The 2015-16 Stroum Center interns: Molly Dubow, Doria Nelson, and Angela Ugalino.

The 2015-16 Stroum Center interns: Molly Dubow, Doria Nelson, and Angela Ugalino.

Stroum Center Opportunity Grants

Stroum Center 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 2016-2017 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 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 2017/Spring 2017 Opportunity Grants are due October 14, 2016 by midnight. Applications for Winter 2017/Spring 2017 experiences should be submitted electronically via Dropbox here.

Applications for Summer 2017/Autumn 2017 Opportunity Grants are due March 1, 2017 by midnight. Applications for Summer 2017/Autumn 2017 experiences should be submitted electronically via Dropbox here.

Applicants are encouraged to visit this page to read articles written 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.

Stroum Center Internship Program

The Stroum Center for Jewish Studies offers annual year-long internships for undergraduate students. Stroum Center Interns apply theory to real-life situations; receive mentoring and supervision from Jewish Studies professional staff; and gain exposure to the world of international studies. Interns of all backgrounds and disciplines are welcome. Students do not need to major or minor in Jewish Studies to apply for an internship.

Learn more about the Stroum Center’s internship program, past intern positions, and applications for future positions on the Internships page.

Jewish Studies Graduate Fellowship Program

The Stroum Center for Jewish Studies launched a new Graduate Fellowship program in 2012. Thanks to the generosity of community supporters, every year a cohort of outstanding graduate students receives $3,000 grants to support research projects related to Jewish Studies.

The goal of the Jewish Studies Graduate Fellowship is to build an intellectual community around Jewish Studies. Fellows participate in a workshop series to foster professional development and advance their research agendas. All awardees present their work at the Jewish Studies Spring Research Symposium in Spring Quarter.  Learn more about the current cohort of Graduate Fellows on the Graduate Fellows page. View the new Call for Applications for the 2016-2017 Jewish Studies Graduate Fellowship. All application materials are due April 1, 2016.

Please contact the Graduate Fellowship coordinator, Dr. Hannah Pressman, with any questions related to the application process, eligibility, or requirements.

Other Opportunities

Looking for additional scholarship opportunities? Check out or the JSIS Funding site.