Support is available for Jewish Studies departments and centres to enhance their activity in the areas of research, teaching, and public engagement.
Our aim is to reinforce the current strengths of European Jewish Studies by directing funding toward departments that concentrate their research and teaching on subject areas and approaches that distinguish Jewish Studies in Europe from Jewish Studies elsewhere.
This category involves a two-stage application process:
Before beginning your application, please read the Application Guidance below or download it as a PDF.
Deadline for first-stage applications: Monday 11 October
We want to help ensure there is a robust core of European Jewish Studies departments which will continue to represent essential topics in Jewish Studies at European universities, even as funding for the humanities may continue to decline.
In this context:
a) demonstrate that they are best placed to be the preeminent location in Europe for the study of that subject and
b) propose a project that will enhance their teaching, research and/or public engagement related to that subject.
a) demonstrate that their MA programme is one of the best Europe and
b) propose a project that focuses on how to make the programme even stronger.
Applicants may apply for up to £150,000 per annum for up to 4 years.
As a minimum, project budgets must include 20% of in-kind matching funding from the university, and the applicant must demonstrate that the university is committed to the long-term sustainability of their Jewish Studies department or centre.
We welcome applications from universities based in Europe, EU and non-EU states alike, except for Ukraine, Russia and Belarus.
Departments/centres with current AJS grants from the Foundation are eligible to apply for this new grant. However, if your current grant is not scheduled to end by September 2022, please include in your application a proposal for how your current grant will be incorporated into your new project (including any remaining funds).
Please contact Dr Ruchama Johnston-Bloom (email@example.com) if you have specific questions about this.
Applicants may propose how they would like to use the funding, but applications must budget for at least one post-doctoral position (see details below). Other potential costs could include:
Grantees will be required to employ a post-doctoral fellow as part of their project. Grantees can choose to employ this fellow along whichever timeline works best for their institution and project.
Grantees will know if their application has been successful in May 2022, and the earliest possible start date for the grant will be September 2022.
They could propose, for example, that the post-doctoral fellowship start in January 2023, so they have time to conduct a search in autumn 2022.
The salary of the post-doctoral fellow should be in-line with the university’s standard pay scale. The fellowship should last a minimum of 24 months, but can last longer, and the department/centre can propose hiring more than one fellow as well, should the budget allow. There are two criteria for post-doctoral fellows:
All topics within the broad field of Jewish Studies are considered eligible for the Foundation’s Jewish Studies grants. However, in this grant category, the Foundation particularly welcomes applications from departments/centres with strengths in the following areas:
In future rounds the Foundation may prioritise funding departments/centres with other subject area strengths.
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.
Please make sure you have submitted the following with your application. If it is not included, your application cannot be considered.
If your application is approved, you will need to submit further supporting documentation once you receive your Grant Letter and Agreement.
Translations: For documents not originally written in English please include an English translation. This does not need to be an official translation, but it must be clear and accurate. Documents in a language other than English that are not accompanied by an English translation will not be processed.
Financial summaries: If financial documents are very long, please provide a translation summarising the main income and expenditure included in your financial statements and organisational budget. This document should be no longer than 10 pages.
Please upload your translated/summarised document against the same upload title you use for the original document. This means you may have two documents saved under each upload title.
This grant application involves a two-stage process.
Applications can only be submitted via our online application process. We do not accept applications by mail or email.
Please use the Apply Now button at the bottom of the grant category page to begin your application.
The first time you login, you will need to create an account with an email and a password. Please keep a note of your login information as you will need it to access your application form on future visits.
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Should your application be short-listed you will receive an email notification, which will include instructions on how to access the second-stage application form using your online account. You will also need to submit references (see below).
Second-stage applicants will need to arrange for two letters of reference to be submitted to the Foundation by Wednesday, 19 January 2022. Referees must not be affiliated with the university applying for the grant.
Reference forms will be made available to second-stage applicants when they are informed that they have been short-listed. It is the responsibility of the applicant to send their referees the correct reference form and to ensure that references are submitted by the referee deadline.
First stage applications forms and supporting documentation must be submitted by Monday 11 October 2021. You should expect notification via email letting you know if you have been short-listed in early November 2021.
Short-listed applicants must then submit a second-stage application form by Monday, 10 January 2022. References will be due by Wednesday, 19 March 2022. You will be notified by mid-May 2022 whether or not your second-stage application was successful.
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For queries relating to this grant category please contact: Dr Ruchama Johnston-Bloom (R.Johnston-Bloom@rothschildfoundation.eu)
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