Friday, December 7, 2012

Halpern Award First Call for Applications


for Undergraduate Jewish Studies students at the University of Pittsburgh
funded by the Ethel M. Halpern Endowed Fund for Students.

APPLICATIONS DUE: Monday February 25, 2013, 4 pm.
Undergraduate students are invited to apply for funding for any of the following purposes:
• travel or living expenses associated with a study abroad experience involving Jewish studies;
• travel or living expenses associated with participation in a summer language program in Hebrew, Yiddish, or another language relevant to Jewish studies;
• travel or living expenses associated with participation in an unpaid internship program connected to Jewish studies;
• travel expenses related to other study or research in Jewish studies;
• purchase of books or other materials related to research in Jewish studies.

Awards of up to $1000 each will be made for projects in the Summer of 2013 or during Academic Year 2013-2014. Halpern Awards may be held in conjunction with other University and external funding in cases where the project costs exceed $1000.

The following application materials must be received in the Jewish Studies office, 2604 Cathedral of Learning, by 4 pm, Monday February 25, 2013: IN HARD COPY
• a cover sheet with the following information: the student’s name, preferred mailing address, telephone number, Pitt e-mail address, a title for their project, and a brief (2-3 sentence) description of the proposed activities
• a statement of purpose (2-3 double-spaced pages) explaining the proposed activities in greater detail and how the activities will further the student’s undergraduate studies;
• a detailed budget of all anticipated expenses related to the proposed activities, including a list of other aid applied for, and a statement of the amount (up to $1000) requested from the Halpern Fund
• an academic advisement transcript from Pitt and official transcripts from any previous undergraduate institutions;
• a letter of recommendation from a Pitt faculty member familiar with the student’s academic work
• Full-time undergraduates in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.
• Have completed or be currently enrolled in at least one Jewish studies class (including Hebrew language) at the University of Pittsburgh.

For any questions about the award, please contact: Adam Shear, Director, Jewish Studies, ashear[at]

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