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.

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 the study of Jewish languages, offered through the World Union of Jewish Studies (more information on ulpan scholarships, including how to apply, is available on their website.)

The Foundation also supports Teaching Fellowships and Teaching Networks. Teaching Fellowships enable departments and centres of Jewish Studies across Europe to employ instructors to teach key Jewish Studies topics, including Jewish languages. Teaching Networks facilitate student mobility, enabling students to gain course credits toward their Jewish Studies degrees through participation in exchanges and summer schools beyond their home institution, as well as via distance learning.

The Foundation also funds Research Consortia grants, which enable academics to collaborate to advance projects that stretch beyond their individual specialisations and departments.

Although the Foundation also makes larger grants in support of Regional Hubs for Jewish Studies in Europe, these grants are by invitation only.

Open Access

A fundamental component of the Rothschild Foundation Hanadiv Europe’s mission is to increase access to European Jewish heritage and culture. To that end, the Foundation encourages grantees to publish their Foundation-funded research in peer-reviewed journals with an open access option, and to make their articles freely accessible whenever possible.

Grantees may apply to the Foundation for additional funding to cover costs associated with open access publication, such as article processing charges.

The application round is open and will close on the 15 March 2021.