Benaroya Postdoctoral Fellowship in Israel Studies

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The exterior of Suzzallo Library on the University of Washington campus. Photo by Katherine B. Turner.

*Applications for the 2020-2022 Benaroya Fellowship are now closed. Check back for more information about future fellowship opportunities in fall 2022.*

The Jack and Rebecca Benaroya Endowment for Excellence in Israel Studies, housed at the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington, will support a two-year in-residence postdoctoral fellowship beginning in fall 2020.

The fellow may come from any discipline but must specialize in the histories, cultures, societies, literatures, languages, or politics of modern Israel or Israel/Palestine, including in their local, regional, or transnational contexts. Applicants must have received their Ph.D. (or foreign equivalent) within the past three years, and no later than June 2020.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong academic record, focused research agenda, and enthusiasm about the resources available at the University of Washington. They are expected to offer one quarter-long, twice-weekly undergraduate lecture course each academic year, of a size and scope determined in conjunction with the Stroum Center. The Benaroya Fellow is also expected to offer one public lecture.

The fellowship includes a stipend of $62,500 plus benefits for the academic year, as well as access to the UW Libraries. The Benaroya Fellow must agree to remain in residence at the University of Washington in Seattle for the tenure of their fellowship. An additional affiliation with a disciplinary department at the university may be possible depending on the scholar’s research interests.

Potential applicants in Jewish studies whose work does not relate to Israel should apply for the Hazel D. Cole Fellowship. Applicants can only be considered for one of these two Stroum Center fellowships.

About the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies

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,, 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.