Funds for Graduate Work in Jewish Studies

These graduate fellowships are offered by the university and are not specific to Jewish studies.

Harris Center Graduate Research and Travel Grants

The Harris Center offers grants for M.A. and Ph.D. students in any discipline at UNL who are conducting research connected with Jewish studies, broadly conceived. Selection is competitive, and applicants must be able to demonstrate that Jews, Judaism, Jewish texts, Jewish history, or Jewish culture are a key component of the project. The grant may be used for travel and/or material. Budget and budget justification required. Awards range from $1800 to considerably higher, depending upon the scope and nature of the proposed research and the number of applicants. Applications are received and awards made on a rolling basis. A conversation with the director or assistant director beforehand may be helpful.

Graduate students who have received research support:

  • Zenebe Beyene (Politcal Science)
  • Josh Bivins (History)
  • Mikal Brotnov (History)
  • Tony Foreman(History)
  • Mike Dick (History)
  • Francisco Lopez-Bermudez (Political Science)

External Internships and Summer Programs

Summer Graduate Research Assistant Program, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Washington, DC

The Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies administers a summer program designed for students accepted to or currently enrolled in a master’s (MA) degree program or in their first year of a PhD program. Students who have completed more than one year of doctoral work will not be considered. Students in all relevant disciplines are eligible, including history, political science, literature, Jewish studies, philosophy, religion, sociology, anthropology, comparative genocide studies, law, and others. Assistants are expected to participate in a weekly training seminar led by Museum staff, which introduces them to key subjects, essential tools, useful methods, and approaches as well as career opportunities in Holocaust research.

Fred Grubel Fellowship, Leo Baeck Institute
New York City

Paid summer internship program for a graduate student who will participate in work on a specific research topic (jointly determined by the candidate and the LBI) related to LBI collections, which can include archives, library, photo collection, and art collection. The research project should pertain to the lives of refugees of the 1930s and 1940s in New York. The fellow will be supervised by the director of research and will work on a day-to-day basis with archives and library staff. Ph.D. candidates from history, sociology, literature, or Jewish studies programs are eligible.

Seminar on Archival and Historical Research, Center for Jewish History
New York City

The Center for Jewish History Seminar on Archival and Historical Research is a three-day program for rising college seniors, recent university and college graduates, M.A. students, and first- and second-year doctoral students to learn the skills and methods of conducting archival research within one of the premier research libraries in the United States. The seminar’s focus will be geared towards learning a variety of tools to access information and incorporate archival and library research into specific projects. In addition, participants will be introduced to the vast holdings of the Center’s partner organizations, and the ways those collections are created, stored, and preserved. Students from various disciplines are eligible, including history, Jewish studies, literature, religion, politics, sociology, anthropology, as well as area and regional studies. Each participant will have the opportunity to conduct their own research in the Center’s Reading Room, utilizing the full complement of the available research tools.

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