Academic Jewish Studies

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Jewish Studies in Europe is highly interdisciplinary, inter-institutional and international. To encourage its growth and bolster existing provisions, the Foundation is pleased to offer a grant programme that reflects the collaborative nature of the field, while at the same time encouraging even greater mobility between departments, students, and post-graduate researchers.

Jewish Studies at European institutions spans a broad range of disciplines and geographic regions. This diverse field can include topics ranging from the history of European Jewry and the sociology of contemporary Jewish life to theological studies of ancient Jewish texts and the analysis of Jewish art and literature, and much more besides. The Foundation supports European scholars exploring these topics both through innovative as well as more traditional approaches. In particular, its Research Consortia grants enable academics to combine forces and advance projects that stretch beyond their individual specialisations and departments. 

The development of future Jewish Studies scholars is of prime concern for the Foundation. To nurture this next generation and ensure its future success, the Foundation awards Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Fellowships, as well as scholarships for ulpan study, offered through the World Union of Jewish Studies (more information on ulpan scholarships, including  how to apply, will become available in March 2019.)

This year to further assist students of Jewish Studies, the Foundation is pleased to introduce specific Fellowships for the teaching Jewish Languages. These Fellowships will enable departments and centres of Jewish Studies across Europe to employ dedicated language instructors for the teaching of, for example, Hebrew, Yiddish, and Ladino. In this way, students will be properly equipped at the onset of their academic careers with the language skills necessary to undertake Jewish Studies research at the post-graduate level and beyond. 

Although the Foundation also makes larger grants in support of regional hubs for Jewish Studies in Europe, these grants are by invitation only. Awarded centres work to ensure excellence in teaching as well as inter-institutional cooperation amongst the main Jewish Studies providers and heritage institutions in a given region. Interested institutions are welcome to approach the Foundation, but it will only welcome proposals from the strongest Jewish studies programmes with the most compelling plans for regional cooperation and greatest potential for future impact. 

The Application round is open from 16th January 2020 to 20th March 2020.