Weinstein International Fellowship
The Weinstein International Fellowship program, inaugurated in 2008, provides opportunities for individuals from outside the United States to visit the U.S. to learn more about dispute resolution processes and practices and to pursue a project of their own design that serves to advance the resolution of disputes in their home countries.
The JAMS Foundation Board of Directors will approve Fellowships of up to $25,000 in support of projects outlined by Fellowship applicants. This program is intended to be flexible and open to innovation, and applicants are encouraged to develop proposals that will increase the availability of dispute resolution education, training and services in their home countries and beyond.
During their time in the U.S., Fellows will spend some of their time at a JAMS Resolution Center. Depending on the nature of their proposal, Fellows may also participate in a university program or be connected to other organizations or institutions. Such affiliations can take may forms, from formal enrollment in graduate degree programs to more informal arrangements providing varying degrees of access and support. Applicants are strongly encouraged to research and establish such affiliations prior to or concurrent with their Fellowship application. While the JAMS Foundation will make every effort to facilitate introductions where possible, it is Applicant’s responsibility to identify and establish affiliations with organizations with which they plan to work or study.
Fellowships may be from one month to one year in duration.
It is anticipated that Fellows will come from countries that do not have an established culture of using mediation for cases in litigation. Part of the Fellows’ time in the United States will be spent observing how JAMS administers and resolves such cases.
1. Applicants must be fluent in English
2. Fellowship period must be one month to twelve months in duration
3. Applicants must be available to attend a week-long gathering of Fellows in the San Francisco Bay Area in early September, 2012
4. Preference for proposals that would help applicant’s home country establish viable dispute resolution systems or change how disputes are resolved
5. Preference for applicants who have experience as lawyers, law professors, court administrators, government officers, ADR practitioners, or judges
Information Sought From Applicant
1. Purpose and goal of Fellowship
2. Anticipated activity or activities in the U.S.
3. Proposed duration and location(s) of Fellowship
4. Plan for accomplishing Fellowship objectives upon return to home country
5. Educational background
6. Dispute resolution training and experience
7. Organizations or institutions with which you are affiliated in your home country
8. Organizations or institutions with which you expect to be affiliated while in the U.S.
9. Amount of funding sought and proposed budget regarding use of funds
10. Other sources of funding available, applied for, or awarded
11. Additional non-monetary resources or support requested from the JAMS Foundation
12. Current visa status for entry into U.S. (visa type, expiration date)
Please note that pursuant to U.S. State Department regulations, the JAMS Foundation is not an approved ‘Sponsor’ with regard to the issuance of visas to foreign nationals. While the JAMS Foundation will make every effort to help facilitate visa applications of Weinstein Fellows, Fellows are individually responsible for obtaining the necessary visa for the purposes and duration of their Fellowship.
Please also note that pursuant to U.S. Internal Revenue Service regulations, Fellowship funding is subject to taxation as income. This tax may be affected by a number of factors, including recipient’s country of origin, whether that country has a tax treaty with the U.S., and the purpose for which Fellowship funds are used. Additional information regarding the taxation of income to foreign nationals is available at www.irs.gov.
Fellowship applications for 2012 will be reviewed by the JAMS Foundation Board of Directors at their first quarterly meeting on January 27, 2012. Applications must be received by December 2, 2011 in order to be eligible for consideration, and may be submitted electronically or in hard copy.
Complete application submissions include the following:
1. Fellowship application form
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. Two signed letters of recommendation
Letters of recommendation may be included with your application or sent directly from the recommending party. If submitted electronically, signed letters must be scanned and sent in PDF or comparable format.
Fellowship awards will be announced in March, 2012.
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