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 2019-20 Harry Starr Fellowship in Judaica 
on the theme:

The Affective Turn in Modern Jewish History.

Feeling, whether innate or constructed, is a fundamental element of self-understanding and representation.  Over the past two decades, the history of emotions has brought a variety of social-scientific perspectives to bear on human experience across time and space. The “affective turn” has influenced not only cultural history but also the study of politics, institutions, and thought.

 The 2019-20 Starr Fellows program will assemble a working group of six scholars whose work deals substantively with methodologies of the history of emotion in the study of Jewish civilization.  Proposals may address any geographic region or period, but preference will be given to projects focusing on the eighteenth through twentieth centuries. 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. Junior faculty are especially encouraged to apply, the Ph.D. degree is required and Fellows must be in residence. (Applicants who have not completed their doctorate must supply with their application a letter from their director stating that the applicant will have the degree in hand before July 1, 2019.) 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 4, 2018
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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 2019.

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

Upcoming Events

  • Judith Wechsler: Isaiah Berlin: Philosopher of Freedom - (Film Screening) December 11, 2018 at 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm Harvard University, Adolphus Busch Hall, 27 Kirkland Street, Lower Level Conference Room, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA Judith Wechsler, Professor Emerita, Tufts University"Isaiah Berlin: Philosopher of Freedom" is a 72 minute documentary film tracing the development of his ideas in the context of his life and times. The film presents this intellectual biography through interviews with Sir Isaiah, and filmed for the documentary, with Michael Ignatieff, his biographer, and Henry Hardy, his…
  • Adorno's Aesthetic Theory (Samantha Matherne) February 13, 2019 at 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Center For European Studies, 27 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA We are now approaching the 50th anniversary of Aesthetic Theory (first published posthumously in 1970), the final masterpiece of the philosopher and social theorist Theodor W. Adorno. This lecture contributes to the semester-long series of scholarly presentations that reflect on the legacy and actuality of this major work. Speaker: Samantha Matherne (Harvard University)Sponsored by the Harvard…
  • Adorno's Aesthetic Theory (Michael Rosen) February 20, 2019 at 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Center For European Studies, 27 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA We are now approaching the 50th anniversary of Aesthetic Theory (first published posthumously in 1970), the final masterpiece of the philosopher and social theorist Theodor W. Adorno. This lecture contributes to the semester-long series of scholarly presentations that reflect on the legacy and actuality of this major work. Speaker: Michael Rosen (Harvard University)Sponsored by the Harvard…