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 Malgorzata Bakalarz-Duverger, Academic Programs Coordinator.

Available Fellowships

  • Graduate Research Fellowship

    The application deadline for Graduate Research Fellowships starting in Fall 2019 is January 15, 2019.

    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 library and archival resources of more than one partner institution. Fellows must be in residence at the Center from September 2019 through June 2020 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 $22,500 for a period of one academic year.

    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 2019 until the end of June 2020.
    • 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
    • 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 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
    • Graduate school 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 follows:

    • All application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be received by January 15, 2019 for consideration.
    • Announcement of grant recipients by March 2019
    • Commencement of grant period, September 1, 2019
    • Conclusion of grant period, June 30, 2020

    Applications are to be submitted to:

    Malgorzata Bakalarz-Duverger, Ph.D.
    Academic Programs Coordinator
    Center for Jewish History
    15 West 16th Street
    New York, NY 10011
    United States of America
    Email: fellowships@cjh.org

  • NEH Fellowship for Senior Scholars

    The application deadline for the NEH Fellowship for Senior Scholars starting in Fall 2019 is January 14, 2019.

    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.

    Assessment Criteria

    • The ambition, scope, and intellectual significance of the proposed project, including its value for scholars of Jewish history, humanities scholars, and/or general audiences.
    • The quality and impact of the applicant’s prior work in Jewish Studies and/or a related humanities discipline.
    • The overall clarity and intelligibility of the proposal, with its aims clearly conveyed.
    • The feasibility and appropriateness of the project proposal, including the applicant’s disciplinary and linguistic training and, when relevant, the soundness of the dissemination and access plans.
    • The likelihood that the applicant will become part of the life of the Center for Jewish History for the time of the fellowship, by using its collections for the proposed project, participating in Center events, and mentoring other fellows.

    Download the Application Guidelines


    Please submit your application by January 14, 2019 to:

    Malgorzata Bakalarz-Duverger, Ph.D.
    Academic Programs Coordinator
    Center for Jewish History
    15 West 16th Street
    New York, NY 10011
    United States of America
    Email: fellowships@cjh.org

  • CJH-Fordham University Research Fellowship

    The application deadline for the CJH-Fordham University Research Fellowship is February 1, 2019.

    Fordham University’s Center for Jewish Studies and the Center for Jewish History offer a joint short-term research fellowship in Jewish Studies for scholars outside the New York City metropolitan area whose research focuses on Jewish-Christian relations and who wish to conduct research based on materials housed at the Center for Jewish History and Fordham University.

    The fellow is expected to spend at least a month at the two host institutions, but may stay as long as five months. The fellow’s stay must coincide with either the fall or spring Fordham University academic semesters. The stipend for this fellowship is $5,000.

    The fellow will receive affiliation with Fordham University, and will be required to offer a faculty seminar, and a public lecture, which would be a joint event of Fordham and CJH with alternate venues. The fellow is also expected to participate in scholarly seminars and other meetings at the Center for Jewish History and Fordham University.

    The CJH-Fordham Research Fellowship in Jewish-Christian Relations is made possible by funds from the Center for Jewish History, the Eugene Shvidler Gift Fund at Fordham University, and additional gift funds to Jewish Studies at Fordham University.

    Download the Application Guidelines


    Applications are to be submitted to:

    Malgorzata Bakalarz-Duverger, Ph.D.
    Academic Programs Coordinator
    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:

    Malgorzata Bakalarz-Duverger, Ph.D.
    Academic Programs Coordinator
    Center for Jewish History
    15 West 16th Street
    New York, NY 10011
    United States of America
    Email: fellowships@cjh.org

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