Harry Starr Fellowship in Judaica

The Harvard University Center for Jewish Studies invites applications each academic year for the Harry Starr Fellowship in Judaica. Applicants may come from any discipline in the humanities or social sciences associated with studies in Judaica; junior faculty are especially encouraged to apply. PhDs are required.

The Harry Starr Fellowships were established by a bequest from the estate of Harry Starr, A.B. 1921, LL.B. 1924, who had a broad vision of academic Jewish studies and of their place in university programs in the humanities and the social sciences.

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. By drawing together scholars from a variety of universities and a variety of disciplines within the humanities and social sciences, the Starr Fellows not only share their research with each other, but also with members of the Harvard community.

Residence in the Boston area and participation in the Center community are required during the fellowship appointment. All Starr Fellows must be in residence during the spring semester; full-year fellowships are also available. Fellows are expected to devote full-time study to their projects without undertaking any other major activities and will be asked to present their work-in-progress in a seminar during the spring semester.

The Harvard University Center for Jewish Studies
invites applications for
2021-2022 Harry Starr Fellowship 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)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.

An online application is available here.

Applicants should fill out the online application and submit a short project proposalC.V., and two letters of recommendation by the deadline date of

Thursday, January 14, 2021

** Please be advised that any recommendations sent via email must come directly from the recommender. 
Please email all recommendations to: cjs@fas.harvard.edu

The fellowship committee will inform applicants of their decisions in the Spring of 2021.

Harvard is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Applications from women and minorities are strongly encouraged.

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