Arcadia Fellowship in International Copyright

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PIJIP’s project on the Right to Research in International Copyright invites applications for the Fellowship in International Copyright. The Fellowship is intended for students pursuing a career in academics, research, or public interest legal practice in the field of international copyright law. Fellows receive a 50% tuition scholarship for an LL.M. in Intellectual Property and Technology and a paid research position with the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property.

Fellowship Benefits

Fellows will participate in a 16 month program of study and research, beginning in August 2022. Fellows are required to take the courses listed below. They will participate in a program-long supervised research project culminating in the presentation of a major thesis in their final semester. Fellows will also work as a PIJIP Research Assistant supervising J.D. students in collaborative research projects, performing and guiding research and analysis, and assisting in the coordination and administration of academic meetings, conferences and other activities.

Completion of this LL.M. is primarily intended for those intending to enter an academic or other research-focused career and does not qualify participants to sit for the New York or another U.S. bar examination to practice law in the United States.


The course work for Fellows consists of the following courses, subject to alteration with approval of the LL.M. Director. Foreign students with an F-1 Visa must maintain 8 credits per semester and may pursue a year of optional practical training (OPT) at the end of the program. 


Students from non-common law countries must also take:
American Legal Institutions
Legal Research & Writing

Digital Copyright 
Advanced Legal Research: IP

Copyright, Licensing and Open Licensing 
Intellectual Property and Trade in the Multilateral System (Geneva, Switzerland)


Master’s Thesis (Legal Research Project)

Optional Practical Training*

Applicants must apply for and be admitted to the LL.M. in Intellectual Property and Technology. To apply for this fellowship, please submit a separate fellowship application essay describing in more detail your specific public interest goals and qualifications and particular interest in any of PIJIP’s projects. We highly value recommendations from academics or public interest organizations who are familiar with PIJIP’s work. We also encourage provision of a writing sample.  Applicants who are not accepted for the Arcadia Fellowship in International Copyright will be considered for the Information Justice Fellowship

In order to be eligible, applicants must:

  • Hold a Juris Doctor (JD) from a US law school accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) or a first degree in law from a foreign law school with equivalent standards. 

  • Submit a completed application form along with supporting documents before the application deadline

  • International applicants must meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement


Applications are due by March 1.