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Center For Jewish History Dissertation Fellowships Policy

Undergraduate and graduate emerging filmmakers working on their own original projects on topics related to modern Jewish history are encouraged to apply for this fellowship, which supports research in the archives housed at the Center. The award is designed to help further existing projects, or to start new projects, whose subject matter is in line with the cullections housed at the Center. Recipients are eligible for awards of up to $5,000 and are provided with access to the resources at the Center. Students are selected for one academic year of research through a rigorous and competitive process and are expected to present finished works, or works in progress, to a public audience at the Center.

The Center for Jewish History is proud to announce the establishment of the Joseph S. Steinberg Fund for Emerging Jewish Filmmakers. The Fund will support research in the archives housed at the Center for Jewish History, with the goal of ultimately presenting finished works, or works in progress, at the Center to a public audience.

Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply for funding to further existing projects, or to start new projects, whose subject matter is in line with the cullections housed at the Center for Jewish History. All applicants should be prepared to indicate which specific materials and cullections they intend to include in their project. The goal of this fellowship is to provide small stipends to emerging filmmakers working on topics related to modern Jewish history, and is not limited to film students.

The Fund will work to support projects that address significant subjects; offer fresh, challenging perspectives; engage audiences across cultural lines; and expand the understanding of Jewish experiences based on the cullections of the Center's five partners.

Fund recipient(s) will be eligible for awards up to $5,000 and will be provided with complete access to the resources at the Center for Jewish History.

The artist(s) are to be selected for one academic year of research in the Lillian Goldman Reading Room through a rigorous and competitive process. A committee of distinguished filmmakers, scholars, and experts will carefully review applicants.

Requirements for Application

The prospective artist(s) are to be chosen, not only on the basis of academic excellence and promise, but on how useful the resources of the Center archives and libraries will be to their work.

  • Completed application (click to download)
  • Please submit a CV or resume detailing education history, previous filmmaking experience, and museum or gallery experience.
  • At least one, preferably two, letter(s) of recommendation/support
  • Please indicate in a separate document whether the film project has received any form of funding and the sources of that funding.
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Please send all application materials together electronically as one PDF document.

Applications are to be submitted to:

Judah Bernstein, Ph.D.
Academic Programs Coordinator
Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011
United States of America

Harris Center Graduate Research and Travel Grants

The Harris Center offers grants for M.A. and Ph.D. students in any discipline at UNL who are conducting research connected with Jewish Studies, broadly conceived. Selection is competitive, and applicants must be able to demonstrate that Jews, Judaism, Jewish texts, Jewish history, or Jewish culture are a key component of the project. The grant may be used for travel and/or material. Budget and budget justification required. Awards range up to $1500, depending upon the scope and nature of the proposed research and the number of recipients selected. The deadline is generally March 15. Awards are made for the following summer or next academic year. 
Application: [.pdf][.doc]

Internships and Summer Programs


Washington, DC - The Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies administers a summer program designed for students accepted to or currently enrolled in a master’s (MA) degree program or in their first year of a PhD program. Students who have completed more than one year of doctoral work will not be considered. Students in all relevant disciplines are eligible, including history, political science, literature, Jewish studies, philosophy, religion, sociology, anthropology, comparative genocide studies, law, and others. Assistants are expected to participate in a weekly training seminar led by Museum staff, which introduces them to key subjects, essential tools, useful methods, and approaches as well as career opportunities in Holocaust research.

New York City- Paid summer internship program for a graduate student who will participate in work on a specific research topic (jointly determined by the candidate and the LBI) related to LBI collections, which can include archives, library, photo collection, and art collection. The research project should pertain to the lives of refugees of the 1930s and 1940s in New York. The fellow will be supervised by the director of research and will work on a day-to-day basis with archives and library staff. Ph.D. candidates from history, sociology, literature, or Jewish studies programs are eligible.

New York City - The Center for Jewish History Seminar on Archival and Historical Research is a three-day program for rising college seniors, recent university and college graduates, M.A. students, and first- and second-year doctoral students to learn the skills and methods of conducting archival research within one of the premier research libraries in the United States. The seminar’s focus will be geared towards learning a variety of tools to access information and incorporate archival and library research into specific projects. In addition, participants will be introduced to the vast holdings of the Center’s partner organizations, and the ways those collections are created, stored, and preserved. Students from various disciplines are eligible, including history, Jewish studies, literature, religion, politics, sociology, anthropology, as well as area and regional studies. Each participant will have the opportunity to conduct their own research in the Center’s Reading Room, utilizing the full complement of the available research tools.

Philadelphia, New York, Jerusalem - Summer school for students pursuing doctorates in all fields of Judaic studies. Open to all graduate students in the first three years of study. The objective of the school is to expand the academic horizons of the participants by exposing them to new approaches and areas of study. In small seminar settings focused on specific textual readings with senior faculty and some of the best and brightest students from North America, Europe, and Israel, the program creates a sense of social and intellectual connection among all participants, and exposes students to fields beyond their specific areas of specialization. Includes full or partial fellowships to successful candidates for travel and living expenses, depending on need.

Durham, NC- Awards of up to $1500 per week, plus airfare, to support scholars, students, and independent researchers whose work would benefit from access to the Judaica materials held by the Rubenstein Library, the Duke Divinity School Library, and/or Perkins Library. Research topics must be strongly supported by Duke University's Judaica collections. Any graduate or undergraduate student, faculty member, or independent scholar is eligible to apply.

Cincinnati, OH- The Marcus Center administers thirteen endowed fellowships for Ph.D. candidates, post-doctoral scholars, and senior or independent scholars, who come to the American Jewish Archives to study some aspect of the American Jewish past. Fellows gather together to research, discuss, and study their chosen topics. Applicants for the Marcus Center Fellowship Program must be conducting serious research in some area relating to the history of North American Jewry.

New York City or Jerusalem - One or two fellowships are awarded each year to deserving scholars engaged in graduate level, post-doctoral, or independent study to conduct research in the JDC Archives, either in New York or Jerusalem. Research topics in the fields of twentieth century Jewish history, general history, and humanitarian assistance will be considered, as well as other areas of academic research covered in the JDC archival collections. The amount granted will range from $2000 to $5000 per fellow.

New York City - Two fellowships per year for doctoral students affiliated with an accredited U.S. institution of higher education or recent Ph.D.’s, providing financial assistance to students for dissertation research work. Extensive use of LBI New York resources is to aid research projects falling within the field of study served by the LBI, namely the social, communal and intellectual history of German-speaking Jewry. The fellowship consists of a stipend of $2000, paid in two installments of $1000, and is normally used within one calendar year.

Germany - One six-month or two three-month graduate fellowship(s), per year, for doctoral students or academics affiliated with an accredited U.S. institution of higher education. Provides financial assistance to doctoral students doing research for their dissertation and to academics in the preparation of a scholarly essay or book that requires a period of research in libraries, archives or research institutions in the Federal Republic of Germany. The research must be in the field of study served by the LBI, i.e. the social, communal and intellectual history of German-speaking Jewry. Stipend of $2000, paid in two installments of $1000, normally used within one calendar year

One or more fellowships per year for students enrolled in a Ph.D. program at an accredited institution of higher education. The fellowships provide financial assistance to scholars whose research projects are connected with the culture and history of German-speaking Jewry. The fellowship(s) consists of an award, not exceeding $3000, to be determined according to the requirements of the project.

Funding for summer travel to archives, libraries, or other research sites abroad, for graduate students in any field of Jewish Studies whose department does not provide travel funds. Not intended for language study or purchase of equipment. Graduate students in any field of Jewish studies at a North American university who have submitted their prospectus and can demonstrate a need to travel to collections are eligible.

For dissertation research and writing. Any student in a Jewish field who is enrolled or registered in a doctoral program and who has had his/her dissertation topic approved is eligible to apply. Grants are given for up to one year, and can be renewed, upon submission of a new application and supporting documents, up to a maximum of four years.

Kagan Fellowships are awarded to outstanding doctoral students around the world who exhibit strong personal commitment to Shoah memory, demonstrate excellence in academic achievement, and possess the potential to provide outstanding professional leadership that will shape the future of Holcoaust scholarship. Candidates can be studying the fields of History, Sociology, Jewish Studies, Political Science, Philosophy, Theology, Women’s Studies and others. Supported research can include: the immediate historical context in which the Shoah took place; political, economic, legal, religious or socio-cultural aspects; ethical and moral implications; or other related, relevant topics. Awards are for the full academic year and can be renewed for a second year.

The Charlotte W. Newcombe Fellowships support students in the final stages of doctoral study whose work offers significant potential for advancing academic scholarship related to ethics and/or religion. Eligibility is limited to students enrolled in doctoral programs in the humanities and social sciences at graduate schools in the United States. Awards are for twelve months of dissertation writing.Highly competitive.

The Berman Fellowship Program aims to support the development and expansion of the field of the social scientific study of Jewish Americans and the contemporary Jewish-American experience and to encourage graduate students in sociology, social psychology, social anthropology, demography, contemporary history, social work, political science, geography and education to expand their research to include the study of North American Jewry. Fellowships will be awarded for one academic year, with the possibility of renewal for a second year. Preference will be given to applicants seeking support for doctoral research, but requests for funding to support the writing phase of the dissertation will also be considered.

The Foundation for Jewish Culture awards four to five doctoral dissertation fellowships per year to emerging scholars who are working in their last year of thesis writing within recognized fields associated with Jewish studies. Applicants should be completing an original dissertation and be finished with all other requirements for the Ph.D.

Washington, DC - The Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies awards fellowships-in-residence on a competitive basis to support significant research and writing about the Holocaust. Ph.D. candidates working on their dissertations (ABD), postdoctoral researchers, and senior scholars in all relevant academic disciplines are eligible, including history, political science, literature, Jewish studies, philosophy, religion, sociology, anthropology, comparative genocide studies, law, and others. The specific fellowship and the length of the award are at the Center’s discretion. Individual awards generally range up to nine consecutive months of residency; a minimum of three consecutive months is required.

New York City - The Center for Jewish History, composed of its five partners (American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research) offers ten-month fellowships to doctoral candidates to support original research using the collections at the Center. Preference is given to those candidates who draw on the library and archival resources of more than one partner institution. Fellows must be in residence at the Center from September to June and applicants should have completed all requirements (coursework, exams, dissertation proposal) for the doctoral degree except for the dissertation.

London, UK - Fellowships in the international Leo Baeck Fellowships Programme are awarded to doctoral students who pursue their research in the field of history and culture of German-speaking Jewry. Besides financial support for one year, the programme offers regular workshops, jointly organised by the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes and the Leo Baeck Institute London. Up to twelve fellows will be selected for the programme, with fellowships awarded for October through September.

Seattle, WA - A one-year, in-residence fellowship at the University of Washington, requiring one public lecture and teaching one undergraduate course. For dissertation-writing or post-doctoral studies.