Monday, September 12, 2016

Great opportunity to improve research proposal-writing skills!

The Nationality Room scholarship competition is coming up soon and in the spring we will be accepting application for the Halpern Award for Jewish studies projects.  Start to get ready by checking out workshops like these.

Opportunities in New York and London in March and May

Pitt offers amazing opportunities for field study in New York and London.  Those interested in Jewish history and culture should pay particular attention to the New York program since NYC has the largest Jewish population of any city ever... 

Friday, September 2, 2016

Some fellowship and scholarship information sessions that may be of interest:

Critical Language Scholarship Program Information Sessions
Featuring Erin West, CLS Program ambassador and student at Brown University studying social development
Tuesday, September 6 @ 12:00 PM on CL 37th Floor Register

The Critical Language Scholarship provides funding for immersive summer study in one of thirteen critical languages in a host country. Depending on the language, programs are offered at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. U.S. citizenship is required. Deadline is late November, 2016.

DAAD Study/Research Graduate Awards
Monday, September 12 @ 4:00 PM in 4130 Posvar Hall Register
DAAD Study/Research Graduate Awards provides funding for graduate study or research in all fields in Germany. Not all fields require German language proficiency. U.S. citizenship or permanent residency required. Contact Stephen Lund at for details about Pitt's campus process and campus deadlines. DAAD deadlines run between late September and early November, 2016, depending on field.

Boren Scholarship Information Sessions
Wednesday, September 14 @ 12:00 PM on CL 37th Floor Register
Wednesday, October 12 @ 12:00 PM on CL 37th Floor Register

Boren Scholars study less-commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. national security interests. Previous language study is NOT required. In exchange for funding, Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after undergraduate or graduate school. U.S. citizenship is required. Pitt campus deadline for undergraduates is December 1, 2016. Graduate student fellowship applicants should contact Jessica Sun ( for more information. 

Truman Scholarship and Udall Scholarship Information Sessions
Wednesday, September 21 @ 12:00 PM on CL 37th Floor Register
Wednesday, October 19 @ 12:00 PM on CL 37th Floor Register

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship provides juniors who demonstrate academic potential, outstanding leadership, and a commitment to the public sector up to $30,000 for 2-3 years of graduate study. Pitt can nominate up to four candidates for this award. U.S. citizens and U.S. nationals or permanent residents of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands are eligible to apply. Pitt campus deadline is December 1, 2016.
The Udall Scholarship awards $5,000 to sophomores and juniors from any discipline who demonstrate a commitment to environmental issues through a combination of coursework, research, internships, jobs, or extracurricular activities. Native American or Alaskan native students are also eligible for fields related to tribal health care or tribal policy. Pitt can nominate up to eight candidates for this award. U.S. citizens, nationals, and permanent residents are eligible to apply. Pitt campus deadline is early February.

Soros (Paul and Daisy) Fellowships for New Americans Information Sessions
Thursday, September 22 @ 12:30 PM in the Dowd Room, Cohon University Center, Carnegie Mellon University Register

The Soros Fellowships for New Americans supports new Americans, immigrants or the children of immigrants through up to two years of graduate study in any field in the United States. Each award is for up to $25,000 in stipend support (not to exceed $40,000), as well as 50 percent of required tuition and fees, up to $20,000 per year, for two years. Deadline is November 1, 2016.

Beinecke ScholarshipErtegun Scholarship, and DeKarman Fellowship Information Sessions
Wednesday, September 28 @ 12:00 PM on CL 37th Floor Register
Wednesday, October 26 @ 12:00 PM on CL 37th Floor Register

The Beinecke Scholarship provides students in the arts, humanities, and social sciences $4,000 immediately prior to graduate school and additional $30,000 while attending graduate school. Applicants must be juniors and have a documented history of receiving need-based financial aid during their undergraduate years. Pitt can nominate one candidate for this award. U.S. citizens and U.S. nationals from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands are eligible to apply. Pitt campus deadline is mid-December, 2016.
The Ertegun Scholarship funds graduate studies in the humanities at Oxford in a unique setting that fosters dialogue across academic disciplines, cultures, and generations. U.S. citizenship is NOT required. Deadline is January 6, 2017 for philosophy and January 20, 2017 for all other subjects.
The DeKarman Fellowship provides $14,000 for undergraduates and $22,000 for graduate students in any discipline whose scholastic achievements reflect high standards. Special consideration will be given to applicants in the humanities. U.S. citizenship is NOT required. Deadline is January 31, 2017.
Humanity in Action and John Lewis Fellowships Information Session
Wednesday, November 9 @ 12:00 PM on CL 37th Floor Register

The Humanity in Action and John Lewis Fellowships bring international groups of university students and recent graduates together in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris, and Warsaw to explore national histories of discrimination and resistance, as well as examples of issues affecting different minority groups today. Each program is highly interdisciplinary and seeks to highlight different models of action to remedy injustice. Deadline is January 4, 2017.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Free coffee and donuts, Friday September 2, 9-11 am, Cathedral Common Room

Welcome to the 2016-2017 academic year from the Jewish Studies Program!

 Undergraduates and faculty: please join us Friday morning for kosher donuts and coffee, good conversation, some previews of events this year, and library swag! Drop by any time between 9 am and 11 am at our table in the Cathedral of Learning Common Room.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Berlin in the Summer too

The final LBSU application deadline is March 1, 2016.

In addition, we are slightly expanding the subject matter to be covered. Please see below.

We'd greatly appreciate your sharing this information and the attached flyer with your students and placing it in any upcoming bulletins / journals.

LBSU Advanced Program in Jewish Studies, June 30 to August 12, 2016:

Leo Baeck Summer University is an annual, six-week summer program in Jewish studies at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, under the auspices of the Zentrum Jüdische Studien Berlin-Brandenburg (Center for Jewish Studies). The program consists of two modules plus intensive project work and is combined with excursions, lectures, and meetings all related to the academic program.

LBSU focuses on Jewish life in Germany from the 19th to 21st century and its relationship to other Jewish communities worldwide. The first module, Modern German-Jewish History, covers the history of German Jewry from the 18th to the early 20th century and from the Nazi to the post-war period. We are adding a special emphasis in 2016, looking at how Germany's Jewish community has been affected by both the post-Soviet Jewish immigration over the last 25 years, and today's massive influx of Muslim refugees.

Our second module also has new focus in 2016: The South American Dream: European Jews in Latin America. This module intends to integrate Latin America into the greater picture of modern Jewish history.

Throughout the program, students will be introduced to current issues in Jewish life in Germany today.

Advanced undergraduate, master's and doctoral students are encouraged to apply. Upon successful completion of the program students are granted 12 ECTS credits, transferable to home institutions.

Applications must be sent to and include (in PDF format):
1. a resume
2. a brief (500-word) personal statement elaborating on their interest in the program
3. a letter of recommendation sent directly by a professor / instructor to
4. for students who are not native speakers of English, a letter from a professor / instructor attesting to their advanced English language skills
5. for financial aid applicants: a letter from your academic institution affirming your ongoing need for assistance

Thanks to support by the DAAD and the Heinrich Boell Foundation, LBSU will be able to provide financial aid as well as travel subsidies to students with demonstrated need.  The program fee of 2,000 euros covers tuition, student lodging, mass transit within the city of Berlin, group excursions in the Berlin metropolitan area, health insurance and introductory and farewell dinners. We encourage students to discuss tuition assistance / grant possibilities with their home institution.
Please see our flyer, attached, and our website for further information.

Again, thank you in advance for sharing this information with interested students and colleagues.

Kind regards,

Toby Axelrod                                                           
Academic Director, LBSU

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
LBSU Leo Baeck Summer University
Sophienstraße 22a
10178 Berlin

Tel. +49 (30) 2093 66319

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

New Pitt Study Abroad Program in Berlin

The Study Abroad Office at the University of Pittsburgh is offering its new “Pitt in Berlin” program, a semester-long study abroad program in Berlin in the fall of 2016. As a member of the Pitt History Department and former resident of Berlin, Gregor Thum will serve as on-site faculty and instructor of two of the courses offered. In addition to taking courses and studying German, students will get the opportunity to explore Berlin—one of the most fascinating and dynamic cities in Europe today—and to take guided field trips to Dresden, Prague, Wrocław, Krakow, and Auschwitz.

Students in Jewish Studies would be most welcome! For those interested in Jewish life in present-day Berlin/Central Europe, as well as questions related to Holocaust and memory, this program has a lot to offer. The application deadline is January 15, 2016, If you might be interested in spending a semester in Berlin next year or have questions about the program, please contact Professor Thum:  thum [at] pitt [dot] [edu]

Location: Berlin, Germany
Terms offered: Fall
On-site faculty: Gregor Thum, History Department, University of Pittsburgh
Academic Areas: History, Political Science, German, History of Art and Architecture,
Jewish Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, Urban Studies
Dates: Early September to mid December 2016
Estimated costs: In-State $15,999; Out-of-State $23,359
Application deadline: January 15, 2016
For more information: