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The IPIL Sponsored Scholarship Grants (SSG) Program at the University of Houston Law Center is designed to facilitate newly-authored scholarship on Intellectual Property & Information Law (IPIL) by Federal Appellate Court clerks.

As one of the nation’s leading programs for the study of intellectual property and information law, the IPIL Institute at the University of Houston Law Center is pleased to provide this initiative to support the creation and dissemination of quality scholarship in its field.

The IPIL SSG program provides grants for IPIL‑related scholarship from scholars serving or soon serving the Federal Appellate Courts as judicial clerks under a two-year or less appointment.  The program is made possible through the remarkably generous support of the Institute’s contributors and supporters.

Grant amounts may change from year to year, but are typically in the four‑figure range, paid upon submitting the final copy, with one grant selection anticipated approximately each year.  Grants will not be awarded to prior recipients.  All articles must be of publishable quality, relate to IPIL subject matter, and  total ideally within the range of 10,000 to 20,000 words, inclusive of footnotes.

To apply for a grant, please submit the following:

  • statement of interest and qualification status
  • detailed résumé or curriculum vitae
  • article proposal, including a proposed table of contents and an article preview between 500 and 750 words (with minimal footnoting), focusing on the article’s claim or perspective, and the supporting rationale
  • copies of selected prior articles

All items should be provided electronically, as attachments in Adobe Acrobat PDF format, in a single submittal emailed to:

One proposal per submitter.  Application materials will be treated in confidence. Article proposals are limited to single-author works.  Co-author or multi-author works will be not considered. Employment guidelines with a judge or a government agency may limit when the award can be paid to the selected scholar, oftentimes the selected scholar must wait until the clerkship completes to receive payment after completing the paper.  Many applicants pre-clear with their judge before submitting an application.

Current Judicial Clerks SSG Program Parameters

Application Deadlines for the 2016 IPIL SSG Program for Judicial Clerks:
Applications will be collected throughout the fall until December 13, 2015.  By mid-March of the following year, selections will be made from the applications by considering all applications received up through the December 13 deadline.

Grant Amounts for the 2016 IPIL SSG Program for Current or Incoming Judicial Clerks of Article III Federal Appellate Courts:

- $3,000 upon submittal of the final copy, after completion of the clerkship, and other applicable requirements

Recipients of prior awards.