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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:

http://www.ochjs.ac.uk/academic-activities/oxford-summer-institute-2017/

Application Information:

http://www.ochjs.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/OSI-Application-info-.pdf

Application Form:

http://www.ochjs.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/OSI-Application-form.pdf

 

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 http://www.thekeep.info/german-jewish-collections/.

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)

Eligibility

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: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/pg/applying/2016entry

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 – http://www.sussex.ac.uk/history/pgstudy/researchproposal
  • CV
  • A statement of purpose (500 words)
  • A copy of your MA diploma
  • Two letters of recommendation

Timetable

Application deadline is 15th August 2016.

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

Further information

Please contact Dr Gideon Reuveni (g.reuveni@sussex.ac.uk) with any questions you may have concerning the scholarship.

For admissions queries, please contact Fiona Allan, HAHP Research & Enterprise Coordinator (f.m.allan@sussex.ac.uk).

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 eth22@cam.ac.uk.

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The University of Edinburgh invites applications for a short-term visiting fellowship in Jewish Studies. The fellowship is dedicated to research on Scottish Jewry and related subjects in any historical period. It is intended that the visiting fellow will make extensive use of documents available in the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre and / or sources in Edinburgh repositories. For details of locally available archival collections please see http://jewishstudies.div.ed.ac.uk/exhibition/archive/.

The visiting fellow will be based at the School of Divinity.

The visiting fellowship will be tenable for two months and must be taken up during one of the University’s teaching terms, or, if that is not possible, at a time agreed with the University. The visiting fellow is expected to deliver a research seminar at the University of Edinburgh, and one public lecture about their research in either Edinburgh or Glasgow. Both events need to make explicit reference to the archival collections worked on during the tenure of the fellowship.

The visiting fellowship will award a stipend of £2000 to cover travel, accommodation and maintenance during the term of residence in Edinburgh. The successful recipient will have the status of ‘Visiting Fellow’ at the University of Edinburgh and will not have a contract of employment.

International applicants are responsible for ensuring that they meet all criteria for Academic Visitors specified by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) at the time of the research visit. Current guidance is at: http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/policyandlaw/guidance/ecg/vat/vat12/

Please send a letter of application outlining your research project, the proposed time of taking up this visiting fellowship, and an academic CV to h.holtschneider@ed.ac.uk.

Deadline for applications: 1 May 2015, 5pm.

The successful applicants will be notified within four weeks of the closing date for applications.

The British Association for Jewish Studies seeks to establish a BAJS studentship for a postgraduate researcher to support the activities of the Association. The studentship will be £1500 for one year. The awardee must be a registered PhD student but can be based at any university in the UK and Ireland. The studentship holder will be responsible to the Secretary and Officers of the Committee.

Proposed start date: 1st September 2015 and end date: 31st August 2016

Closing Date for Applications: 15th May 2015

Interview Date: 6th or 7th July at the annual BAJS conference in Manchester

Studentship Purpose

  1. To contribute to the administrative organisation and activities of the British Association for Jewish Studies, with specific projects determined by the Committee.
  2. To provide valuable academic administrative experience, career development and networking opportunities for a PhD student in the field of Jewish Studies.

The British Association for Jewish Studies aims to nurture, cultivate and advance teaching and research in Jewish culture and history in all its aspects within Higher Education in the British Isles. This studentship would suit an applicant who is studying for a PhD in the field of Jewish Studies, and is considering the possibility of an academic career. The studentship holder will support the activities of the British Association for Jewish Studies through assisting the Committee Officers in the work of the Association. In the first instance, this will involve supporting expansion of the membership of the Association, and supporting maintenance and development of the BAJS database and website. The studentship will involve building effective working relationships with members of the Committee, academics and departments working in the field of Jewish Studies, liaison with schools and colleges, and other academic organisations with an interest in Jewish Studies. The ability to organise effectively and communicate to a diverse range of professionals is essential to this studentship.

Application requirements

1) Covering letter, including a statement addressing the following areas:

  1. The subject matter and contribution of your PhD in Jewish Studies.
  2. Evidence of your ability to organise and communicate effectively (e.g. committee work, society work, IT skills, etc).
  3. Any other reasons for your suitability for this studentship.

 2) Curriculum Vitae

3)  A letter of reference from your PhD supervisor, which can be sent directly to the Secretary of the BAJS committee.

All materials should reach Helen Spurling (h.spurling@southampton.ac.uk) by 15th May 2015.

Manchester offers a range of funding opportunities for doctoral students in Jewish Studies, including John Rylands Research Institute Studentships, President’s Doctoral Scholar awards, School of Arts, Languages and Cultures studentships, as well as AHRC and ESRC studentships. Supported subjects include Israel Studies, ancient Jewish Studies, Bible/Dead Sea Scrolls, medieval Jewish Studies, Jewish/non-Jewish relations, modern Jewish thought and theology and Holocaust Studies.

In order to be eligible for funding, applications to the PhD programme must be received by 16 January 2015 (ESRC) or 23 January 2015 (most others), while separate funding applications are due by 2 February 2015 (ESRC) or 13 February 2015 (most others). See http://www.manchesterjewishstudies.org/phd-funding-opportunities/ It is vital that candidates identify and contact their prospective supervisors well in advance of the deadline. Interested parties are strongly encouraged to contact alex.samely@manchester.ac.uk in the first instance.

The Woolf Institute, which specializes in the study of relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims from a multidisciplinary perspective, invites applications for its annual visiting fellowship.

The Fellowship is tenable for a two to three month period that overlaps one of the Cambridge terms 2016:

Lent term: 12 January–11 March 2016
Easter term: 19 April–10 June 2016

The successful candidate will be expected to be involved in a project of academic research, public education or of the arts in an area relevant to the Institute’s work. The Fellow will be asked to present their work at a symposium on the subject of their project proposal.

There is no stipend attached to the Fellowships, but Fellows will be entitled to free accommodation in Cambridge and round-trip travel from their country to Cambridge. They will also have access to the Woolf Institute and Cambridge University libraries.

The Fellowship is available for a postdoctoral scholar of any academic rank, a policymaker or analyst in a relevant area of work, or an artist (writer, painter, photographer, etc.) and will most likely be asked to participate in some of the Institute’s teaching or practice-based activities. Further information about the Institute can be found at: http://www.woolf.cam.ac.uk.

A letter of application, CV, the names of two referees who may be approached, a project proposal (1,500 words max.), and a sample of work should be sent to:

Electors of the Visiting Fellowship, Woolf Institute, 12-14 Grange Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DU, UK or e-mailed to Tina Steiner at bs411@cam.ac.uk.

Questions may be addressed informally to the Deputy Director, Dr Shana Cohen at sc736@cam.ac.uk.

Deadline for the submission of applications is 20 February 2015.

The Leo Baeck Institute for the Study of the History and Culture of German-speaking Jewry is delighted to announce its 2016 Year Book Essay Prize. The Leo Baeck Institute Year Book is a fully refereed Oxford journal.

The Leo Baeck Institute Year Book Essay Prize was established to

  • Stimulate new research on the history and culture of German-speaking Jewry
  • Promote young researchers in the field.

The essay can be on any topic on the history and culture of German-speaking Central European Jewry from early modern times through to the post-war period and present.

The prize

The winner will receive:

  • Publication of the winning essay in the 2016 volume of the Leo Baeck Institute Year Book
  • A cash prize of £500
  • A free year’s print and online subscription to the Leo Baeck Institute Year Book 

How to enter

Entries of 5-7,000 words should be submitted through our online submission system. Please refer to http://www.oxfordjournals.org/our_journals/lbaeck/for_authors for instructions on how to prepare and submit your manuscript. The closing date is 15 April 2015.

The competition rules

The competition is open to recent PhDs and Postdocs who have received their PhD no more than 5 years ago. The winner’s student status verification will be requested from their academic supervisor or head of department. The entry must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. See http://www.oxfordjournals.org/our_journals/lbaeck/prize_submissions.html for the full competition rules.

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee is pleased to present its Fellowship program. Two or three fellowships will be awarded each year to deserving scholars engaged in graduate level, post-doctoral, or independent study to conduct research in the JDC Archives, either in New York or Jerusalem. Research topics in the fields of twentieth century Jewish history, general history, and humanitarian assistance will be considered, as well as other areas of academic research covered in the JDC archival collections. The amount granted will range from $2,000 to $5,000.

Read more and apply: archives.jdc.org/fellowships

The Midlands3Cities Consortium is offering 87 AHRC funded PhD Studentships including Jewish Studies ranging from antiquity to contemporary Jewish Studies in Birmingham, Leicester, and Nottingham. For details see

http://www.midlands3cities.ac.uk/midlands-3-cities/index.aspx

Performing the Jewish Archive is pleased to announce details of three fully-funded PhD studentships:

[Details of the applications procedures for both Leeds and York are in the relevant document above]

Each scholarship will be available for a student from the UK or other EU country for PhD study, commencing no later than 30 March 2015. For UK students the award will pay academic fees at the standard Research Council rate and provide a maintenance grant of £13,863 (for 2014/15). EU students will be eligible for a fees only award, except in exceptional circumstances or where Research Council residency criteria have been met.

A brief summary of the project and all three studentships is available here

For informal enquiries and for details of the application procedure, please contact Dr Stephen Muir (s.p.k.muir@leeds.ac.uk)

 

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The Woolf Institute in Cambridge, UK, has been dedicated to the provision of graduate and postgraduate study for more than 15 years. In partnership with the Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust, the Woolf Institute established the Woolf Institute Cambridge Scholarships. These scholarships are intended to support outstanding research students at the University of Cambridge who have the potential to become exceptional leaders of the future.

Scholars will be selected from amongst applicants in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Their research must be relevant to the focus of the Woolf Institute – the multi-disciplinary study of relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims.

The Woolf Institute and the Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust will co-fund the successful candidates. Each scholarship will cover the full cost of studying for a PhD at the University of Cambridge, and will be tenable at any of the thirty-one Cambridge Colleges.

Applicants for 2015-16 entry are required to apply to the University of Cambridge by the published scholarship application deadline [http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/]. Applicants must show evidence of excellence in their field of study and formulate a coherent research proposal. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Woolf Institute prior to submitting their application to discuss whether their research proposal is relevant to the Institute’s focus.

For further information, contact:

Woolf Institute (http://www.woolf.cam.ac.uk/): Dr Emma Harris at eth22@cam.ac.uk

Cambridge Trust (http://www.cambridgetrust.org/): cambridge.trust@admin.cam.ac.uk

Woolf Institute Cambridge Scholarships 2015

Two prizes of £200, ordinarily for one outstanding undergraduate and one postgraduate essay by students at institutions in the UK and Ireland are awarded annually.

UG submissions should be a final year dissertation from the current academic year on a subject relating to Jewish Studies.

PG offerings should be an essay (excluding dissertations) submitted to their institution in the current academic year on a subject relating to Jewish Studies. Submissions by postgraduate research students are not considered.

Only one submission per candidate is allowed, although departments may submit as many prize-worthy candidates as they wish. Please provide an electronic copy of the essay, clearly identified as an undergraduate or postgraduate entry, and include the full contact details of the student, including email and postal address. Submission can be made either by the supervisor of the essay or the department of which the student is a member and should be sent to: Helen Spurling (h.spurling@southampton.ac.uk).

Deadline for submission: June 22nd 2015.

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The European Association for Jewish Studies (EAJS) offers its members a unique database of funding sources for Jewish Studies related activities, with standardized, up-to-date information about grants available for research projects, conferences, publications, scholarships and teaching. See www.eajsfunders.org/ (if members have difficulty logging in, please contact our administrator: admin@eurojewishstudies.org). We also have a Funding Advisory consultant who can respond to email enquiries from members about the use of the funding database itself, and about more general issues relating to appropriate funding sources for your activities. Please contact him at: funding@eurojewishstudies.org. Please note that access to the funding database and advisory service is currently restricted to EAJS members; for details on the wider benefits of EAJS membership and how to apply, see: www.eurojewishstudies.org/membership/benefits-of-membership/