Jewish Studies Graduate Fellowship 2017-09-04T22:43:45+00:00

Jewish Studies Graduate Fellowship

Graduate Fellows cohort from 2015-2016

The 2015-16 cohort of Jewish Studies Graduate Fellows included students from across the UW. Photo by Meryl Schenker.

Applications for the 2017-2018 academic year are now open. Apply here.

Established in 2012, the Jewish Studies Graduate Fellowship builds an intellectual community around Jewish Studies at the University of Washington. The interdisciplinary cohort of fellows is selected annually from graduate programs across campus. Each fellow receives $3,000 in funding, as well as mentorship from the UW Stroum Center, in support of their unique Masters- and doctoral-level projects related to the study of Jewish history, culture, and contemporary life.

The Graduate Fellowship reflects the diversity of the field of Jewish Studies today. Past participants have come from the departments of Comparative Religion, English, French and Italian Studies, History, Information Science, International Studies, Linguistics, Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Political Science, and Slavic Languages and Literatures.

Fellows participate in a workshop series to foster professional development and advance their research agendas. These workshops frequently feature faculty members from the Jewish Studies program. Past workshop topics have included:

  • Public scholarship – theoretical and practical issues involved in becoming a public scholar
  • The evolution of the field of Jewish Studies over the last two hundred years
  • Methodological approaches and new trends in Jewish Studies
  • Library skills, using databases and archives, and research tips
  • Public speaking and conference presentations
  • Finding funding and applying for grants
  • Pedagogy and how to balance classroom teaching with research advancement
  • The academic job market and alternative academic professions

As an exercise in public scholarship, fellows also have the opportunity to publish e-journal articles about aspects of their work via You can view writing by previous fellows here.

All awardees present their work at Jewish Studies Spring Research Symposium in Spring Quarter or at other events with Jewish Studies faculty and community. Fellows are also included in special events with guests of the Stroum Center during the year.

Masters- and doctoral-level graduate students in good standing at all UW departments are encouraged to apply. Please contact the Interim Graduate Fellowship coordinator, Dana Rubin, with any questions related to the application process, eligibility, or requirements. Applications typically are open during Winter Quarter and are due during early Spring Quarter. The deadline to apply for the 2017-2018 academic is April 3, 2017. Apply here.

The UW Stroum Center thanks its generous community supporters for making the Graduate Fellowship possible.