Post Doctoral Fellowships

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Grants of up to £35,000 per annum are available for European institutions to employ a post-doctoral fellow. Candidates researching and/or teaching any topic within the field of Jewish Studies will be considered eligible for funding; additionally, the Foundation particularly welcomes applications from those engaged in the study of contemporary Jewish life in Europe from a social science perspective or those whose proposals involve digital humanities research techniques. Successful applications will demonstrate the synergy between the hosting department and the proposed candidate.

Applications must be submitted by the Head of Department or the principal investigator at the institution where the post-doctoral fellow will be employed. The institution, either a university or other institute of higher education, must be based in the EU or in another European non-EU member country.

Institutions may only support a single post-doctoral fellowship application; if more than one application is submitted by the same institution, department or centre, then applicants will be forced to select which of their proposals should be taken forward and reviewed by the Foundation. These fellowships are for a two-year period and based on the candidate’s academic merit, though some consideration will also be given to the degree of geographic mobility demonstrated in the candidate’s current proposal, as well as his or her previous academic career.

Post-doctoral candidates should not have received their doctoral degree more than 5 years before the closing date of the current grant round.

Candidates will be expected to include a research proposal as part of their application and outline any teaching commitments they will have. They must also supply details for two, external referees able to evaluate their proposal. It is the responsibility of the applicant to send their referees the correct reference form (available for download under the referees section of their online application form or here) and to ensure that references are submitted by the referee deadline.

Preference will be given to cases where candidate is likely to remain in Europe and strengthen European Jewish Studies.

Award amounts will vary according to the local costs of living, tuition fees and individual needs.

For more information about the application process and the Foundation’s funding priorities in this area you are welcome to view the notes of guidance and a sample of the application form.
Please Consult our Frequently Asked Questions for further guidance.

The Application round is closed. If you are an applicant from the Spring 2020 round and have not received a decision for your application, please contact the foundation at