Anne Tanenbaum Postdoctoral Fellowships in Jewish Studies

Deadline: December 4, 2012.

Eligibility: Applicants must have completed their doctoral dissertations by July 1, 2013 on a topic  related to the history, culture, literature or thought of the Jewish people.

Comments: Fellows will reside in 2013-14 at the University of Toronto, continue their research, deliver a public lecture, teach one course in each of two academic terms, and contribute to the intellectual life of the Centre for Jewish Studies.


Ray D. Wolfe Postdoctoral Fellowship

Length: 1 year

Deadline: December 4, 2012

Eligibility: Applicants must have completed PhD by July 1, 2013 on a topic related to the history, culture, literature, or thought of Jewish people.

Comments: Fellows will reside in 2013-14 at the Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto, deliver a public lecture, and teach one course in each of two academic terms.



Max van Berchem Foundation Grants

The Max van Berchem Foundation, whose goal is to promote the study of Islamic and Arabic archaeology, history, geography, art history, epigraphy, religion and literature, awards grants for research carried out in these areas by scholars who have already received their doctorate.


Deadline: March 31, 2013

Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellowships

Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellowships

Deadline: October 1

Length: 1 year
Comments: Must have received “a doctorate or appropriate terminal degree at least two years prior to appointment (by December 2012)”; “only scholars who have published at least two articles in refereed journals or edited collections are eligible to apply”; “former fellows, 1999-present, not eligible”; “applicants whose projects draw on resources of the Institute’s Schlesinger Library on the History on Women in America (the country’s foremost archive in women’s history) are looked on favorably, but such a focus is not a prerequisite for applying”; topics related to stem cell research are of particular interest


Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art Junior Fellowships

Deadline: January 15
Length: three months
Comments: “[O]ffered to scholars already engaged in doctoral research on British art or architectural history”; to engage in research at the Paul Mellon Centre in London

University of Aberdeen Hay of Seaton Fellowship in Rabbinic Culture and Hebrew Language

Deadline: May 9
Length: one year
Comments: Applicant must “have in hand, or be very near the completion of, a PhD in a relevant discipline concentrated upon the study of the texts, traditions and traditional languages of Judaism”; position reference number 1245806

Max Planck Institute for the Institute of Science Postdoctoral Fellowship in Classics

Deadline: April 24
Length: one year, renewable
Comments: “for a scholar in classics with a specialization in Early Modern Latin”; “awarded in conjunction with the research project, ‘The Writing of Deaf- Muteness and the Construction of Norms.'”

Dr. Elka Klein Memorial Travel Grant

Deadline: April 20
Duration: one semester or longer
Description: Dr. Elka Klein (1965-2005) was passionate about her profession as a historian and a teacher.  Her untimely death in the spring of 2005 was a great loss to all who knew her, whether personally or professionally.  In her memory, her friends and professional colleagues in the fields of History and Jewish Studies have created a fitting memorial to honor her dedication to and her achievements in her academic life.

A cash grant of $1500 will be awarded in Dr. Klein’s memory to a doctoral candidate preparing to spend a semester or more of the 2012-13 academic year abroad conducting historical research towards his/her dissertation. The grant recipient will be selected by a panel of scholars based on the relevance and potential contribution of the proposed work to the fields and concerns important to Dr. Klein, such as Sephardic culture, medieval history, gender studies, and Jewish studies.

Applicants for the grant are asked to submit four copies of the following information by April 20, 2012.  Alternately, all materials other than the recommendation letter may be submitted by e-mail:
*        A c.v.
*        A copy of the applicant’s dissertation proposal
*        A description of the specific research to be undertaken abroad
*        A working budget, including what other funds have already been secured
*        A letter of recommendation from the applicant’s dissertation supervisor, addressing the applicant’s qualifications and the significance of the research s/he will be undertaking.

Applications should be mailed to:

Dr. Elka Klein Memorial Travel Grant
c/o Dr. Gail Labovitz
American Jewish University
15600 Mulholland Drive
Bel Air, CA  90077

To submit an application by e-mail, or for more information, please contact Dr. Gail Labovitz,

The selected applicant will be expected to acknowledge the grant in the dissertation and in any subsequent publications that result from the research subsidized by the grant.  We thank the Association for Jewish Studies for their help in fund-raising and administration to make this grant possible.


Penn Predoctoral Fellowships for Excellence Through Diversity

Deadline: April 15
Duration: one year
Description: The University of Pennsylvania invites applications for the first Predoctoral Fellowships for Excellence Through Diversity. This program is designed to provide mentorship and access to Penn’s resources for doctoral students in the humanities or social sciences, enrolled at universities other than Penn, as they complete their dissertations. It supports scholars from a wide range of backgrounds, who can contribute to the diversity of Penn and the higher education community. The Fellowships support graduate students in the final stages of dissertation research or writing for residency at Penn for an academic year, normally September through August. They offer an opportunity for scholars who plan an academic career to take advantage of Penn programs and faculty expertise and to have access to libraries and the resources of the Philadelphia region.   Each scholar will be hosted by a department or program and assigned a faculty mentor.  Recipients can be in the stage of either dissertation research or writing.

The Fellowship provides a stipend of $27,000, health and dental insurance, office space, library privileges, and a $3000 research and travel fund.  The application deadline is April 15, 2012.

This year, three of these new Fellowships will be awarded.  Candidates must:

  • Be a U.S citizen or permanent resident.
  • Be enrolled in a PhD program in the humanities or social sciences at an institution other than Penn, have passed their PhD qualifying examinations, and have an approved dissertation proposal.
  • Be a student of exceptional academic merit who belongs to a group underrepresented in higher education;  and/or comes from a socially, culturally, or educationally disadvantaged background or have faced other significant personal obstacles; and/or pursues academic research on cultural, societal, or educational problems as they affect disadvantaged segments of society.

Applications consist of:

  • A personal statement describing the student’s work, dissertation, and any other information that the student would like to present to the selection committee.  The statement should begin by addressing the importance of the student’s topic and approach and then explain the dissertation’s aims, methodologies (how the student will conduct the research), originality, and contribution to its field.
  • A dissertation abstract.
  • Two letters of recommendation, one which must come from the dissertation advisor, commenting on the student’s performance, potential, and expected time to degree.  At least one of the letters must address the student’s contribution to diversity in higher education.  These can be sent separately by the recommenders.
  • Official graduate transcript(s).
  • Current curriculum vitae.

These materials should be sent to Stephanie King in the Office of the Provost at They can be transmitted in more than one email.  Statements of endorsement, reference letters and transcripts should be sent as PDFs. Correspondence must be signed and on official letterhead.

Questions can be addressed to the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty at

Indiana University Postdoctoral Fellowship in Second Language Studies

Deadline: March 15
Duration: 2 years
Comments: Applicants should have “research programs on any aspect of learner language development (including revitalization contexts and untutored environments)”; must have earned PhD between January 1, 2010 and July 31, 2012