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.

The Hazel D. Cole Fellowship provides financial assistance to a deserving doctoral or postdoctoral fellow in Jewish studies. The two-year in-residence fellowship 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 reopen 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.

Potential applicants whose work relates to Israel should apply for the Benaroya Postdoctoral Fellowship in Israel Studies instead. Applicants can only be considered for one of these two Stroum Center fellowships.

The Benaroya Postdoctoral Fellowship supports a deserving postdoctoral fellow who specializes in the histories, cultures, societies, literatures, languages or politics of modern Israel or Israel/Palestine including in their local, regional, or transnational contexts. The two-year in-residence fellowship provides a stipend of $62,500, plus benefits, in each of the two academic years.

Learn more on the Benaroya Postdoctoral Fellowship page.

Applicants whose work does not relate to Israel should apply for the Hazel D. Cole Fellowship in Jewish Studies. Applicants can only be considered for one of these two Stroum Center fellowships.

The Stroum Center for Jewish Studies launched its graduate fellowship program in 2012. Thanks to the generosity of community supporters, every year a cohort of outstanding graduate students receives grants of $3,000 to support research projects related to Jewish studies.

The goal of the Jewish Studies Graduate Fellowship is to build an intellectual community around Jewish studies at the University of Washington. Fellows participate in a workshop series to foster professional development and advance their research agendas. All awardees present their work in public venues throughout the year. Learn more about the program and the current cohort of graduate fellows on the graduate fellows portal.

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

Stroum Center 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 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 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.

Learn more about application requirements, the application process and deadlines, or read about past winners’ experiences.

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 $5000.

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.

Learn more about Israel Studies Graduate Grants and how to apply here.

Graduate students who are applying for conference funding or travel funding should apply for an Opportunity Grant of up to $1500 rather than an Israel Studies Grant.

The Stroum Center for Jewish Studies and Holocaust Center for Humanity Excellence in Scholarship Prize is given annually for an outstanding 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.

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.