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Hazel D. Cole Fellowship

*The Stroum Center is not currently accepting applications for the Hazel D. Cole Fellowship. Please check back in October 2019 for more information about the fellowship for the 2020-2021 academic year.*

The Hazel D. Cole Fellowship provides financial assistance to deserving doctoral or postdoctoral fellows in Jewish Studies. The fellowship may be used as a dissertation completion fellowship (with the intention to complete their doctorate by the end of the academic year) or for post-doctoral work (PhD or foreign equivalent received within last three years) in any field of Jewish Studies. It provides a stipend of $50,000, plus benefits, for the academic year.

The Cole Fellow must agree to remain in residence at the University of Washington for the tenure of the fellowship. The Fellow is expected to offer one undergraduate course during the academic year, of a size and scope to be determined in conjunction with the Stroum Center, and to offer one public lecture for the community.

Since 2011-2012, the fellowship has been offered every other year for a yearlong residency. The application deadline is generally in October, with finalists notified in mid-to-late November and the successful candidate notified in January or February.

Successful past candidates have demonstrated a strong academic record, a focused research agenda, and enthusiasm about the resources available at the University of Washington. Application materials typically consist of the following:

(1) A current curriculum vitae
(2) A description of scholarly interests and proposed research project during the Cole Fellowship year
(3) Proposal for a course you, including a prospective syllabus
(4) Two letters of recommendation
(5) An academic writing sample, such as a chapter from a dissertation, book or article

Candidates from all US and international universities are welcome. The University of Washington values a culturally diverse faculty and staff and strongly encourages individuals of all backgrounds to apply.

Curious about past Hazel D. Cole Fellows? View a list of past Fellows and their research topics.

Please contact the Stroum Center office at jewishst@uw.edu or 206-543-0138 if you have any questions about the fellowship or the application process.

Hazel D. Cole was an active participant in the Seattle Jewish community, holding leadership positions in the Seattle chapter of Hadassah, the National Council of Jewish Women, the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle Women’s Division, and ORT (Organization for Rehabilitation and Training). Cole’s sister and brother-in-law, Althea Stroum and Samuel Stroum, established the Hazel D. Cole Fellowship at the University of Washington in her memory in 1991.

Based in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies is home to the flagship Jewish Studies program of the Pacific Northwest, with more than two dozen affiliated faculty members. Our offerings include an undergraduate major and minor, as well as an interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship that supports graduate students from a wide variety of disciplines. Our faculty conduct cutting-edge research in fields ranging from comparative ancient religions to early modern philosophy and contemporary politics. The Center also presents a wide variety of public programming, including arts and cultural events and academic symposia. Through our website, jewishstudies.washington.edu, our innovative digital projects, and our strong social media presence, the Stroum Center seeks to engage students and the broader community in Jewish Studies scholarship.