Center for Jewish History Fellowship Program

For the past 15 years, fellowship awards at the Center for Jewish History have supported cutting-edge research in the rich 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. More than 100 humanities scholars at various stages of their careers and research projects have taken up residence at the Center and profited from opportunities to share their work with leading scholars in their fields. Support from the NEH and other funders has been critical in helping to build an interdisciplinary community of scholars.

While in residence at the Center on year-long or short-term fellowships, fellows are invited to participate in a vibrant academic community that engages students and scholars from North America, Europe, and Israel. Each year a New York-based scholar serves as the Academic Advisor, directing monthly seminars and offering academic guidance to early career fellows. Comprised of 16 leading scholars in Jewish Studies, the Center’s Academic Advisory Council provides oversight and offers an additional professional resource to fellows. Fellows are additionally invited to take part in regularly scheduled Scholars Working Groups that bring together expert faculty to discuss new Jewish Studies research.

Fellows are encouraged to share their work with a wider audience through public programs at the Center. Lectures, discussions, symposia/conferences, film screenings, concerts, and other programs provide a creative platform for fellows to draw attention to their research in the partner collections and convey their knowledge to the public.

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For a complete list of available fellowship programs, please click below to view descriptions and application guidelines. Questions about the fellowship program may be directed to Christopher Barthel, Director of Academic Programs.

Available Fellowships

  • NEH Fellowship for Senior Scholars

    The application deadline for the NEH Fellowship for Senior Scholars starting in Fall 2018 is January 3, 2018.

    The Center offers a fellowship to senior scholars through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The award supports original research at the Center in the humanities, including but not limited to Jewish studies, Russian and East European studies, American studies and Germanic studies, as well as musicology, linguistics, anthropology, sociology and history. Applications are welcome from college and university faculty in any field who have completed a PhD more than six years prior to the start of the fellowship and whose research will benefit considerably from consultation with materials in 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. Fellowships carry a stipend of up to $50,400 for a period of one year. Fellows are expected to conduct original research at the Center, deliver at least one lecture based on the research conducted, actively participate in the scholarly community at the Center, acknowledge the Center and NEH in all publications resulting from research completed during the fellowship, and submit a report upon completion of the fellowship describing the experience.

    Download the Application Guidelines

    Responsibilities of NEH Senior Scholar

    • Conduct original research at the Center for Jewish History on a full-time basis. Please note that in accordance with NEH regulation, recipients of NEH grants may not accept teaching assignments or undertake any other major activities during the tenure of the award.
    • Deliver at least one public lecture at the Center based on the research conducted.
    • Actively participate in the scholarly community at the Center. Each year the Center welcomes numerous fellows to work in Center partner collections including graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. The NEH Senior Scholar is expected to take part in fellowship program meetings approximately twice monthly.
    • Acknowledge the Center for Jewish History and the National Endowment for the Humanities in all publications resulting from the fellowship.
    • Submit a detailed report upon completion of the fellowship describing the experience as a Center Fellow.


    Eligibility

    • Open to all college and university faculty who received a PhD more than six years prior to the start of the fellowship.
    • Open to all U.S. citizens as well as foreigners who have lived in the U.S. for the 3 years immediately preceding the application deadline. It is the responsibility of the applicant to have the appropriate visa for acceptance of the stipend for the duration of the award.

    Requirements for Application

    • Cover letter stating area of interest, knowledge of relevant languages, and how the project relates to the mission of the Center for Jewish History
    • Curriculum Vitae, including: places of employment and rank; education; major grants, awards, and prizes; major publications, which include monographs, edited volumes, book chapters, translations, and peer-reviewed articles; a short list of recent conference papers
    • Research proposal of no more than five pages double-spaced, including specific reference to the collections at the Center and clearly stated goals for research during the period of the fellowship
    • A one-page bibliography of important secondary sources for the project
    • Three letters of recommendation, which address the significance of the candidate’s work for his or her field as well as the candidate’s ability to fulfill the proposed research project. Letters of recommendation should be submitted under separate cover—preferably by email or dossier service—to fellowships@cjh.org. Please indicate in your application materials the names and email addresses of those submitting letters in support of your application. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that letters of recommendation are submitted by the deadline.
    • Please submit application materials 1-4 by email as one continuous PDF file if possible.

    The schedule for the application process is as fullows:

    • Applications for the 2018-19 academic year are due January 3, 2018. All application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be received by this date for consideration.
    • Announcement of grant recipients: March 31, 2018
    • Commencement of grant period: Variable, from summer 2018
    • Duration of grant period: 12 months

    Applications are to be submitted to:

    Christopher Barthel, PhD
    Director of Academic Programs
    Center for Jewish History
    15 West 16th Street
    New York, NY 10011
    United States of America
    Email: fellowships@cjh.org

  • Graduate Research Fellowship

    The application deadline for Graduate Research Fellowships starting in Fall 2017 is February 2, 2017.

    The Center for Jewish History offers ten-month fellowships to doctoral candidates to support original research using the cullections of the Center’s partners – American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum, and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. 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 2017 through June 2018 and applicants should have completed all requirements (i.e., coursework, exams, dissertation proposal) for the doctoral degree except for the dissertation. It is required that each fellow spend a minimum of three days per week in residence in the Lillian Goldman Reading Room using the archival and library resources. Fellows must also participate in the Center for Jewish History Fellowship Seminar Program, attend bi-weekly meetings of the fellowship program cohort, deliver a minimum of one lecture based on research conducted at Center, and submit a report upon completion of the Fellowship describing her/his experience as a Center Fellow. Fellowships carry a stipend of $17,500 for a period of one academic year. Fellows from universities more than 125 miles away from New York City may be offered additional funding to offset relocation expenses.

    Download the Application Guidelines

    Eligibility

    • The fellowship is open to qualified doctoral candidates from accredited domestic and international institutions.
    • Fellows must be in residence at the Center from the beginning of September 2017 until the end of June 2018.
    • Applicants should have completed all requirements (i.e., coursework, exams, dissertation proposal) for the doctoral degree except for the dissertation.
    • For non-U.S. citizens, it is the responsibility of the applicant to have the appropriate visa for acceptance of the award during the ten-month fellowship term. The Center for Jewish History is not a visa-granting institution but it will help facilitate the visa application process.

    Requirements for Application

    • Register at www.cjh.org/gradregistration
    • Cover letter stating area of interest, knowledge of relevant languages, and how the project relates to the general mission of the Center for Jewish History
    • Curriculum Vitae, including contact information, education, publications, scholarly and/or museum activities, teaching experience, and any other relevant work experience
    • Research proposal of no more than four pages double-spaced, including specific reference to the cullections at the Center and clearly stated goals for research during the period of the fellowship
    • A one-page bibliography of important secondary sources for the project
    • Graduate schoul transcript
    • Three letters of recommendation, which address the significance of the candidate’s work for his or her field, as well as the candidate’s ability to fulfill the proposed work. Please ensure that your application indicates the names and contact information of those writing letters of recommendation on your behalf.
    • Letters of recommendation should be sent under separate cover – preferably by email or dossier service – to the address below.
    • Please submit application materials 2-6 by email. Transcripts may arrive separately to the below address or email address.

    The schedule for the application process is as fullows:

    • All application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be received by February 2, 2017 for consideration.
    • Announcement of grant recipients by April 2017
    • Commencement of grant period, September 1, 2017
    • Conclusion of grant period, June 30, 2018

    Applications are to be submitted to:

    Christopher Barthel, PhD
    Director of Academic Programs
    Center for Jewish History
    15 West 16th Street
    New York, NY 10011
    United States of America
    Email: fellowships@cjh.org

  • Undergraduate Research Fellowship

    Advanced undergraduate students at North American universities are invited to apply to carry out research in the archives and libraries of the Center's partner institutions. This fellowship is designed for third and fourth year undergraduates preparing theses or other major projects in Jewish history and related fields. Projects require substantive use of archival and printed sources (e.g., newspapers, cullections of sermons, memoirs, institutional reports) housed at the Center and not available at the student's home institution. The amount of the fellowship is up to $500 and students are encouraged to seek matching funding from their home institutions. The award may be used for travel purposes and lodging while at the Center. The opportunity to work with these sources can not only enhance the quality and originality of the student's projects but also expose them to the rewards of primary-source research and encourage them to pursue graduate study.

    Permissible expenses: economy-class air, rail or bus fare to New York; lodging, duplication services; per diem of $30 per day.

    After completing their projects, fellowship hulders will be required to submit a brief summary of their findings and indicate the rule played by Center resources in their research as a whule. These reports will be public documents and may be cited, in whule or in part, for Center publicity.

    Download the Application Guidelines

    Requirements for Application

    • Electronic submission of a cover letter, CV or resume, and unofficial undergraduate transcript
    • 1,500-word project proposal with specific description of the Center resources to be consulted
    • A projected budget for the fellowship funds
    • Submission, under separate cover, of a letter of recommendation from the student's thesis or project advisor

    Applications are to be submitted to:

    Christopher Barthel, PhD
    Director of Academic Programs
    Center for Jewish History
    15 West 16th Street
    New York, NY 10011
    United States of America
    Email: fellowships@cjh.org

  • Visiting Scholars Program

    The Center for Jewish History’s Visiting Scholar Program invites scholars working in the field of Jewish Studies who have completed their doctorate or its equivalent to apply for an affiliation with the Center and to work in the cullections of one or more of its partner institutions: American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum, and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. For their period of affiliation, Visiting Scholars will receive workspace at the Center, a Center email address, and access to the cullections housed at the Center for Jewish History. The Visiting Scholar Program does not provide a stipend or financial support.

    Visiting Scholars will be expected to commit to a regular presence at the Center for a minimum of three months, working at the Center at least two days per week. Visiting Scholars are expected to play an active rule in the Center’s Fellowship Program activities by attending bi-weekly meetings and either presenting an academic seminar on their work or participating in a public program. Scholars may apply to be affiliated with the Center for a full academic year (September – May), the fall semester (September – December) or spring semester (mid-January – May), or for the summer (June – August).

    Junior and senior scholars, including those who are on leave from their home institutions, are encouraged to apply, as are independent scholars and scholars who are between academic appointments.

    Download the Application Guidelines

    Eligibility

    • Scholars hulding a PhD or equivalent terminal degree
    • Scholars working on projects that make use of the Center partner cullections
    • Scholars eager to participate in the Center’s active community of researchers

    Requirements for Application

    • A complete curriculum vitae
    • A description of the proposed research project, maximum 3 pages in length, including an explanation of which of the Center partners' cullections will be used
    • The names and contact information of two references
    • Please send all application materials together electronically as one continuous PDF document.

    Applications are to be submitted to:

    Christopher Barthel, PhD
    Director of Academic Programs
    Center for Jewish History
    15 West 16th Street
    New York, NY 10011
    United States of America
    Email: fellowships@cjh.org

  • Joseph S. Steinberg Emerging Jewish Filmmaker Fellowship

    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:

    Christopher Barthel, PhD
    Director of Academic Programs
    Center for Jewish History
    15 West 16th Street
    New York, NY 10011
    United States of America
    Email: fellowships@cjh.org

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