Montague Burton PhD Fee Bursary in Jewish Studies, University of Leeds

Montague Burton PhD Fee Bursary in Jewish Studies

One Montague Burton PhD Bursary in Jewish Studies is available in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies for session 2018/19.

The bursary will cover fees at the Home/EU rate.

The aim of this bursary is particularly to encourage engagement with Judaica held in Special Collections at Leeds University Library, first and foremost the renowned Cecil Roth Collection, which includes illuminated Hebrew manuscripts from the medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods. The Joseph Porton collection of Judaic books is a rare testimony of the collecting patterns and scholarship of the English rabbinate of the late 19th and early 20th century.

A rich archive of works by Jewish artists, and objects and documents relating mainly to the history of Jews in Leeds and Yorkshire can be found at Leeds Museums and Galleries. The West Yorkshire Archive Service also keeps a collection of documents relating to Jewish history in the region.

The bursary is intended for a doctoral project that focusses on one of the following areas:

  • Jewish visualities and/or materialities (between the medieval and the contemporary period, and including fine art, book art, architecture, photography and the moving image);
  • Jewish studies resources held in Leeds and/or Yorkshire;
  • the study of Jewish museums and collections (nationally or internationally).

Applicants can also propose a practice-led research project, provided it ties in with the above research areas. Respective protocols for the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures can be found here.

We furthermore invite practitioners based in Jewish museums to contact us with research proposals that would benefit from a collaboration with the Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Leeds.

The bursary is especially suited to candidates with an interest/background in Jewish studies and visual cultures.

The PhD studentship will be based at the University of Leeds in the Centre for Jewish Studies. The Centre fosters an active research programme in several aspects of Jewish culture, foremost relating to Jewish visualities, musicalities, performativities; memory culture; the Holocaust in cultural memory.

Supervisors: Dr Eva Frojmovic / other staff associated with the Centre for Jewish Studies.

The Cecil Roth Collection

The holdings comprise medieval and early modern manuscripts in Hebrew and other Jewish languages; pre-1850 Hebrew printed books going back to the 16th century, among which a significant collection of books authored or printed by Menasseh ben Israel; Anglo-Judaica, many of which in English and relating to both Anglo-Jewish history and anti-Judaism.

Funding and Support

The bursary will pay for Home/EU fees over 3 years full-time or 5 years part-time. NB: The bursary will not cover accommodation and living costs.

The project start date will be 1 October 2018, and the successful applicant will be able to undertake study on a full- or part-time basis.

How to Apply

See here for full details including how to apply. The closing date for applications has been extended to 15 June 2018.

For more information, or to informally discuss the bursary, contact lead supervisor Dr Eva Frojmovic at


The Parkes East and Central European MA Scholarship in Jewish History and Culture

The Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations

 The Parkes East and Central European MA Scholarship in Jewish History and Culture

One Scholarship is available for citizens of selected East and East-Central European countries to study for an MA in Jewish History and Culture at the Faculty of Humanities, University of Southampton, UK in 2018/19.
The University of Southampton is home to the Parkes Institute, one of the foremost centres for the study of Jewish history, culture, and literature in the UK, with specialists in ancient and modern Jewish history, literature, and culture, and the histories of British, German, South African, and East European Jewries.  The Parkes Library and Archive is an outstanding resource for the study of Jewish history and culture.

The University seeks candidates who intend to use the degree to start an academic career or further an existing career in cultural, educational, archaeological, or communal work (e.g. Museum, Holocaust education, archive).


  • You must be a national of and currently residing within one of the following countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, or Slovakia.Please note that we are not accepting applications from non-European Union countries.
  • You must be expecting to return to the country concerned at the end of the period of study.
  • You should hold a degree of an equivalent standard to at least a good UK second class Honours degree.
  • You should have a standard of English that meets University of Southampton admission requirements (IELTS 7.0 overall)
  • You should not have already been awarded a university doctorate from another academic institution
  • You should not have already spent a substantial period of time (more than a year) studying in a university outside your home country.

Deadline: Friday 22ndJune 2018.
How to apply:
See our website for information about the programme and details on how to apply.

In addition to your online application for the MA programme, please send a CV and a personal statement regarding this studentship to Dr Claire Le Foll at

The Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society Annual Travel Grants, 2018

The Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society


We have pleasure in announcing the 2018 call for applications to the small grants programme of the Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society. The AIAS is a small cultural and non-political charity, embracing all peoples and religions. Our mission is to make accessible the archaeology of Israel and the Levant in all periods and in its historical geographical, religious and intellectual context. We focus especially on supporting, promoting and raising awareness of recent research and discovery. Our grants are intended to assist students from the United Kingdom who wish to gain experience through a short period of practical participation in an archaeological project in Israel or through other appropriate activities. They normally serve to cover part or the whole of the cost of travel. 

We offer the Nicholas Slope Memorial Award of up to £1000 and a limited number of smaller grants.

For further information and an application form, please see our website: or contact the AIAS administrator, Sheila Ford:

The deadline for applications is 12 March, 2018.

Extended deadline: Oxford Summer Institute on Modern and Contemporary Judaism, ‘Modern Judaism, Technology, and Authority: Historical, Social Scientific and Theological Perspectives’. Call for applications

Oxford Summer Institute on Modern and Contemporary Judaism, 3 July – 10 July 2017

‘Modern Judaism, Technology, and Authority: Historical, Social Scientific and Theological Perspectives’

Call for applications

The Oxford Summer Institute on Modern and Contemporary Judaism (OSI-MCJ) is an advanced academic seminar that is intended to raise innovative and challenging perspectives that have the potential to influence broader thinking about contemporary Judaism. A combination of outstanding senior scholars of Jewish religion and culture from around the globe join with a select group of early career European Jewish Studies scholars for eight days of rigorous study and intellectual exchange.

The fourth annual OSI-MCJ will address: ‘Modern Judaism, Technology, and Authority: Historical, Social Scientific and Theological Perspectives.’

This seminar will be dedicated to exploring the multiple ways in which modern and contemporary Jewish life, thought, and practice have responded to a broad range of innovations. The multi- and inter-disciplinary approach of the seminar is designed to bring into conversation distinctive fields of study and attract a diverse range of specialists.

Oxford Summer Institutes involve a period of intense study in the setting of an advanced seminar. To join a core group of twelve senior scholars of Jewish religion and culture, the Centre now invites applications from a further eight European scholars in the field at an early stage in their career (i.e. scholars who are about to complete a doctorate or have completed a doctorate since December 2012).

Up to eight European scholars will be selected to join the 2017 OSI. The Centre will cover travel and accommodation costs.

The closing date for completed applications is: 3 March 2017.

For further information:

Application Information:

Application Form:

University of Sussex: Clemens N. Nathan PhD Scholarship Programme


The Centre for German-Jewish Studies at the University of Sussex is pleased to offer a 3-year Clemens N. Nathan PhD Scholarship for an outstanding doctoral candidate wishing to pursue a research project in the field of history and culture of German-speaking Jewry. Highly motivated current and prospective graduates with an outstanding academic record and a strong interest in the relevant topics are encouraged to apply. While diverse fields of investigation are currently open, we encourage projects in the following areas:

  • The complex spectrum of German-Jewish experiences
  • History and memory, with special emphasis on the second and third generation
  • Jewish identity and the question of integration
  • Human rights and the refugee question
  • Israel studies
  • Holocaust education

Founded over 20 years ago the Centre for German-Jewish Studies based at the University of Sussex is one of few research institutions devoted to the interdisciplinary study of the history and culture of Jews in German-speaking lands since the Enlightenment. Given its location, a key objective of the Centre is to research the history of emigration of German-speaking Jews to other cultural contexts and the appreciation of the German-Jewish legacy worldwide. Pride in his German-Jewish heritage prompted Clemens N. Nathan to become involved in the work of the Centre for German-Jewish Studies. A committed supporter of the Centre and one of the founding members of its London-based Support Group, he died in June 2015.

Over the years the Centre for German-Jewish Studies has attracted the deposit of various collections that reflect the study of political, cultural and everyday life of Jewish refugees and their families to the United Kingdom. This testimony to life histories of German-Jewish families in turbulent times exemplifies both the attempted synthesis of Jewish and German cultures in German-speaking countries, and the acculturation of German-Jewish refugees in Britain. The Centre archive is hosted in the Keep

The successful candidate will be expected to participate in the manifold research activities of the Centre which include lectures, international conferences and other events.

Type of award

Postgraduate Research

Award amount

3 years PhD funding covering UK/EU fees (overseas students to pay the difference in fees) & stipend (£14,057 p.a. for 2015/16)


Hold a Master’s degree.

Application procedure

The recipient of this scholarship will be enrolled in the doctoral programme in the School of History, Art History and Philosophy at the University of Sussex. All applications should be submitted through the Sussex University postgraduate website. Please indicate on your application that you wish to be considered for the Clemens N. Nathan PhD Scholarship. Further information on application procedures can be found at:

Please include the following in your application:

  • Research proposal (2,500 words). Guidelines on what to include in a research proposal are available at the History department webpages –
  • CV
  • A statement of purpose (500 words)
  • A copy of your MA diploma
  • Two letters of recommendation


Application deadline is 15th August 2016.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed at the beginning of September 2016.

Further information

Please contact Dr Gideon Reuveni ( with any questions you may have concerning the scholarship.

For admissions queries, please contact Fiona Allan, HAHP Research & Enterprise Coordinator (

E-learning course ‘Jews, Christians and Muslims in Europe: Modern Challenges’, The Woolf Institute (Cambridge)

The Woolf Institute (Cambridge) is delighted to announce that applications are now being accepted for the e-learning course, Jews, Christians and Muslims in Europe: Modern Challenges

This timely e-learning course focuses on the relationships between Jews, Christians and Muslims in modern Europe. The course is multidisciplinary and examines historical trends, religious and cultural interaction, and issues of contemporary citizenship.

The course will be led and co-taught by Dr Gorazd Andrejč , Dr Sami Everett, and  Dr Esther-Miriam Wagner. For more information on the topics covered, the structure of the course, and the application details, please see here.

The e-learning approach allows participants to study wherever and whenever they choose via the internet. Many participants from across Europe and around the world – Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Poland, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom, as well as Australia, China, Kenya, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand, and the United States – have already taken this course. 

To get a feel for the course from the students’ perspective, please find reflections on the course by two former students who completed the course here and here.

The closing date for applications is 2 August 2016. The course commences, with Induction Week, on Monday 5 September 2016. The application form is available to download here. The course fee is £350. A limited number of bursaries are available.

If you have any queries about the course, contact Dr Emma Harris, Academic Coordinator, at

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