For Scholars from outside Harvard

Harry Starr Fellowship in Judaica

2022-2023 Theme: Jewish Studies and the Arts

Application Deadline: January 24, 2022

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, but we encourage Fellows to be in residence for the entire year. 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. It is hoped that fellows will participate in the academic and social life of the University and the Jewish studies community at Harvard.

Eligibility: Scholars from around the world, recent Ph.D. recipients

Stipend Amount: $40,000 for the spring semester or $60,000 for the full academic year

Field(s) of Interest:
The 2022-2023 application cycle will be available exclusively to recent Ph.D. recipients working on topics in Jewish Studies and the Arts, including History of Art and Architecture, Visual Studies and Visuality, History of Music, and Ethnomusicological studies, Film Studies, History of Theater and Dance, Performance Studies. These fellowships are intended for scholars working on scholarly projects in these fields, not for artists or performers, or practitioners.

Application includes:

  • short project proposal (1-2 pages)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • two letters of recommendation

All Non-Harvard external candidates:

  1. Create a Harvard Key Light account
  2. Apply via CARAT: Harry Starr Fellowship in Judaica

Other Eligibility Requirements:
Preference will be given to candidates who have received the Ph.D. degree between May 2019 and May 2022. 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, 2022. Starr Fellows must be in residence during the time of their appointment unless University policy forbids Harvard-sponsored travel and access to Harvard buildings and resources.

Daniel Jeremy Silver Fellowship

Application Deadline: December 16, 2021

The Fellowship, established in honor of the late Rabbi Dr. Daniel Jeremy Silver, Harvard Class of 1948, of Cleveland, Ohio, by his family and friends, will be awarded to an active congregational rabbi who has demonstrated exceptional intellectual and academic ability and interest, originality, and energy in the pursuit of Jewish scholarship.

It is intended to allow the recipient to begin, continue, or complete a piece of serious research in some area of Jewish scholarship for one semester at Harvard before he or she returns to congregational life. To pursue this concentrated course of work and study, the Silver Fellow will enjoy full access to the unique resources of the University, its libraries, professors, staff, and courses.

Stipend Amount: $40,000 for one semester (fall or spring)

Eligibility: Active congregational rabbi

Field of Interest: Jewish studies

Application includes:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • detailed research proposal (1-2 pages)
  • samples of finished work, publications, and/or work in progress
  • two letters of recommendation
    • one reference from a member of the board of directors of the applicant’s congregation
    • one reference from an individual qualified to assess the applicant’s scholarly work

All Non-Harvard external candidates:

  1. Create a Harvard Key Light account
  2. Apply via CARAT: Daniel Jeremy Silver Fellowship

Other Eligibility Requirements:
Silver Fellow must be in residence during the time of his/her appointment unless University policy forbids Harvard-sponsored travel and access to Harvard buildings and resources.