Resources/Opportunities

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Undergraduate Opportunities

 

Jewish Studies – Undergraduate Summer Scholarship

 Award: Up to $2,500

 Scholarship Description: 

Jewish Studies Program will begin offering scholarships to undergraduate majors and minors to help offset the cost of studying abroad. The goal of the program is to assist students in fulfilling a major or minor in Jewish Studies by helping them to take courses for credit that are not offered regularly at UC San Diego. Students may apply for these funds to assist them with tuition to any accredited program outside San Diego that offers transfer credits that can be counted toward their Jewish Studies major or minor. These include the following:

  1. UC San Diego Global Seminar in Israel (when offered)
  2. UCEAP in Israel
  3. Rothberg School at Hebrew University
  4. YIVO-Bar summer Yiddish program
  5. Other programs that allow transfer of credits to UC San Diego

Criteria:

  • Offered to students who have already declared a major or minor in Jewish Studies

Process:

  • Students will be asked to submit a letter of recommendation and a statement of purpose discussing their reason for choosing a summer program and how this program will benefit their Jewish Studies scholarship. 
  • Final awards will be disbursed only after the student has confirmed acceptance to a program and offered proof of travel plans in the form of a housing receipt or airline ticket
  • Upon return to UC San Diego, the student will be required to submit a transcript and a brief letter which should describe their study abroad experience. The letter will be shared with the donors.

Deadline to apply: April 27, 2018.  Please submit your application at: https://ucsd.academicworks.com/

Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) Scholarship Applications and Instructions

To apply for a JVS Scholarship, carefully read the instructions steps and then click on the application links at the bottom of the instructions to begin your application. Application and all documents must be postmarked by March 4, 2018 for Renewal applicants & March 31, 2018 for New applicants.

For more information, please visit: http://www.jvsla.org

Graduate Opportunities


The Program in Jewish Studies is an academic, degree-granting program at the University of Colorado Boulder. Open to students of all backgrounds, Jewish and non-Jewish, PJS's mission is to provide students with an outstanding, interdisciplinary, liberal arts education in Jewish history, literature, language, and culture.

The Program in Jewish Studies is seeking a PhD or ABD who can serve as a Lecturer and teach three classes in Spring 2018. Candidate may teach one or all of the classes ($4,500 per class). 

Spring classes include:
· Introduction to Jewish Culture
· Contemporary Jewish Societies
· A course of the instructor's choice in line with Jewish Studies' curricular needs, with a preference for a course on Israel/Palestine.

Duties include:
· Developing and teaching three courses (with the aid of sample syllabi)
· Evaluating students and submitting grades.

Salary set by University: $4500 per class for a total of $13,500.

Questions? Please contact us at CUJewishStudies@Colorado.edu.

 

 

Graduate Student Event funding:


UCSD graduate students are invited to apply for funding for a public speaker or seminar. Students can apply for up to $2,500 to cover the travel costs and housing of one speaker, as well as associated hosting costs (honorarium and meals). Students may also apply for up to $4,000 to cover the costs of a workshop or seminar on the UCSD campus. Workshop funding could cover the cost of bringing a keynote speaker to campus, room rental and refreshment during the conference, and/or one post-conference meal.

Proposals should include:

  • Cover letter describing the proposed event
  • Description of the need for this event
  • Event details including names of speakers, number of workshop participants, etc.
  • Detailed budget for the event.

Proposals are due by May 15 for the following academic year to the Program Coordinator at: jewishstudies@ucsd.edu

 

Grants to Support Research in the Field of Russian Jewish Experience

Brandeis-Genesis Institute for Russian Jewry awards grants to graduate students, as well as junior and senior faculty, to support research projects in the field of Russian Jewish experience. These research projects may be carried out in various disciplines, including but not limited to sociology, linguistics, history, arts, psychology, education and religion. Eligible research projects may cover various time periods - from Imperial Russia and the Soviet era to the Post-soviet contemporary period.  The geographic regions researched may range from the Former Soviet Union to the United States and Canada, Israel, Germany, Australia and other regions.
 
To learn more and to apply, visit their website at www.brandeis.edu/bgi/researchandscholarship/graduate.html
 
The research grants were made possible with the generous support of the Genesis Philanthropy Group

Leo Baeck Fellowship Program (PhD Candidates) BMBF Studienstiftung - Leo Baeck Institute London

The Leo Baeck Fellowship awards fellowships to doctoral students who carry out research into the history and culture of Central European Jewry. The program welcomes projects on any period or field (including literature, philosophy, history, musicology), and any region (such as Europe, Israel, the Americas), as long as they relate to German-speaking Jewry. In addition to financial support for one year, the program offers an opportunity to exchange ideas and to network. It is open to doctoral candidates of any nationality, studying at any university. All fellows remain at their home institution, but get together for two workshops which are jointly organized by the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes and the Leo Baeck Institute London.

Requirements

- University degree (s) with outstanding marks

- Date of latest degree not before February 2014

- Formal qualification for doctoral studies

- Research project focusing on the history and culture of Central European Jewry

More information on how to apply can be found at: http://www.leobaeck.co.uk/leo-baeck-fellowship-programme

Please include in your application in English or German:

-- Application form (download from the website)

-- Cover letter outlining the motivation for participation in the program (1 page)

-- Curriculum vitae with details on education, general interests and language skills

-- Photocopy of university degree (s), including makrs/grading

-- Research proposal (5 pages)

-- Research schedule for the academic year, including planned research trips

-- Letter of recommendation by the supervisor of the PhD project

-- Second letter of recommendation

Application Deadline: See website

Please send your application by email (as a single PDF document, including the letters of recommendation) or conventional mail. Only complete application sets will be considered. For additional questions, contact Dr. Matthias Frenz (leobaeck@studienstiftung.de). 

Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) Scholarship Applications and Instructions

To apply for a JVS Scholarship, carefully read the instructions steps and then click on the application links at the bottom of the instructions to begin your application. Application and all documents must be postmarked by March 4, 2018 for Renewal applicants & March 31, 2018 for New applicants.

For more information, please visit: http://www.jvsla.org

 

 

Faculty Opportunities

Murray Galinson San Diego Israel Initiative (MGSDII): Funding Opportunities for UC San Diego Faculty in Israel Studies

Please visit our website to view current opportunities and learn more about resources available to faculty.

Mission: The Murray Galinson San Diego-Israel Initiative seeks to strategically promote, support and catalyze knowledge discourse and interaction on the modern state of Israel through scholarship, engagement and collaboration. The initiative is supported by the Leichtag Foundation and a growing consortium of donors.

The following funding opportunities are available to UC San Diego faculty who are working in areas related to Modern Israel and Israel Studies. All applications will be vetted by a joint committee of the MGSDII and UC San Diego faculty advisors.

Research & Grant Opportunities

Fellowships for faculty and postdoctoral scholars to do research in Israel. These fellowships will be evaluated by a committee of UC San Diego faculty. Applications for travel and expenses of up to $8K are accepted on a rolling basis.Micro-grants.

The MGSDII offers micro-grants to fund programs related to Israel not listed here. Please write to Susan Lapidus, MGSII Director, at susan@leichtag.orgto ask about opportunities.

MGSDII postdoctoral teaching fellows. We invite applications from across the UC San Diego campus to support postdoctoral fellows for up to one year. Postdoctoral fellows will be expected to teach one course/quarter in the host department on a topic related to Israel or Israel Studies.

Visiting Israeli Faculty, Scholars, and Artists

MGSDII visiting lecturers. The MGSDII can pay for travel, honoraria, and housing costs of up to $5K for Israeli scholars or artists to visit the UC San Diego campus. Visitors are expected to present one public lecture, as well as one visit to a class or meeting with students. UC San Diego faculty may also select speakers from the following list of current Israeli fellows residing in the US. The MGSDII will cover all costs associated with this visit. For inquires, please email Mitchell Price, MGSDII Program Associate, at: mitchell@leichtag.org

MGSDII Visiting faculty. We invite applications from across the UC San Diego campus to support visiting faculty for a minimum of 1 quarter and a maximum of a full academic year. Faculty will be expected to teach at least one course at the University about modern Israel in each quarter during the Grant Period.

Conference Opportunities

MGSDII Funds Participation in 34th Annual Meeting of The Association for Israel Studies, UC Berkeley, June 24-27, 2018

This summer, the Israel Studies Institute at UC Berkeley is hosting the 34th Annual Meeting of The Association for Israel Studies on June 24-27, 2018. The annual AIS conference is hosted each year by a different academic institution, in collaboration with the AIS Board. The theme of the conference is Israel at Seventy: Challenges and Opportunities. 

The State of Israel marks its seventieth anniversary in 2018. In its seven decades of independence, Israel has experienced social, political, economic, environmental, cultural, and religious upheavals and transformations, many of which continue to shape and redefine Israel today. Research and scholarship will be presented over three days by multiple disciplines that constitute the humanities, the arts, and the social, political, and environmental sciences

We at the Murray Galinson San Diego-Israel Initiative commend UC Berkeley in its historic decision to be ready and willing to embrace this conference. We hope to have robust attendance from San Diego and are offering generous scholarships for faculty to attend.

If this is your first time to the AIS Conference, we will provide an $800 grant toward registration and travel.  If this is not your first AIS Conference, we will provide a grant for the conference registration.

Please submit an application by sending an email to susan@leichtag.org with your name, discipline and department.

Faculty Trips to Israel

If you would like more information on how to arrange a trip to Israel tailored to your discipline or academic department, please contact Mitchell Price at mitchell@leichtag.org

Trip Example:

University of San Diego Faculty Explore Israel’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship/Eco-System (January 15-17, 2018)

Working with the USD’s Chell Roberts, Dean of the Shirley-Marcos School of Engineering, the MGSDII developed a three day trip in Israel to experience its global contributions.

The three day trip focused on Israel’s expertise and innovation in water, energy, cyber security and start-up technologies. Faculty met with Israeli industry leaders and Israeli university counterparts in what the MGSDII hopes will be the first of many of these type of faculty trips.

To view more photographs, please click HERE.

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Visiting Scholars

The Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies is pleased to be able to offer to Visiting Scholars access to shared office space in its new premises in the Clarendon Institute in central Oxford.  Visiting Scholars are encouraged to attend and participate in the academic activities of the Centre, all of which are conducted in English. They may be invited to present a paper relating to their research, should a suitable opportunity arise.

The period of tenure for a Visiting Scholar is normally between two and six months and must include an Oxford University term. Exceptionally other periods may be considered. Visiting Scholars must hold a doctorate or equivalent status.

Applications for Visiting Scholar status should be sent to the Registrar.  Applications may be sent at any time in the academic year. Details of the application procedure and the application form can be downloaded below:

Enquiries: Martine Smith-Huvers (e-mail: registrar@ochjs.ac.uk)

Staff Contact

Program Coordinator
Phone: 858-534-4551
jewishstudies@ucsd.edu

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