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Undergraduate Opportunities

HAAS/Koshland Memorial Award

Explore art, music, politics, science, technology, volunteerism, research, or anything else that inspires you!

The Haas/Koshland Memorial Award provides up to $20,000 to discover Israel!

Young adults are invited to apply for the Haas/Koshland Memorial Award, a grant that funds a year of personal exploration or study in Israel.

Whether you're searching for self-discovery, connection, personal growth, friendship, or independence, this award will open doors to a new world, new friends, and incredible experiences that will create a lifetime of memories.

Applicants do not need to be Jewish, can be first-time or return travelers to Israel, and can use the award to study, discover their passion, perform advocacy work, intern, research, or explore the land, its complex social and political issues, and its rich history.

Eligibility: The award is open to young adults entering their second year of college through the completion of a graduate program, who are from, or attend school in, the San Francisco Bay Area and wish to broaden their personal life, academic life, or both.

To Apply: Submit an application form and a brief statement outlining how your interests would be uniquely enhanced by a year's residence in Israel. Two letters of recommendation are required, one personal and one academic. The application deadline is February 5, 2018, at 11:59 pm, and travel would begin in summer/fall 2018. 

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


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


  • 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:

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:

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




Fellowships 2018/2019 at the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI):

The Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI) invites applications for its fellowships for the academic year.

The VWI is an academic institution dedicated to the research and documentation of antisemitism, racism, nationalism and the Holocaust. Conceived and established during Simon Wiesenthal’s lifetime, the VWI receives funding from the Austrian Ministry of Science, Research and Economy as well as the City of Vienna. Research at the institute focuses on the Holocaust in its European context, including its antecedents and its aftermath.

Research projects are to focus on a topic relevant to the research interests of the VWI. Within this parameter, applicants are free to choose their own topic, approach and methodology. Fellows will have access to the archives of the institute. It is expected that fellows will make use of relevant resources from the collection in their research projects. Research results will be the subject of formal fellows’ discussions and will be presented to the wider public at regular intervals.

Funding is available for

to work at the institute for a duration of between six and eleven months. Experience tells that residences between nine and eleven months are the most productive for facilitating the research of the fellows at the VWI.

Senior fellowships will be awarded to qualified scholars who have completed their PhDs, have authored exceptional academic publications and have been working at a university or academic institution for several years.

Research fellowships will be awarded to scholars who have completed their PhDs and have published works in their research field.

Junior fellowships will be awarded to PhD-candidates.

With its fellowships, the VWI seeks to encourage communication and academic exchange among the fellows, providing an additional benefit beyond their research work. The fellows are expected to further the institute's academic work and provide each other with advice and support in their research projects. Fellows must be regularly present at the VWI.

Fellows will be selected by the International Academic Advisory Board of the VWI. Please attach your application in electronic format (in one *.pdf-file) to an email and submit it by 31 January 2018 to:

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:

Hazel D. Cole Fellowship

The Hazel D. Cole Fellowship provides financial assistance to deserving doctoral or postdoctoral fellows in Jewish Studies. The fellowship may be used as a dissertation completion fellowship (with the intention to complete their doctorate by the end of the academic year) or for post-doctoral work (PhD or foreign equivalent received within last three years) in any field of Jewish Studies. It provides a stipend of $50,000, plus benefits for the academic year.

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies Fellowship

Accepting applications through November 15, 2017.

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Awards fellowships on a competitive basis to support significant research and writing about the Holocaust. We welcome proposals from domestic and international scholars in all academic disciplines, including but not limited to: anthropology, archeology, art history, geography, film studies, German studies, history, Jewish studies, law, literature, material culture, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, comparative genocide studies, and others.

The Mandel Center awards fellowships-in-residence to candidates working on their dissertations (ABD), postdoctoral researchers within five years of receiving their Ph.D., and scholars more than five years beyond the receipt of their Ph.D. as well as senior scholars. Awards are granted on a competitive basis. Because a principal focus of the program is to ensure the development of a new generation of Holocaust scholars, we especially encourage scholars early in their careers to apply.  Applicants must be affiliated with an academic and/or research institution when applying for a fellowship.

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
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.


- 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:

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 ( 

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:

The Auschwitz Jewish Center Fellows Program

The Auschwitz Jewish Center Fellows Program is now accepting applications. Since 2000, the AJC Fellows Program has provided a unique educational opportunity for graduate students and seniors to learn about the Holocaust in situ in the context of Poland’s history and Jewish heritage. Through travel in Poland for three weeks, during which time Fellows visit Krakow, Warsaw, Lódź, Treblinka, and Oświęcim (Auschwitz), Fellows gain not only knowledge of the Holocaust sites they visit, but also an understanding of the legacy of the Holocaust in Poland, its effects on collective memory, and complexities surrounding such categories as victim, bystander, and perpetrator. All program costs, except travel to the program’s start in New York, are covered.

Faculty participation is available through the Faculty Fellows Program.  

The Auschwitz Jewish Center Fellows Program will run from June 24 - July 16, 2018. The application is due on January 14, 2018. Candidates of all religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact



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.

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:

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 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

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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Phone: 858-534-4551

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