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 2022-2023 fellowships will reopen in spring 2023.

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.

*In 2021-2022, 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 academic year 2021-2022, applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Apply when funding is needed.*

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.

Read about past recipients’ experiences >

Apply for an opportunity grant >

The Stroum Center for Jewish Studies Excellence in Holocaust Scholarship Paper 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.

Papers are accepted on a rolling basis. Deadline for submissions will be in spring 2022.

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.

The Finish Line Fellowship offers a stipend of $24,000, plus benefits, to a current University of Washington Ph.D. candidate who is completing a dissertation in a field or fields related to Jewish studies.

The fellowship is granted to one current UW Ph.D. candidate annually. Students who have previously received the UW Jewish Studies graduate fellowship are allowed to apply for the Finish Line Fellowship, but may not receive both funding sources during the same academic year. Ph.D. candidates may receive the fellowship one time only.

Applications for 2022-2023 will open in spring 2022. Learn more about the fellowship and apply >

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.