Two Notable Fellowships Available in the Field of Jewish Studies

Apply now for two fellowships available from Columbia University and from the JDC!

  1. The Rabin-Shvidler Fellowship at Columbia University and Fordham University
    Eligible: post-doctoral scholars in all fields of Jewish Studies
    Deadline for submission: December 31, 2019
  2. 2020 JDC Archives Fellowship Program
    Eligible: senior scholars, postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, and independent researchers
    Deadline for submission: January 21, 2020

Call for Applications: 2018 Fulbright Awards

The Fulbright Program is calling for applications for the three following grants: Senior Scholar, Senior Specialist and Post-Doctoral Fellow.

  • Senior Scholar: Granted to members of academic staff, senior professionals, or accomplished artists or writers for visits to Israeli institutions of higher education to be carried out during the 2018/2019 academic year. The visiting fellows’ programs of work may include research, lecturing, or a combination of lecturing and research. The program grants will support visits of four months and open to all fields of study.
  • Senior Specialist: This program provides support for short (2 to 6 week) visits by United States academics or senior professionals. This program may include activities such as lecturing to undergraduate or graduate students; professional consultations and advising; participation in workshops, symposia or conferences; and development and/or evaluation of academic curricula or educational materials.
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow: This program offers fellowships in all academic disciplines to American post-doctoral researchers at Israeli universities during the course of academic years 2018/2019 to 2020.

For more information, you can visit the Fulbright Program Award page or email United States Program Manager Imri Grinberg at imrig@fulbright.org.il.

AAJR Postdoctoral Fellowship in American Jewish Studies

The American Academy for Jewish Research (AAJR) announces a nine-month postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Jewish History in American Jewish Studies for a recent recipient of the Ph.D.

The postdoctoral position requires a commitment to research and write a history of the AAJR from its founding in 1920 to the present. It is expected that at the end of the nine-month fellowship (September 1, 2017 – June 1, 2018) the fellow will have completed a 25,000 word publishable article on the history of the AAJR based, in part, on the archives located at the American Jewish Historical Society. As part of the intellectual community of the Center for Jewish History, the postdoctoral fellow will participate in regular bi-weekly seminars and will give a public presentation based on the research completed under the fellowship’s auspices.

Requirements: Ph.D. in a field of American Jewish studies (e.g. history, literature, social sciences) received no earlier than 2012 and in hand by June 2017.

Stipend: $50,000

Application: Interested applicants should send the following items as a single pdf to Christopher Barthel (cbarthel@cjh.org) by March 31, 2017. Fellowship winner will be notified by April 30.

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal state of interest in the fellowship (not to exceed two pages)
  • Writing sample (not to exceed 30 pages)
  • Two confidential letters of recommendation to be sent separately to Christopher Barthel (cbarthel@cjh.org)

For more information, please visit www.fellowships.cjh.org.

Call for Applications: 2018-2019 Core Fulbright Program

The 2018-2019 Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program competition is now open and accepting applications for awards in the Middle East and North Africa. Below are some ways to get involved.

  • Consider applying to teach or research – Explore the Catalog of Awards (http://awards.cies.org) and contact us with any questions regarding specific opportunities. Highlights to the region include:
    • Oman: All Disciplines
    • Jordan: All Disciplines
    • Tunisia: All Disciplines
    • Israel: Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Fulbright US Scholar Program will be hosting an informational webinar on Wednesday, March 8 at 2:00 p.m where they will show an overview of the opportunities throughout the Middle East and North Africa and offer a live Q&A.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and the deadline for the 2018-2019 competition is August 1, 2017.

Post-Doctoral Fellowships at the University of Haifa

The Department of Jewish History and Biblical Studies at the University of Haifa seeks to promote emerging research trends in all areas of Judaic studies. As part of this alignment towards contemporary and innovative approaches, the department is launching a new program of post-doctoral residency.

The Department of Jewish History and Biblical Studies is calling for applications for a one-month residency for two post-doctoral fellows: one in the first semester of the academic year 2017-2018 (October 2017 – January 2018) and one in the second (March – June 2018).

Deadline for Application: April 17, 2017.

For more information on the application requirements and on the program itself, please contact Professor Jonathan Ben-Dov at jonbendov@gmail.com or Dr. Cedric Cohen Skalli at ccohensk@univ.haifa.ac.il.


Research Fellowships at the Center for Jewish History


The Center for Jewish History is offering a range of research fellowships that will provide access to the collections of the Center’s partners – American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum, and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. While in residence at the Center, fellows will participate in a lively academic community, engaging and producing new scholarship in Jewish studies and other fields.

Graduate Research Fellowship

Deadline: February 2, 2017

This is a ten-month fellowship, open to doctoral candidates with ABD status. Fellows receive a $17,5000 stipend and additional funding may be available for applicants at university more than 125 miles from New York City.

Prins Foundation Postdoctoral and Early Career Fellowship for Emigrating Scholars

Deadline: January 16, 2017

This is a ten-month fellowship open to scholars from outside North American and Israel. Fellows will receive a stipend of up to $35,000.


Full application guidelines can be found on the Center for Jewish History’s website. For more information, please contact Chris Barthel at cbarthel@cjh.org.

Calls for Applications to the Leo Baeck Fellowship Programme


The International Leo Baeck Fellowship Programme awards fellowships to doctoral students who carry out research into the history and culture of Central European Jewry. We welcome projects on any period or field (including literature, philosophy, history, musicology), and any region (such as Europe, Israel, the Americas), as long as they relate to German-speaking Jewry. In addition to financial support for one year, the program offers an opportunity to exchange ideas and to network. It is open to doctoral candidates of any nationality, studying at any university. All fellows remain at their home institution, but get together for two workshops which are jointly organized by the Studienstiftung de deutschen Volkes and the Leo Baeck Institute London.

More information and where to apply can be found on the website of the Studienstiftung or on the website of the Leo Baeck Institute London.

Deadline: February 1, 2017

Oxford Seminar in Advanced Jewish Studies 2018 Fellowship


The Oxford Seminar in Advanced Jewish Studies is bringing together an international team of scholars from different disciplines to work on the religious and political vocabulary of the Septuagint, combining the expertise of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, where it will be based, with the resources of the Oxford Classics Faculty and the Faculty of Linguistics, Philogy and Phonetics. The project will illuminate for biblical scholars the cultural world who produced and read the books of the Septuagint, and will illuminate for classical scholars the ways in which Jews of the Greek world adapted to the dominant culture and influenced it in turn.

Weekly interdisciplinary seminars, and a series of workshops will bring specialists in the Septuagint together with classicists, linguists, historians, and historians of religion. Septuagint vocabulary will be examined along with the Hellenistic cultural background and the methodological problems relating to the background.

Weekly seminars will be convened through the duration of two Oxford terms: January 14 to March 10, 2018 and April 22 to June 16, 2018. These will offer a forum for the Fellows to address central research topics related to the overall theme of the Seminar. The concluding conference will be held June 25-27, 2018.

Visiting Fellows will receive an allowance of £2,515 (pro rata) per calendar month for the period of their tenure. Traveling expenses up to £550 will also be provided, and the Fellows will be provided with a college association during their time at Oxford. Applicants should indicate the specific research they would undertake in the course of the Fellowship and how this research would contribute to the broader work of the project. Applications by senior scholars, and by scholars at the postdoctoral and advanced doctoral level, are welcome. For more information and where to apply, please visit the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies’s website.

Deadline: December 16, 2016

2017 JDC Archives Fellowship


The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee Archives is pleased to announce that is accepting applications for its 2017 Fellowship program. In 2017, 5-6 fellowships will be awarded to seniors scholars, postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, and independent researchers to conduct research in the JDC Archives, either in New York or in Jerusalem. Research topic sin the fields of twentieth century Jewish History, modern history, social welfare, migration, and humanitarian assistance will be considered, as well as other areas of academic research covered in the JDC archival collections. The fellowship awards are $2,500-$5,000.

Deadline: January 15, 2017

Call for Applications – AJS Dissertation Completion Fellowship Competition


The Association for Jewish Studies invites applications for its second annual Dissertation Completion Fellowship competition. This program is generously supported through a grant from Legacy Heritage Fund. Launched in 2016, this fellowship program awards seven finishing-year fellowships annually ($20,000 each) to PhD students entering the final year of their programs and completing a dissertation in the field of Jewish Studies. The Fall 2016 competition will support fellowships in the 2017-2018 academic year.

The Dissertation Completion Fellowships will encourage the timely completion of doctorates by the most promising graduate students in the field; create a cohort of fellows who will lead the field of Jewish Studies for decades to come; expose new audiences to Jewish Studies scholarships through fellows’ public lectures; and promote continued growth of academic Jewish Studies, at a time of institutional cutbacks in the humanities and social science. The program will both provide resources to fellows, in the form of a $20,000 stipend, as well as professional development opportunities, through a mid-year workshop and ongoing contact with mentors during the fellowship year. Only students who are in the final stages of writing their dissertations and who display clear evidence of their ability to defend their dissertations by June 20, 2018 are eligible to apply for this program.

A unique feature of the program will be its public engagement component. Each fellow will be asked to give one public lecture or workshop at the end of their fellowship year in which they will share their research with a general audience. The purpose of this public speaking component is to give fellows crucial experience in making their work accessible to an interested but non-expert public, and to help satisfy the great demand for engaging and sophisticated discussion of Jewish history, literature, religion, and culture.

For further information, including application instructions please visit the AJS website. Questions? Contact Amy Weiss, AJS Grants and communications Coordinator, at aweiss@ajs.cjh.org. You can apply via Interfolio at this link.

Deadline: December 6, 2016