $2,600 per month. Columbia Law School cannot provide any financial or logistical assistance for accompanying spouses, including securing suitable family housing. All scholars must purchase their own health insurance in accordance with the rules of the ISSO office. Selected scholars who intend to be accompanied by a family member must provide evidence of financial support for such family member in accordance with Columbia University rules. Further information regarding evidence required is available upon request.

How to Apply

To apply, scholars must complete both the visiting scholar application and the Edwards Fellowship application.

If you have questions, you may contact International Programs Manager.