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The Silha Fellowships and Research Assistantships

The Silha Fellowships and Research Assistantships based at the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication provide outstanding law and graduate students with the opportunity to assist with a variety of Silha Center projects. Law and graduate students have helped to draft comments on proposed regulations and rules before federal and state courts and administrative agencies, as well as to prepare amicus briefs, including before the U.S. Supreme Court. In addition to conducting scholarly research, Silha Fellows and Research Assistants are responsible for the writing, editing and production of the Silha Center's Bulletin. http://www.silha.umn.edu

Candidates for the Silha Fellowships and Research Assistantships should demonstrate experience in conducting legal research; students pursuing a law degree are ideal. Candidates should also have an interest in journalism ethics. Applicants with a journalism degree, or prior experience in journalism, are strongly preferred. An interest in new media is a plus. Fellowships and assistantships are usually awarded for one academic year, but applicants seeking a Research Assistantship for Summer 2010 only will also be considered. Appointments range from a minimum of 10 hours to a maximum of 20 hours per week.

How to apply
Please submit the following:
1. A completed SJMC scholarship application
2. A résumé or curriculum vitae
3. A copy of academic transcripts
4. A letter explaining the applicant's areas of interest in media law and/or ethics, including how these interests could benefit the Silha
Center and how an association with the Silha Center would enhance professional and academic progress.
To submit a completed Silha Center Fellowship/Research Assistantship application,
please contact Heather Myers Larson, Graduate Student Personnel Coordinator, at (612) 625-4054 or e-mail at sjmcgrad@umn.edu.
Closing date for applications is March 19, 2010.