The Call For Applications Has Closed
November 7, 2016 - Application opens
December 19, 2016 - Application deadline (11:59 pm EST)
February 2, 2017 - Decisions announced to applicants via email
March 1, 2017 - Funding and project period begins
November 7-8, 2017 - Grant recipients attend 2017 Access Group Legal Education Research Symposium
February 28, 2018 - Project period ends
April 30, 2018 - Final report and related documents due to AIR
View the grant guidelines, complete with application questions, rubric, budget form and other information
Grant Program Overview
This research and dissertation fellows program is a partnership between the Access Group Center for Research & Policy AnalysisSM and the Association for Institutional Research (AIR). The program is a grant competition promoting scholarship on issues related to access, affordability and value of legal education specifically, and graduate and professional education more broadly. Preference is given to proposals that utilize regional, national, or multi-institutional datasets, although research that focuses on a single institution is acceptable. Preference is also given to proposals that specifically address legal education; however, proposals that study access, affordability and value of graduate and professional education more generally are also encouraged. Researchers may analyze pre-existing data or include the construction of a new dataset in their proposal. Membership to Access Group or AIR is not required for grant eligibility.
Two levels of grants are available to support year-long research projects for recipients affiliated with a non-profit U.S. postsecondary institution or relevant higher and legal education organization.
Applications must be submitted online. This funding cannot duplicate or replace other funding from another source for the same project. Applicants will be notified of funding decisions on February 2, 2017. Assistance is available from the AIR grants staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or 850-391-7109.
Previous Grant Recipients
Press Release: More than $300,000 in New Grants Awarded to Promote Research on Graduate and Professional Education
Funded Research Grants
Funded Dissertation Grant
About the Partnership:
Access Group is a nonprofit membership organization comprised of nearly 200 nonprofit and state-affiliated ABA-approved law schools working to further access, affordability and the value of legal education through research, policy advocacy, and direct member and student educational services. Access Group has continually evolved to meet the ever-changing challenges and needs of their member law schools, and the graduate and professional school community at large. From providing financial education resources and services for students and schools, to supporting research programs and data collection, to driving policy advocacy, they work to promote broad access, affordability and the value of legal education specifically, and graduate and professional education more broadly.