Center for Jewish History Dr. Sophie Bookhalter Graduate Research Fellowship

The application deadline for Graduate Research Fellowships starting in Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 is June 30, 2021.

The Center for Jewish History offers ten-month fellowships to doctoral candidates to support original research using 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. Preference is given to those candidates who draw on the archival and library resources of more than one partner institution. Fellowships must run for 10 months, starting either fall 2021 or spring 2022, and applicants should have completed all requirements (i.e., coursework, exams, dissertation proposal) for the doctoral degree except for the dissertation. Fellows are encouraged to spend two days per week in residence in the Lillian Goldman Reading Room using the archival and library resources; however, we also encourage applications from applicants who will be fully remote (if the collection material is predominantly digitized and available remotely) or from applicants who will operate on a hybrid model (e.g., spend a month or two at the Center and work remotely for the remainder of the fellowship period). Fellows must also participate in the Center’s 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 their experience as a Center fellow. In-residence fellowships carry a stipend of $22,500 for a period of 10 months. Remote or hybrid fellowships carry a stipend of $20,000 for the same period, plus the Center will be able to support digitization of a limited amount of collection material relevant to the fellow’s research.

Eligibility

  • The fellowship is open to qualified doctoral candidates from accredited domestic and international institutions.
  • In-person, fully-remote, and hybrid fellowships will be considered, depending on the availability of digitized collection materials.
  • Applicants should have completed all requirements (i.e., coursework, exams, dissertation proposal) for the doctoral degree except for the dissertation.
  • Fellows will be permitted to hold a concurrent fellowship provided that it does not interfere in any way with full participation in the activities described above. Please consult the Center before accepting any additional fellowships, academic or other positions to be held during the term of the Center fellowship.
  • 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 is not a visa-granting institution.

Requirements for Application

  • Cover letter stating area of interest, knowledge of relevant languages, preference for the in-residence, hybrid or remote category, 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 experiences
  • Research proposal of no more than four 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
  • One letter of recommendation from the candidate’s primary advisor. The letter should address the significance of the candidate’s work for their field, as well as the candidate’s ability to fulfill the proposed work. Please ensure that your application indicates the name and contact information of the person writing the letter of recommendation on your behalf.
  • Letter of recommendation should be sent separately, directly by the recommender – preferably by email – to the address below.
  • Please submit application materials 1-4 by email.

The schedule for the application process is as follows:

  • All application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be received by June 30, 2021 for consideration.
  • Announcement of grant recipients by August 16, 2021
  • Commencement of grant period is fall 2021 or spring 2022
  • Conclusion of grant period, 10 months after commencement

Applications are to be submitted to:

Julie Kaplan
Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011
United States of America
Email: fellowships@cjh.org