Nancy F. Atlas

SPONSORED SCHOLARSHIP GRANTS
FOR JUDICIAL CLERKS

Based in Houston, Texas, The Honorable Nancy F. Atlas Intellectual Property American Inn of Court
(Atlas IP Inn) provides the Sponsored Scholarship Grants program for judicial clerks (SSG-Clerks)
to facilitate newly-authored scholarship on Intellectual Property & Information Law (IPIL) by Federal Appellate Court clerks or District Court clerks.

The SSG program for judicial clerks is administered for the Atlas IP Inn by the IPIL Institute at the
University of Houston Law Center. As one of the nation's leading programs for the study of intellectual
property and information law, IPIL is pleased to provide this administrative support for the creation
and dissemination of quality scholarship in its field.

The SSG program for judicial clerks provides grants for IPIL-related scholarship from scholars
serving or soon serving the Federal Appellate Courts or District Courts as judicial clerks under a two-year
or shorter appointment. The program is made possible through the remarkably generous
support of the Atlas IP Inn.

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: ssgpclerkipil@uh.edu

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, depending on judicial rules, the selected scholar must wait until the clerkship completes to receive payment after completing the paper. Many applicants pre-clear with their judges before submitting an application.

Current Judicial Clerks SSG-Clerks Program Parameters

Application Deadlines for the 2017 IPIL SSG-Clerks Program for Judicial Clerks:
Applications will be collected throughout the fall until December 15, 2016. By mid-March of the following year, selections will be made from the applications by considering all applications received up through the December 15 deadline.

Grant Amounts for the 2017 IPIL SSG-Clerks Program for Current or Incoming Judicial Clerks of Article III Federal Appellate Courts or District Courts:
$3,000 upon submittal of the final copy, after completion of the clerkship, and other applicable requirements

Recipients of prior awards.

These Sponsored Scholarship Grants programs are administered for The Honorable Nancy F. Atlas Intellectual Property American Inn of Court by the University of Houston Law Center's Institute for Intellectual Property and Information Law.

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