Esra Bakkalbasioglu, Oscar Aguirre-Mandujano, Sarah Zaides

PhD candidates Esra Bakkalbasioglu (Near and Middle Eastern Studies), Oscar Aguirre-Mandujano (Near and Middle Eastern Studies), and Sarah Zaides (History).

Intellectual Community and Professional Development

The Stroum Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Washington is now accepting applications for supplemental graduate fellowships for the 2017-2018 academic year. Any graduate student planning to be enrolled at the University of Washington for the 2017-2018 academic year is eligible to apply, as long as they can demonstrate a strong connection between their research and Jewish Studies topics. The amount per fellowship will be $3000. Multiple fellowships are available. Support may also be available for additional opportunities related to students’ research projects.

The goal of this fellowship is to build intellectual community as well as professional skills. Jewish Studies Graduate Fellows will participate in regular workshops on Jewish Studies and Public Scholarship. Students will have the opportunity to get valuable feedback and mentorship for their research projects via public presentations at Jewish Studies Faculty Seminars.

Graduate students from all departments and disciplines are encouraged to apply. Past participants have come from the departments of History, Comparative Religion, English, Slavic Languages and Literatures, Political Science, International Studies, Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Linguistics, French and Italian Studies, and Information Science.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, Graduate Fellows will be required to:

  • Attend all meetings of the monthly workshop series on Jewish Studies and Public Scholarship. Each workshop lasts 1.5 hours.*
  • Present a scholarly paper at a public forum such as a Jewish Studies Faculty Seminar.
  • Contribute two short blog posts about their research to

*Fellows should be in residence in Seattle for at least two quarters of the 2017-2018 academic year. Students who are planning to travel abroad for fieldwork purposes should indicate their intended travel plans in their application.

Graduate Fellows are also encouraged to attend talks given by guests of the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies, as well as public events sponsored by Jewish Studies.

How to apply:

Successful applicants will demonstrate a strong record of achievement and interest in pursuing research projects within the broad parameters of Jewish Studies. Preference will be given to students who demonstrate a strong interest in the Stroum Center’s intellectual atmosphere, whether through coursework or attendance of Jewish Studies events. Current fellows are allowed to reapply, but preference will be given to qualified applicants who have not yet participated in this fellowship program.

Applicants should submit:

  • A cover page with name, mailing address, phone number, email address, and UW student number.
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV).
  • A current University of Washington transcript (unofficial transcripts will be accepted).
  • A description of a research project that engages with Jewish Studies (2 pages max). This project would be the focus of your workshop and faculty seminar presentations.
  • One letter of recommendation from a UW professor (electronic file or hard copy accepted; electronic file may be submitted via the Dropbox address below or emailed to Dana Rubin).

Applications are due by April 3, 2017. All application materials should be submitted electronically via the Catalyst Dropbox which is accessible with a UW NetID at this link:

The new class of Jewish Studies Graduate Fellows for 2017-2018 will be notified by May 15, 2017.

To read blog posts by current fellows and find out more about this program, visit

Please direct any questions to Dana Rubin, Associate Director of the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies, or call (206) 543-0138.

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