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Fordham-NYPL Research Fellowships in Jewish Studies

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Fordham University’s Jewish Studies Program and the New York Public Library are delighted to announce joint short-term and mid-term research fellowships in Jewish Studies for the 2017-2018 academic year. This joint pilot fellowship program is open to scholars in all fields of Jewish Studies from outside the New York City metropolitan area seeking to conduct on-site research in the New York Public Library, especially the Dorot Jewish Division.

The short-term fellowship will consist of a stipend of $1,000 per week for a minimum of two and maximum of four weeks. Mid-term fellowships will be available for Spring semester (January 15, 2018-May 15, 2018), and will offer a stipend of $20,000. A subsidy for travel may be available.  For the duration of the fellowship, fellows will receive an affiliation with Fordham University. The successful fellows will give one public presentation and a faculty seminar.

Short-Term Application:  A complete application consists of three parts: the online application form, a project proposal (including an abbreviated CV) and a professional letter of recommendation.  The project proposal is to include a general description or abstract of the research project, its title and format and the applicant's contact details. Applicants should identify specific material(s) to be consulted at the New York Public Library during the desired dates of the fellowship period. Successful applications will also include an in-depth explanation of how collections existing only at the New York Public Library are essential to the progress and completion of the research project.  The proposal and CV should be no longer than 5-pages in length.  Proposals and letters of recommendation should be submitted under separate cover to rfjs@nypl.org with the subject line Short Term Jewish Studies Fellowship no later than April 30, 2017.

Residency: Short-term fellows must take up residency between September 1, 2017 and May 15, 2018.  Fellows are expected to be in continuous residence for the duration of the fellowship award period as specified in the proposal.  The maximum proposal length is four weeks.  

Mid-Term Application:  A complete application consists of three parts: the online application form, a project proposal (including an abbreviated CV), a writing sample consisting of a chapter or a published article, and two professional letters of recommendation.  The project proposal is to include a general description or abstract of the research project, its title and format and the applicant's contact details. Applicants should identify specific material(s) to be consulted at the Dorot Division during the desired dates of the fellowship period. Successful applications will also include an in-depth explanation of how collections existing only at the New York Public Library are essential to the progress and completion of the research project.  The proposal and CV should be no longer than 5-pages in length.  Proposals and letters of recommendation should be submitted under separate cover to rfjs@nypl.org with the subject line Mid-Term Jewish Studies Fellowship no later than April 30, 2017.

Residency for mid-term fellowships: Fellows must take up residency between January 15, 2018 and May 15, 2018.  Fellows are expected to be in continuous residence for the duration of the fellowship award period as specified in the proposal.  

The Fordham-NYPL Fellowship Program in Jewish Studies is made possible by the Eugene Shvidler Gift Fund at Fordham University, and additional gift funds to Jewish Studies at Fordham University.

Learn more about NYPL Fellowships or email: jewishstudies@fordham.edu