Funding Opportunities in Jewish Studies

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Learn more about funding opportunities at the Stroum Center, including our Hazel D. Cole Fellowship supporting doctoral or postdoctoral research in Jewish studies, and the Benaroya Postdoctoral Fellowship supporting research in Israel studies. Click the toggles below for more information.

Thanks to the generosity of community supporters, the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies offers grants of $4,000 to support graduate research related to Jewish studies at the University of Washington.

Every year, a cohort of graduate fellows participate in a series of workshops offering professional development, research advice, and mentorship from faculty and staff. Fellows present their research publicly, through a research presentation and an online article. Learn more about the program and the current cohort of graduate fellows, and apply, on the graduate fellows portal.

Applications for 2021-2022 fellowships are due on Friday, June 4, 2021 by 5:00 pm.

Please contact the graduate fellowship coordinator, Sarah Zaides Rosen, with any questions related to the application process, eligibility, or requirements.

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.

Grants are offered in two cycles: grants for experiences in winter/spring, and grants for experiences in summer/autumn.

*For this current 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. To expedite the process, please email before applying.*

*Opportunity Grant funding cannot be applied to study or travel abroad as long as UW’s current restrictions on study and research abroad due to COVID-19 remain in place.*

For UW undergraduate students, the primary goal of the Stroum Center opportunity grants is to support undergraduate experiences in 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 domestic opportunities will also be considered (e.g., Middlebury Language Schools). Students can also apply funding towards MODHEB 105: Intensive Elementary Modern Hebrew, taught at the UW during the summer full-term.

For UW graduate students, Stroum Center opportunity grants are intended to 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 may apply for opportunity grant funding multiple times.

*For academic year 2020-2021, applications are accepted on a rolling basis.*

Learn more about application requirements and apply, or read about past winners’ experiences.

Current UW graduate students whose academic research is related to modern Israel, or who are conducting research in Israel, may apply for Israel Studies grants of up to $5,000.

*Israel Studies Graduate Grant funding cannot be applied to study or travel abroad as long as UW’s current restrictions on study and research abroad due to COVID-19 remain in place.*

These grants may be allocated as funding for students with gaps in their departmental funding sources; as grants to support research travel or other research expenses; or as funding for language study or other academic programs. There may occasionally be research assistant or teaching opportunities and interested students will have the opportunity in the application to express interest in being considered for these if available.

Applications for winter/spring 2021 experiences are due on October 30, 2020.
Applications for summer/autumn 2020 experiences are due on April 16, 2021.

Learn more about Israel Studies graduate grants and apply on the graduate grant page.

The Stroum Center for Jewish Studies and Holocaust Center for Humanity Excellence in Scholarship Prize is given annually for an outstanding UW undergraduate student paper related to Holocaust studies. The paper must be a work that critically engages with the central themes, lessons and ideas of the Holocaust in the time period leading up to, during, or in the aftermath of the Second World War.

We welcome papers that examine other cases of genocide, but the Holocaust and/or scholarship on the Holocaust must figure centrally in the argument. The paper may have been written for a UW class, for a UW-approved study abroad class, or for a UW independent study. Papers must have been written during the current or immediately past academic year.

Learn more about submission and or read about past winners.

The Hazel D. Cole Fellowship provides financial assistance to a deserving doctoral or postdoctoral fellow in Jewish studies. The two-year in-residence fellowship is open to doctoral or postdoctoral students affiliated with any institution, and may be used as a dissertation completion fellowship or for post-doctoral work in any field of Jewish studies. It provides a stipend of $62,500, plus benefits, for each of the two academic years.

Applications will open again in fall 2022. Finalists are typically notified in early winter, with final notifications in late winter. Learn more on the Hazel D. Cole Fellowship page.

Looking for additional funding sources? Check out the Jackson School’s list of available scholarships and fellowships, its comprehensive database of international studies-related funding, or scholarship matching service.

If you are interested in funding for language study be sure to check out the Foreign Language Area Studies fellowships (FLAS fellowships), which are contingent on funding from the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the eight National Resource Centers of the University of Washington. Individuals wishing to receive FLAS funding for Hebrew language study can apply both to the Center for Global Studies and the Middle East Center on their application.

Boren Awards are also available for individuals who wish to study Hebrew. Undergraduate, graduate, and summer fellowship options are available.