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Professor Intisar Rabb and the Program in Islamic Law (PIL) at Harvard Law School are accepting applications from students for various positions, including Research Assistants in Islamic Law and Data Science, Program Fellow, Outreach Fellow, and Student Editors for the Journal of Islamic Law and the Shariasource portal. Full details posted here. 

The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study is currently offering myriad student opportunities, including accepting applications for grant stipends; Law, Education, and Justice Student Working Groups; the Radcliffe Student Advisory Board; and, student-only events. Please see the Radcliffe website for further details. Contact Kristen Kraveet with any questions.


Prof. Rabb and Program in Islamic Law, Graduate Student Research Assistants (RAs) in Islamic Law

The Program is hiring two (2) RAs to work on various research and publications projects on Islamic law with the opportunity to work with scholars in the field on various projects. Students may have the opportunity to receive acknowledgement credit as student editors on the Islamic Law Blog. Positions are open to all HLS students, as well as Harvard graduate students. Knowledge of Arabic and/or Persian is a plus, but not required.

Applications must be submitted via Formstack, including a single paragraph of interest, resume, and unofficial transcript. Applications  are due on Thursday, 24 September and accepted on a rolling basis thereafter. 

Position terms run through December 31, 2020; there is a possibility of renewal dependent on need and performance.

Prof. Rabb and Program in Islamic Law, CS Student Research Assistants (RAs) in Data Science 

Especially relevant in a time of COVID-19, when virtual resources are more necessary than ever before, the Program in Islamic Law seek a research assistant to work on various data science projects working at the intersections of digital humanities, with a special interest in Islamic law and history.  Current PIL data science projects include the SHARIAsource PortalStackLife – the Digital Library of Islamic Law, and the soon to be released Courts and Canons Database. Students will have the opportunity to work directly with faculty and software developers on developing data visualizations, network mapping, and other computational tools to build meaningful methods to enable innovative new research legal history. Projects will facilitate collaborative research among scholars seeking to answer major questions in Islamic law and history, and to map them visually across time and space.

The position is open to Harvard Law School (HLS) students, as well as Harvard students, both graduate and undergraduate. Applicants must be well-versed in GIS, Python, Ruby on Rails, and/or R. *Please ensure it is detailed on your resume. Experience with digital humanities projects is preferred. Familiarity with Arabic is useful but not required.

Applications must be submitted via Formstack, including a single paragraph of interest, resume, and unofficial transcript. Applications  are due on Thursday, 24 September and accepted on a rolling basis thereafter. 

Position terms run through December 31, 2020; there is a possibility of renewal dependent on need and performance.


Program in Islamic Law, Program Fellow

Professor Rabb is seeking a student to serve as the program fellow for the Program in Islamic Law. Positions are open to HLS students; preference is given for 2L and 3L students. Responsibilities include community network development, report and grant writing support, communications development and maintenance, describing relevant PIL events, projects, and news items at HLS and online to interested students; organizing webinars and organizing information sessions for students and editors who wish to learn more about and plug into this field of study; and performing research on new developments and/or digital humanities tools that may augment this field of study. The fellow will be compensated at the standard research-assistant rate [or, alternatively may opt to receive up to 2 credits each semester]. Work is anticipated to be 10 hours per week.

Applications should be submitted via Formstack, including a resume, brief statement of interest (no more than two paragraphs), and unofficial transcript by Thursday, October 1, 5PM US ET.

Position term runs through academic year 2020-2021. 

Program in Islamic Law, Outreach Fellow

Professor Rabb is seeking a student to serve as the outreach fellow for the Program in Islamic Law. Positions are open to HLS students; preference is given for 2L and 3L students. Responsibilities include preparing a monthly newsletter (“PIL News”); maintaining an active presence on our social media accounts; developing target strategies; preparing analytics reports; describing relevant PIL events, projects, and news items at HLS and online to interested students; and performing research on new developments and/or digital humanities tools that may augment this field of study. The fellow will be compensated at the standard research-assistant rate [or, alternatively may opt to receive up to 2 credits each semester]. Work is anticipated to be 15 hours per week.

 Applications should be submitted via Formstack, including a resume, brief statement of interest (no more than two paragraphs), and an unofficial transcript by Thursday, October 1, 5PM US ET. 

Position term runs through academic year 2020-2021. 


Journal of Islamic Law, Student Editors

Professor Rabb is seeking four (4) student editors for the Journal of Islamic Law. Preference is given for 2L and 3L students. Responsibilities include submitted article review, style guide and copy editing, and posting to the online platform. Students will receive masthead attribution for the Journal’s upcoming Spring 2021 issue. Each editor will receive 1-2 credits each semester. Work is anticipated to be 5-10 hours per week. Arabic language and transliteration skills is not necessary but a plus for one or more editors.

Applications should be submitted via Formstack, including a resume, brief statement of interest (no more than two paragraphs), and an unofficial transcript by Thursday, October 1, 5PM US ET.

Position terms run through March 2021 (Journal publication date).

Program in Islamic Law, SHARIAsource, Student Editors

Professor Rabb is seeking four (4) student editors for special collections of primary sources of Islamic law and legal history + data science on the SHARIAsource portal. Preference is given for 2L and 3L students. Responsibilities include editing, assisting Prof. Rabb and other scholars in developing special collections for the online portal; and performing research on new developments and/or digital humanities tools that may augment this field of study. Students will receive attribution on the SHARIAsource platform. Each editor will receive 1 credit each semester. Work is anticipated to be 7-10 hours per week. While it is not required, it is a plus if some applicants have Arabic, Persian, and/or Turkish language skills.

 Applications should be submitted via Formstack, including a resume, brief statement of interest (no more than two paragraphs), and an unofficial transcript by Thursday, October 1, 5PM US ET.

Position terms run through academic year 2020-2021.