Fellowships and Prizes

Research Fellowships

Harry Starr Fellowship in Judaica

The Starr Fellowship covers travel expenses and a stipend for a group of scholars from around the world to gather at Harvard to engage in full-time research in a designated subject area in Judaica. The Starr fellowships for 2021-2022 will be available exclusively to recent Ph.D. recipients working on topics in Jewish Studies dealing with the medieval period (800 – 1500 CE). There will be no theme for this year, but we will try to put together a group of scholars with overlapping interests. Applications are limited to candidates who have received the Ph.D. degree between May 2018 and May 2021. Applicants who do not have the Ph.D. degree in hand at the time of the application must provide a letter from their advisor stating that they will have the Ph.D. in hand by June 1, 2021. Starr Fellows must be in residence during the time of their appointment (unless University policy, due to the pandemic, forbids Harvard-sponsored travel and access to Harvard buildings and resources).  It is hoped that fellows will participate in the academic and social life of the University and the Jewish studies community at Harvard. Fellows must minimally be in residence during the spring term, but we encourage fellows to come for the entire year. Starr Fellows will receive a stipend of $40,000 for the spring semester or $60,000 for the full academic year.

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The Application Deadline is Thursday, January 14, 2021.

Daniel Jeremy Silver Fellowship

The Silver Fellowship provides an opportunity for an active congregational rabbi to spend a full semester at Harvard University researching an area of Jewish scholarship. The Fellowship will provide generous funding for one semester at Harvard and is intended to allow the recipient to begin, continue, or complete a piece of serious research in some area of Jewish scholarship before he or she returns to congregational life. Fellows must be in residence. 

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The Application Deadline is Thursday,December 15, 2020.

Graduate Fellowships

Summer Study and Research Fellowships for Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Students

The Harvard University Center for Jewish Studies has limited funds available to support qualified Harvard GSAS students in the field of Jewish studies with summer research or study opportunities.

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The Application Deadline is February 20, 2020. 

J-term and Spring Semester 2021 Research Fellowships for Harvard Graduate Students

The Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University has limited funds available to support qualified Harvard University graduate students in Jewish studies with a J-term research opportunity. We are only permitted to offer J-term 2021 funding to students who were enrolled in the fall 2020 term and will be enrolled in the spring 2021 term.

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The Application Deadline is Thursday, November 19, 2020.

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem – Harvard University Exchange Program for Harvard GSAS Students

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The Application Deadline is Wednesday, March 4, 2020.

Undergraduate Fellowships

J-term and Spring Semester 2021 Research Fellowships for Harvard Undergraduate Students

 The Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University has limited funds available to support qualified Harvard University undergraduate students in Jewish studies with a J-term research opportunity. We are only permitted to offer J-term 2021 funding to students who were enrolled in the fall 2020 term and will be enrolled in the spring 2021 term.

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 Application deadline is Thursday, November 19, 2020.

 Summer Study and Research Fellowships for Harvard Undergraduate Students

 The Harvard University Center for Jewish Studies has limited funds available to support qualified Harvard College students with summer research or study opportunities in Jewish studies.

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 Application Deadline is Thursday, February 20, 2020.

 Selma and Lewis Weinstein Prize in Jewish Studies

 $2,500 awarded to the Harvard College student with the best essay on a Jewish theme.

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 Application Deadline: Monday, March 23, 2020

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