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Applications for winter 2020/spring 2020 experiences are due November 18, 2019.
Applications for summer 2020/autumn 2020 experiences are due April 13, 2020.

Stroum Center opportunity grants of up to $1,500 are offered to support current UW undergraduate and graduate student experiences with language study, research, and conference travel related to Jewish studies, or for continued study for Jewish Studies students.

Grants are offered in two cycles: grants for experiences in winter/spring, and grants for experiences in summer/autumn. Students are welcome to apply for opportunity grant funding multiple times.

Student support funding

*For this funding cycle, University of Washington students whose coursework or research in Jewish studies is jeopardized by circumstances related to COVID-19 are welcome to apply for grants of up to $1,500 in student support funding.*

Funds can be used to cover tuition costs for Jewish studies courses or other expenses related to the successful completion of planned academic work in Jewish studies during spring 2020.

If awarded funding, funding recipients will be expected to:

  • Write a thank you note, as applicable, to grant funders.
  • Attend or help to staff at least one Stroum Center for Jewish Studies event on campus in an upcoming quarter.

Application requirements are available below in the “How to apply” section.

Funding for learning in Jewish studies

For UW 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. Priority is given to candidates studying a language of historical or contemporary importance to Jewish studies. Accredited academic opportunities in the United States, particularly around language learning, will also be considered (e.g., Middlebury Language Schools). Students may also apply funding towards MODHEB 105: Intensive Elementary Modern Hebrew, taught at UW during the summer full-term.

For UW graduate students, Stroum Center opportunity grants 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 current academic year is eligible to apply. Students do not need to be registered with the University during summertime experiences, as long as they will register for classes normally in the autumn. Preference is given for opportunities that take place during the application cycle for which the candidate applies.

If awarded funding, opportunity grant recipients will:

  • Attend a session led by Stroum Center staff to learn about best practices for writing for an online audience.
  • Write an essay (700-1200 words) describing a key element of what was learned for publication on the Stroum Center website. Students are encouraged to take photographs for inclusion in their piece. The Stroum Center will provide writing guidelines and offer feedback on the piece prior to publication.
  • Attend or help to staff at least one Stroum Center for Jewish Studies event on campus in an upcoming quarter.
  • Write a thank you note, as applicable, to opportunity grant funders.

It is also expected that all opportunity grant winners will serve as ambassadors for the grant and will be available to speak with other potential candidates.

Are you a graduate student planning research related to Israel? Graduate students may apply for up to $5,000 of funding to support graduate-level research related to Israel via our Israel Studies graduate grants.

How to apply

Applicants requesting funding should submit the following materials via secure Google form (links provided below):

  • Basic information, including 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).
  • For standard experiences funding: 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.
  • For emergency student support funding: A one-page essay describing the COVID-19-related circumstances that present a barrier to continued study in Jewish studies at the University of Washington, including what research, projects, and/or coursework is planned, and explaining how financial support will be used to enable study.
  • A budget indicating the amount of funding requested (up to $1500) and outlining relevant costs.
  • Where applicable, proof of acceptance to any specific programs mentioned in the essay, i.e., proof of UW Study Abroad approval for experiences abroad; UW independent research approval from UW Study Abroad; or approval of planned experiences from your academic department.

Applications for winter 2020/spring 2020 experiences are due November 18, 2019. Applications should be submitted electronically via a secure Google form here. Note: A Google account is required to complete the form; if you do not have Gmail, please contact us.

Applications for summer 2020/autumn 2020 experiences or student support funding are due April 13, 2020. Applications should be submitted electronically via a secure Google form here.

Note: A Google account is required to complete these forms; if you do not have Gmail, please contact us.

Applicants are encouraged to read posts 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 in May.
  • Candidates who apply for the winter/spring cycle will be notified in December.
  • Funds will be disbursed within 6-8 weeks of award notification.

Please direct any questions to Lauren Kurland, Student Engagement Director.

Note: The opinions expressed by faculty and students in our publications reflect the views of the individual writer only and not those of the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies.