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The Silha Fellowships and Research Assistantships (2014-15)

The Silha Research Assistantships based at the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication provide outstanding law and graduate students with the opportunity to work on a variety of Silha Center projects. Law and graduate students have helped to research and write a comprehensive outline on global digital privacy for the Practising Law Institute’s annual Communications Law in the Digital Age conference, drafted comments on proposed regulations and rules before federal and state courts and administrative agencies, as well as prepared amicus briefs, including before the U.S. Supreme Court. In addition to undertaking scholarly research, Silha Fellows and Research Assistants are responsible for the writing, editing and production of the Silha Center’s Bulletin.

Candidates for the Silha Research Assistantships should demonstrate experience in conducting legal research. Students pursuing a law degree or a concentration in legal scholarship are ideal. Candidates should also have an interest in media ethics. Applicants with an undergraduate journalism degree and/or prior experience in journalism are very strongly preferred. Assistantships are usually awarded for one academic year (Fall and Spring semesters), but at least one position will begin in Summer 2014. Applicants seeking a Research Assistantship, for Summer 2014, only to assist with research and writing of the 2014 PLI Communications Law outline, will also be considered. Appointments range from a minimum of 10 hours to a maximum of 20 hours per week, and include a stipend and, during the academic year, partial tuition and health insurance benefits. 

Please submit the following:

1.  A completed SJMC scholarship application

2.  A résumé or curriculum vitae

3.  A copy of academic transcripts (need not be certified)

4.  A cover letter explaining the applicant’s interests 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

5.  Two short writing samples: one should be a legal writing sample, and one should be non-legal, preferably a journalism writing sample (reporting rather than commentary is preferred).

To obtain a copy of the SJMC scholarship application, or to submit a completed Silha Center Fellowship/Research Assistantship application, please contact Angie Rehn, Graduate Student Services, at (612) 625-4054 or e-mail at   Closing date for applications is March 24, 2014.