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05 November 2014

FELLOWSHIP: The Bonfield Fellowship at Iowa Law (2015/2016)



The Law Library welcomes applications for its newly-created Bonfield Fellowship for a visiting researcher.


The aim of the Bonfield Fellowship is to bring a faculty member at another institution to the University of Iowa, to spend a brief time in residence conducting research in the Law Library’s world-class collections. The fellowship is named in honor of Professor Arthur Bonfield, who directed the Law Library from 1985 to 2014.



The University of Iowa Law Library is among the three largest law school libraries in the United States. As of June 30, 2014, the Law Library had nearly 1.2 million hardcopy, microform, and electronic titles, and nearly 1.4 million hardcopy volumes and microform volume equivalents.



The Law Library’s holdings on the law of the United States and all of its states and territories, Great Britain, and the present and former members of the British Commonwealth are exceptionally strong, as is its collection of EU, UN, and WTO materials. It also has one of the most comprehensive collections in the U.S. of international and comparative law materials, and excellent collections from many non-English-speaking countries, including Argentina, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Mexico, and Russia. The Rare Books Collection includes the Hammond Collection of 1,200 English and Civil law materials and the Leist Collection of 3,000 volumes of German, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, and Canon law. The Law Library also has strength in Islamic and Jewish law.



The Bonfield Fellowship will provide:

  • Round-trip economy airfare for the Fellow between the Fellow’s home city and the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City airport;
  • Hotel accommodation for the Fellow in Iowa City for up to one week;
  • A student research assistant during the Fellow’s period of residence; and
  • A lockable faculty carrel in the Law Library equipped with a desktop computer.

While in residence, the Bonfield Fellow will be expected to:
  • Conduct scholarly research using the Law Library’s world-class collections;
  • Participate regularly at the Law Faculty lunch table;
  • Present a work in progress at an Iowa Legal Studies Workshop; and
  • Participate in a curricular or extracurricular law student event.
Candidates for the Bonfield Fellowship may be self-nominated or may be nominated by a member of the University of Iowa Law Faculty. A nomination consists of the candidate’s CV, a statement of the candidate’s expected research while in residence, and a general indication of the candidate’s proposed dates of residence. The Fellow’s period of residence should be within the academic year. In 2015-16, the academic year begins on August 25 and ends on April 22.

We anticipate that one or two Bonfield Fellow(s) will be in residence in 2015-16. Nominations must be received by February 1, 2015, and should be sent by e-mail to:

Prof. Thomas Gallanis
Associate Dean for Research (Director of the Law Library)

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