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. Applications will be accepted from scholars at any rank including independent scholars.  A Ph.D. degree is required and Fellows must be in residence in the Boston area. Applicants who have not completed their doctorate must supply with their application a letter from their doctoral director stating that the applicant will have the degree in hand before July 1, 2020It is hoped that fellows will participate in the academic and social life of the University and the Jewish studies community at Harvard. The stipend is $40,000 for the spring semester or $60,000 for the full year.

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The Application Deadline is December 3, 2019.

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 December 5, 2019.

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 2020 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.

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The Application Deadline is Thursday, November 14, 2019.

Undergraduate Fellowships

J-term and Spring Semester 2020 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.

 

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Application deadline is Thursday, November 14, 2019.

 

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

Upcoming Events

  • Sunny Yudkoff: The Bacterial Turn in Yiddish Literature: Two Case Studies February 20, 2020 at 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Harvard University, Adolphus Busch Hall, Hoffman Room, 27 Kirkland Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA Sunny Yudkoff is an Assistant Professor in the Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic and the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her first book, Tubercular Capital: Illness and the Conditions of Modern Jewish Writing (Stanford University Press, 2019), was awarded the Salon Wittmayer Baron Prize. Her work has appeared in Jewish Social Studies, Prooftexts, and Literature…
  • Conference: Beyond Translation: Vernacular Jewish Bibles, from Antiquity to Modernity February 24, 2020 at 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Harvard Faculty Club, East Dining Room, 20 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA Panel I: TheAncient PeriodPaul Kosmin, Harvard University (Chair)Annette Yoshiko Reed, New York University Steven Fraade, Yale UniversityPanel II: The Medieval PeriodNicholas Watson, Harvard University (Chair)Meira Polliack, Tel Aviv UniversityLuis Giron-Negron, Harvard UniversityPanel III: The Early Modern and Modern PeriodsJon Levenson, Harvard Divinity School (Chair)MarionAptroot, Heinrich-Heine-Universität DüsseldorfAbigail Gillman, Boston UniversityPanel IV: The Twentieth CenturySandra Naddaff, Harvard University (Chair) Naomi Seidman,…
  • Vivian Liska: The Jew as Migrant: From Theory to Poetry February 25, 2020 at 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Harvard Divinity School, CSWR Common Room, 42 Francis Ave, Cambridge MA 02138 Annual List Lecture in Jewish StudiesVivian Liska is Professor of German literature and director of the Institute of Jewish Studies at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. Since 2013, she is Distinguished Visiting Professor in the GermanDivision of the Faculty of the Humanities at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She has published extensively on literary theory,…