Globe in Suzzalo Library. Photo by Katherine Turner.

Globe in Suzzalo Library. Photo by Katherine Turner.


Stroum Center for Jewish Studies Opportunity Grants are separately offered in two cycles: grants for Winter/Spring experiences and grants for Summer/Autumn experiences.  The amount per grant is up to $1500. Multiple grants are available.

For undergraduate students, the primary goal of the Stroum Center Opportunity Grants is to support undergraduate experiences with Jewish Studies through UW-approved study abroad experiences. Accredited academic domestic opportunities will also be considered (e.g., Middlebury Language Schools). Students can also apply funding towards MODHEB 105: Intensive Elementary Modern Hebrew, taught at UW during the summer full-term.

For graduate students, Stroum Center Opportunity Grants are intended to help support research, conference attendance, and further study in topics related to Jewish Studies. This research and study can be done domestically or abroad.

Students from all departments, disciplines and backgrounds are encouraged to apply; candidates do not need to be Jewish Studies majors or minors. Preference is given to students who intend to study a language related to the Jewish experience (e.g., Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino) and/or have pursued coursework in Jewish Studies during their graduate or undergraduate careers at the University of Washington. Any undergraduate or graduate student planning to be enrolled at the University of Washington for the 2017-2018 academic year is eligible to apply.

If awarded funding, Opportunity Grant winners will be required to:

  • Write one short piece (500-1000 words) describing a connection between the experience and Jewish Studies for publication on and promotion on social media. Students are encouraged to take photographs for inclusion in their online piece. The Stroum Center’s Communications Director is available for consultation and editorial input on the development of these written pieces.
  • Attend or help staff at least one Stroum Center for Jewish Studies event on campus during the quarter following the experience.

It is also expected that all Opportunity Grant winners will be available to speak with other potential candidates about their experience and to be an ambassador for the grant.

How to apply:

Applicants requesting funding  should submit:

  • A cover page with full name; campus mailing address; home mailing address; phone number; email address; UW Net ID; and UW student ID number.
  • A current resume or CV.
  • A current photo to be used on the Stroum Center website if a grant is offered.
  • A University of Washington transcript (unofficial transcripts are accepted).
  • A one page essay briefly describing the experience the candidate will participate in (including a hyperlink to the program’s website) and indicating how the experience connects to Jewish Studies and supports the candidate’s academic goals.
  • A budget indicating the amount of funding requested (up to $1500), outlining the costs of the experience, and indicating how the Opportunity Grant will help financially support the experience.
  • Where applicable, proof of acceptance to the program. Proof of UW Study Abroad approval, UW independent research approval from UW Study Abroad, or approval from your academic department is acceptable.

Applications for Winter 2018/Spring 2018 Opportunity Grants are due October 16, 2017 by midnight. Applications for Winter 2018/Spring 2018 experiences should be submitted electronically via Dropbox here.

Applications for Summer 2018/Autumn 2018 Opportunity Grants are due March 1, 2018 by midnight. Applications for Summer 2018/Autumn 2018 experiences should be submitted electronically via a Dropbox here.

Applicants are encouraged to read posts by previous award winners, who have studied in places ranging from Prague and Romania to Jordan and Israel.

Notification Process:

Candidates who apply for the Summer/Autumn cycle will be notified by mid-April.

Candidates who apply for the Winter/Spring cycle will be notified by late October.

Funds will be dispersed within 6-8 weeks of award notification.

Please direct any questions to Lauren Kurland, Student Engagement Director.