Applications for Winter 2020/Spring 2020 experiences are due October 30, 2019.
Applications for Summer 2020/Autumn 2020 experiences are due March 6, 2020.
Stroum Center for Jewish Studies Opportunity Grants are separately offered in two cycles: grants for Winter/Spring experiences and grants for Summer/Autumn experiences. The amount per grant is up to $1500. Multiple grants are available.
For 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 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 given to opportunities that take place during the application cycle for which the candidate applies.
If awarded funding, Opportunity Grant winners will be required to:
- Attend a session led by Stroum Center staff at which best practices for blog writing will be discussed.
- Write a blog post (500-1000 words) describing a connection between the experience and Jewish Studies for publication on jewishstudies.washington.edu and promotion on social media. Students are encouraged to take photographs for inclusion in their online piece. The Stroum Center will offer consultation and editorial input on the development of this piece.
- Attend or help staff at least one Stroum Center for Jewish Studies event on campus during the quarter following the experience.
- 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.
How to apply:
Applicants requesting funding should submit 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).
- 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.
- A budget indicating the amount of funding requested (up to $1500), outlining the costs of the experience, and indicating how the Opportunity Grant will help to financially support the experience.
- Where applicable, proof of acceptance to the program. Proof of UW Study Abroad approval, UW independent research approval from UW Study Abroad, or approval from your academic department is acceptable.
Applications for Winter 2020/Spring 2020 experiences are due October 30, 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 are due March 6, 2020. 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.
Applicants are encouraged to read posts by previous award winners, who have studied in places ranging from Prague and Romania to Jordan and Israel.
Candidates who apply for the Summer/Autumn cycle will be notified in early to mid-April.
Candidates who apply for the Winter/Spring cycle will be notified mid-November.
Funds will be disbursed within 6-8 weeks of award notification.
Please direct any questions to Lauren Kurland, Student Engagement Director.