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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 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.

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. For inquiries, please email Mitchell Price, MGSDII Program Manager, at: mitchell@mgsdii.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.
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@mgsdii.org. See examples of past and upcoming study trips.
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@mgsdii.org to 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.

Graduate Students

The Dita and Erwin Gumpel Judaic Studies Endowed Fellowship

The Gumpel is a $10,000 fellowship awarded to current and incoming PhD students working in the Jewish Studies field. Students are nominated by faculty members based on how the students' work contributes to the field of Jewish Studies.


The Katzin in Perpetuity (KIP) Fellowship

The KIP is a $5,000 fellowship awarded to current and incoming PhD students working in the Jewish Studies field. Students are nominated by faculty members based on how the students' work contributes to the field of Jewish Studies.


The Wexler Family Judaic Studies Fellowship Fund in honor of David Noel Freedman (Suspended)

The Wexler is a $1000 fellowship awarded to current and incoming graduate students working in the Jewish Studies field.


Jewish Studies Program Grants and Stipends

The Jewish Studies Program awards grants and stipends to support to UC San Diego graduate student work on a case by case basis. The amount of the award varies depending on student need and fund availability. Please contact the Jewish Studies Program at jewishstudies@ucsd.edu.


Hebrew Teaching Assistant

The Jewish Studies Program hires a teaching assistant for our first-year Hebrew courses. Appointments are at 25% time working 10 hours per week, teaching two one-hour sections under the supervision of the Hebrew Languages Instructors. Office hours, preparation, and grading required. Resume or CV detailing language and/or teaching background and Statement of purpose hand written in Hebrew required. Please visit the Graduate Division Employment website for job announcements or contact the Jewish Studies Program at jewishstudies@ucsd.edu.

Undergraduate Students

Jewish Studies Undergraduate Summer Scholarship

Award: $2,500.00

The Jewish Studies Program offers a scholarship 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.

Process:

Students must 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.