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.
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The Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University
Invites applications for the 2020-21 Harry Starr Fellowship in Judaica 
on the theme:

The Changing Contours of Jewish Thought

The fields of Jewish Thought– Philosophy, Mysticism and Kabbalah, and Intellectual History—have witnessed a recent upsurge of interest fueled by the blurring of borders between its various subfields; a more interdisciplinary approach which has viewed its subjects through the lens of critical theory, sociology, and legal studies (among others); and greater efforts to understand developments and changes in Jewish Thought within its larger intellectual contexts in Western culture.

The 2020-21 Starr Fellows program will assemble a working group of six scholars whose work deals substantively with Jewish Thought in any of its fields or modalities. Proposals may address any topic in Jewish thought in any geographic region and in any historical period, but preference will be given to projects focusing upon the changes that scholarship in the field has undergone in the recent past. 

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, 2020.) It 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.

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

Tuesday, December 3, 2019
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** Please be advised that any recommendations sent via email must come directly from the recommender.  Also, please note on your application if recommendations will be arriving via hard copy rather than email.
Please email all recommendations to: cjs@fas.harvard.edu

The fellowship committee will inform applicants of their decisions in the Spring of 2020.

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

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