Thursday, December 19, 2013

Interested in grad school in the humanities at Oxford?

The Ertegun Graduate Scholars application deadlines are 10 January 2014
for Philosophy and 24 January 2014 for all other Humanities subjects.
Disciplines include:
   - Classics (including classical archaeology)
   - English Language and Literature
   - Fine Art (excluding studio art)
   - History (includinghistory of art and the history of architecture)
   - Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics
   - Medieval and Modern Languages (covering most European languages and
   their literature)
   - Music
   - Oriental Studies (including Far Eastern and Middle Eastern Studies,
   and the study of a wide range of languages)
   - Philosophy
   - Theology

For additional information, visit the Program website:  To apply, visit:

Every year, at least twenty full-time graduate students in the
Humanities, chosen from throughout the world in a highly competitive
selection process, enjoy the benefits of this program at the University
of Oxford: payment of all tuition and college fees, a generous living
stipend, and the exclusive use of the Ertegun House.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Friday November 8, 2:00 pm, 208B CL Annual Kristallnacht Commemoration

The University of Pittsburgh

Department of German
Jewish Studies Program

Department of Theatre Arts



The Annual Commemoration of

(The “Night of Broken Glass” on November 9-10, 1938)


Friday, November 8, 2013

2-3:30 pm

Cathedral of Learning 208B



Testimonies of Kristallnacht read by Pitt Students


Lecture by Professor Robert Skloot (University of Wisconsin)


“Kristallnacht as Early Warning: Signs of Genocide”


Related Events:

The University of Pittsburgh is joining with the Holocaust Center of Greater Pittsburgh to present a series of events related to Kristallnacht on campus on November 9-10, including a staged reading of Professor Skloot’s play about Raphael Lemkin and a day-long conference on “The Cultural Arts of the Holocaust.”  For more information, see



Upcoming Deadlines for Fellowships and Other Opportunities

Selected Opportunities from the Honors College's Scholarships Newsletter:
for the full newsletter:

Charles B Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship



The Rangel Program seeks to attract and prepare young people for careers as diplomats in the Foreign Service by providing support for graduate school, professional development, and entry into the U.S. Foreign Service.  Applicants must be seniors or graduates seeking entry to a fall 2014 graduate program and have a 3.2 or higher GPA.  The Program encourages applications from members of groups historically underrepresented in the FS and those with financial need.   US citizenship is required.


Elie Wiesel Foundation Prize in Ethics Essay Contest



The Elie Wiesel Foundation Prize in Ethics recognizes juniors and seniors who can think deeply and critically on matters of ethics.   Applicants compose a 3,000-4,000 word essay that raises questions, singles out issues, and identifies dilemmas of ethics.  A suggested essay topic can be found at the foundation’s website, though applicants are welcome to write on any topic that meets the foundation’s guidelines.  Five prizes of up to $5,000 are awarded each year.  US Citizenship is NOT required. 








The Whitaker Fellowship



The Whitaker International Fellowship sends graduating seniors and recent graduates anywhere outside the U.S. or Canada to conduct research, pursue coursework, intern, and more.  US citizens and permanent residents are eligible.  PLEASE NOTE: there is also an undergraduate-level Whitaker award.  It will be due March 11.  



Humanity In Action



The Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together diverse groups of students and recent graduates to study minority rights and democratic values for four weeks in one of five European cities. 

US citizenship is NOT required. 


G. Alec Stewart Student Achievement Award



The G. Alec Stewart Student Achievement Award, created in memory of the UHC’s founding dean, recognizes juniors who have benefitted from participation in one or more of the UHC’s activities.  Applicants are judged on their academic attainment, as well as their awareness of and concern for those around them.   Please contact Karen Billingsley with any questions about the award. 

PhD fellowships for Graduate Study at Boston U, Brandeis, and Indiana

PhD Fellowships at The Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies at Boston University

Applicants to the PhD programs of the Division of Religious and Theological Studies are encouraged to apply for five-year, fully funded graduate fellowships in Jewish studies. Fellowship support includes all required tuition expenses, health insurance, and a competitive living stipend.
For DRTS program information, see or contact Prof. Jonathan Klawans, Director, at
For fellowship information, contact
Michael Zank, Director, The Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies
147 Bay State Road, Boston, MA 02215, Telephone: (617) 353-8096
Email:  | Website:

Schusterman Graduate Student Fellowships in Israel Studies

Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University offers full and partial fellowships for doctoral candidates focusing on Israel Studies. Eligible disciplines include History, Politics, Sociology, Middle East Studies, Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, and Literature. Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis to students accepted into the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at Brandeis University. Stipend of up to $24,000 per year, renewable for up to five years, plus healthcare benefits.
Join an engaged, diverse & multidisciplinary intellectual community.
Learn more here:
For further info, call 781-736-2154 or email


 Jewish Studies graduate study & funding at Indiana University

The Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program
Announces its 2014-2015 Graduate Fellowship Competition
For Incoming Students

The Borns Family Fellowship
The Glazer Family Fellowship
The Yiddish Graduate Fellowship
The Alice Ginott Cohn, Ph.D. and Theodore Cohn Fellowship

Review of applicants begins: Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Borns Jewish Studies Program offers fellowships for students accepted into a graduate degree program at Indiana University who show clear promise of dedicating themselves seriously to scholarship within one of the core areas of Jewish Studies.  Each fellowship provides a stipend starting at $20,000, plus health insurance, and fee remission which can be tied to multi-year packages.

Application Procedure: Prospective students must apply for admission directly to a graduate degree program (History, Religious Studies, Comparative Literature, Jewish Studies M.A. program, etc.) at Indiana University.  In order to be considered for a Jewish Studies fellowship, applicants to the IU Graduate School should send a copy of their completed Indiana University application and request that 3 letters of recommendation (in Word) be forwarded to<>. Letters & application can also be mailed to:  Professor Shaul Magid, Director of Graduate Studies; Borns Jewish Studies Program; Indiana University; Goodbody Hall 326; 1011 E. Third St.; Bloomington, IN 47405-7005.  Each application will be considered for all relevant fellowship and award opportunities.  Review of 2014-2015 applications will begin on Wednesday, January 15, 2014.

For more information, see our web site:

Monday, October 28, 2013

Nov 1, 12-1:30 pm (food at 11:30), 501 CL: Jeff Halper "An Israeli in Palestine."



FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1,  12 NOON-1:30 PM   501  CL.   Discussion will follow the reading.


         In his book An Israeli in Palestine, from which he will be reading, Halper throws a harsh light on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the point of view of a critical insider.   While the Zionist founders of Israel created a vibrant society, they did so at a high price:  Israel could not maintain its exclusive Jewish character without imposing on the country's Palestinian population policies of ethnic cleansing, occupation and discrimination, expressed most graphically in its ongoing demolition of thousands of Palestinian homes, both inside Israel and in the Occupied Territories. 

                Without dismissing Israel's legitimacy, Halper exposes how Israel is defined by its oppressive relationship to the Palestinians.  Pleading for a aview of Israel as a real, living country which must by necessity evolve and change, Halper asks whether the idea of an ethically-pure 'Jewish State' is still viable, and he offers ways in which Israel can redeem itself. 

Dr. Jeff Halper is the Co-founder and Director of ICAHD, the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions.

He was born in 1946 in Minnesota and emigrated to Israel in 1973. Since then he has been a tireless advocate for justice 

and civil rights for all Israelis and Palestinians. He spent ten years as a community worker in Jerusalem aiding low-income 

Mizrahi families. He co-founded ICAHD in 1997 to help resist Israel’s strategy of house demolitions in the Occupied Palestinian 

Territory. He is the author of three books, 'Between Redemption and Revival: The Jewish Yishuv in Jerusalem in the 

Nineteenth Century', 'An Israeli in Palestine: Resisting Possession, Redeeming Israel', and 

"Obstacles to Peace: A reframing of the Palestinian – Israeli Conflict'.   In 2006 Dr. Halper was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, citing ICAHD's work "to liberate both the Palestinian and the Israeli people from the yoke of structural violence" and "to build equality between their people by recognizing and celebrating their common  humanity."



Weiss-Livnat International MA Program in Holocaust Studies at the University of Haifa.

From: Shlomit Kviti <>
Date: Sun, Oct 27, 2013 at 7:53 AM
Subject: Application and newsletter of MA in Holcoaust Studies, Univ.of Haifa

We are pleased to announce that we have opened our application process for our third cohort of students in the Weiss-Livnat International MA Program in Holocaust Studies at the University of Haifa.


Please see the attached newsletter for a look into the progress of our second year.

Visit our website to learn more of our inter-disciplinary approach to Holocaust Studies, our faculty and students:


We would be grateful if you would pass on this information to students you find suitable for our program.


Should you have any questions, please contact me:




Yael Granot-Bein, PhD.


Strochlitz Institute for Holocaust Studies

University of Haifa, Israel



visit us at:

Monday, October 21, 2013


Start thinking now about Summer 2014.  You can apply for support from the Nationality Rooms for study abroad:

The Nationality Rooms Summer Study Abroad Scholarships have been announced. Awards are available for full-time Pitt students. Information sessions begin October 9, 2013 and end January 8, 2014 (undergraduate students) and January 15, 2014 (graduate students). Deadlines for the scholarships vary. For more information follow this link and to apply click here
If your project is related to Jewish Studies in any way, you can also apply for the Halpern Award.  (The Halpern Award can be used in the US as well as abroad.  If you are using it abroad, it can be used in conjunction with a Nationality Room Scholarship--but the application processes are separate.)
The Halpern Award will pay up to $1000 toward expenses associated with a study abroad experience, a language program, an unpaid internship, or research related to Jewish Studies. Undergraduates who are enrolled in or have completed a Jewish Studies course are eligible. The deadline will be February 2014 for projects in the summer of 2014 or in academic year 2014-2015. For more information contact Adam Shear at


A Boren Awards information session featuring Michael Saffle, a Boren Fellowhsip Program Manager, will be on Wednesday, October 30 at 4:00 pm in 1228 Cathedral of Learning. The Boren Awards are for undergraduate and graduate students and supports the study of less-commonly-taught languages through study abroad. Student interested in the Boren Awards should contact Judy Zang at


There will be a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) scholarship information session on Monday, October 21 at 4:30 pm in 1228 Cathedral of Learning. Dr. Datja Wezel, a DAAD Visiting Assistant Professor in Pitt's History Department, will discuss a variety of DAAD research, study and internship opportunities. Undergraduates, graduate students and faculty are welcome. RSVP to Judy Zang at

Friday, October 11, 2013

Boren Fellowships Information Session


INFORMATION SESSION: ”Boren Awards for International Study”

Michael Saffle, Boren Fellowship Program Manager

4 PM, 1228 Cathedral of Learning

Available for both undergraduates and graduate students, Boren Awards support the study of less-commonly-taught languages through study abroad.  Applicants must demonstrate how their proposal and future goals are connected to a broad understanding of national security, and award winners must agree to a one-year government service requirement.  For more information, a link to the website can be found HERE, or interested students may contact Judy Zang.  The deadline for undergraduate applications in December 2nd.

Sponsored by the European Union Center of Excellence & European Studies Center and the University Honors College

Interested in study opportunities in Germany?


INFORMATION SESSION: DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)

Dr. Katja Wezel, DAAD Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of History

4:30 PM, 1228 Cathedral of Learning

Learn more about DAAD programs for both undergraduates and graduates, and for German speaking and non-German speaking students.  Dr. Wezel will discuss a variety of research, study, and internship DAAD scholarships that can fund up to 2 years of research or graduate study.  For scholarship requirements and deadlines, please reference the DAAD’s website, which also includes information for the summer internship program with RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering).  To R.S.V.P., please email Judy Zang.

Sponsored by the European Union Center of Excellence & European Studies Center and the University Honors College

For graduating seniors: Auschwitz Jewish Center Fellows Program

The application for the Auschwitz Jewish Center Fellows Program is now
available at
. Completed applications must be received by January 18, 2014.

The AJC Fellows Program is a three week study trip for students who are
matriculated in graduate programs or are completing undergraduate degrees
in 2014 in Holocaust studies and related fields. Students of all faiths
and ethnicities with an interest in Holocaust studies, Jewish Studies,
Polish-Jewish history, memory, or human rights are strongly encouraged to
apply. All program costs, including international travel, lodging, room
and board, and materials, are covered.

Since 2000, the AJC Fellows Program has provided a unique educational
opportunity to learn about the Holocaust in situ in the context of
Poland's history and Jewish heritage. It is the goal of the Auschwitz
Jewish Center Fellows Program that Fellows gain not only knowledge of the
Holocaust sites they visit, but also an understanding of the legacy of the
Holocaust in Poland, its effects on collective memory, and complexities
surrounding such categories as victim, bystander, and perpetrator.

After a brief orientation in New York City, the Fellows travel in Poland
for three weeks, during which time they visit Krakow, Warsaw, Lódź,
Treblinka, and Oświęcim (Auschwitz). The Fellows travel to small towns in
the regions surrounding Warsaw and Krakow, as well as through
south-eastern Poland, to explore the area's rich Jewish heritage and meet
with local leaders to learn about pre-war Jewish life, life under the Nazi
occupation and Communism, and the state of Jewish communities and memory
in Poland today.

In Oświęcim, the Fellows attend an intensive program at the
Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum where they tour the camps, study the
history of Jewish, Roma, and Polish inmates, and take part in workshops
with Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum staff on the collections and
education departments. While in Oswiecim, the Fellows may have the
opportunity to meet European students and observe educational workshops at
the Auschwitz Jewish Center.

Upon returning home, each Fellow will complete an article for the
Auschwitz Jewish Center E-Newsletter and an essay reflecting on his or her
         Shiri B. Sandler
U.S. Director, Auschwitz Jewish Center
Museum of Jewish Heritage
A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
New York, NY
Visit the website at


Thursday, October 10, 2013

Spring Community Based Research Fellowship through the Honors College

The Honors College is accepting applications for the Spring Community Based Research Fellowship.

The Community-Based Research Fellowship Program supports University of Pittsburgh undergraduate students while they are conducting community-based research projects. Research projects must investigate an issue in the local community. Undergraduate students from across schools and disciplines are encouraged to apply.

The Fellowship awards a stipend of $800 for a semester; in addition, it requires the Fellows to participate in bi-weekly interdisciplinary seminars during the semester in which Fellows will report on their research progress and reflect on how different disciplines enact social change. Fellows must also prepare a final report for the University Honors College, their faculty mentor, and a community partner that details their research efforts and their findings.

The application deadline is November 15th. Please refer to this page ( for more details. To see information about the current 2013 Fall Fellows go to

Ryan Gayman

Honors College Advisor

Academic Community Engagement

University of Pittsburgh

3510 Cathedral of Learning

Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Study Jewish Studies in Stockholm for a year

Fellowships in Jewish Studies 2014/2015

  Explore the plurality of Jewish Civilizations!

  The Paideia One Year Jewish Studies Program offers a unique international
 Jewish studies experience

 during eight months in Stockholm with the possibility of completing a 120
 ECTS Master in Jewish Civilizations

 at the Hochschule für Jüdische Studien Heidelberg.

 Experience 8 months in Stockholm of:

 * Academic studies of Jewish text and culture
 * World-renowned faculty from Israeli and European universities
 * Interactive text studies using the Hevruta method of studying in
 * Applied project work and individual research projects
 * Networking in an open, international and pluralistic European
 * Hebrew Ulpan on three levels, six hours per week
 * Optional second year of studies at the HfJS in Heidelberg
 * Follow-up programs and Alumni conferences

 Grants for tuition and living expenses are available.

  Deadline January 15, 2014
 For more information visit

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Sunday October 20: Brunch and Learn with Sarah Benor: Do American Jews Speak a Jewish Language?







Do American Jews have a distinctive way of speaking?  If so, is it a Jewish language? 

And just what is a Jewish language?


presented by:



Associate Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies at Hebrew Union College-Los Angeles

Adjunct Associate Professor of Linguistics, University of Southern California

Author of Becoming Frum: How Newcomers Learn the Language and Culture of Orthodox Judaism

 (Rutgers University Press, 2012)

Founder and Editor of the Jewish Language Research Website, the Jewish English Lexicon,

and the Journal of Jewish Languages.



Sunday, October 20, 2013, 11 am-12 noon 

1500 Posvar Hall, on Schenley Plaza

(Free Parking on Sunday mornings around the Plaza)


Join us for coffee, tea, and light breakfast before the talk at 10:45 am.



For more information and to stay in touch:


 “like” on Facebook: pittjewishstudies

“follow” on Twitter:  @PittJSP


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Nationality Rooms Scholarships: Start Planning Now for Next Summer


Announces the 2014 awards available to University of Pittsburgh full

time students


Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident

Be a current full-time student on a University of Pittsburgh campus for the fall and spring terms prior to study abroad

Must be enrolled and on campus as a full-time student for the fall and spring terms immediately following the study abroad

Proposed study abroad must relate to career goals

Foreign language skills

Minimum stay of five weeks in one country or region during the summer term


Have a GPA of at least 3.0

Must have at least 60 credits by the end of April 2013 (current sophomore or junior)

Propose a career-related, credit-worthy study abroad program or internship

For independent research proposal, must speak with the Scholarship Administrator

All proposed undertakings must receive credits


Propose a career-related, credit-worthy internship or independent research study

Information Sessions begin: October 2, 2013 (Complete schedule is in the Nationality Rooms and the

Study Abroad website)

Final session: January 8, 2014 for Undergraduates

Final session: January 15, 2014 for Graduates

Submission deadlines

January 9, 2014

January 23, 2014

For more details, inquire at the Nationality Rooms Programs office, 1209 Cathedral of Learning

Phone: 412.624.6150 Scholarship Administrator: Cristina Lagnese ,

Visit the scholarship website:

and for online applications at

Two Nations and Three Religions in Israel and Palestine

“Two Nations and Three Religions in Israel and Palestine
A Programme Delivered by Israeli and Palestinian Academics
Israel, 29th December, 2013 - 10th January, 2014

Dear Ms. Henderson,

Israeli and Palestinian peace activists strongly believe that involving the public in the peace-making process is a crucial step in creating the social conditions for peace.
This initiative, implemented by NGO “Minds of Peace”, and more will be examined and discussed in depth during the Galilee Institute special programme: “Two Nations and Three Religions in Israel and Palestine”.

Registration for the upcoming winter programme is now open!
The programme - intended for students and professionals interested in the Middle East - aims to provide first hand exposure to various aspects regarding the Israeli and Palestinian society, history and relations. Through classroom lectures and study tours led by Israeli and Palestinian Academics, the participants will gain a rich and deep insight as to the current reality

A limited number of *tuition scholarships will be available to qualified candidates.

We would appreciate you bringing this programme to the attention of the students at your university. There will also be a Summer Programme “Political Science and Israeli-Palestinians Conflict” in July 2014. Students who are interested in either programmes should contact the Programme Director, Mrs. Nirit Yardeni-Drori at: 

Sincerely yours,
Dr. Joseph Shevel, President
Galilee International Management Institute

*This does not include the airfare to and from Israel and the living expenses while the participant is in Israel, which are to be covered by the candidate or sponsor.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Pitt students and Egyptian Students in conversation on 9/11

Pitt students talking with Egyptian Students on 9/11
11 AM
3431 WWPH

Egypt dialogue series

Wednesday 9/11/13

Discussion Topic: The New Wave of Revolts

Did you ever wonder what it was like to live through a revolution?

This is your chance to learn first-hand. Pitt students will discuss the topic of the new wave of world revolts with peers at American University in Cairo (AUC). Other topics on the table include:  politics, economics, revolutions, religion, terrorism, American foreign policy, women’s rights, occupation, sharia law and more. The Egyptian students are enrolled in an interdisciplinary global issues course at AUC.

Each session facilitated by Dr. Riham Bahi, AUC and Dr. Roger Rouse, Pitt, will have a political/societal focus, and a suggested short list of articles to read prior to event is found at Come prepared to engage!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Distance-Learning MA Program in Berlin "Intellectual Encounters of the Islamicate World"

If you just graduated and are looking for something to do, act fast:
(or think about 2014-2015)
Extended Deadline for applications until 30 August 2013
MA “Intellectual Encounters of the Islamicate World”
With this call, Freie Universität Berlin invites qualified candidates to apply for the newly established blended-learning MA program "Intellectual Encounters of the Islamicate World" starting in the academic year 2013-14.

The overall goal of the one-year degree program is to provide its international graduate students with a thorough understanding of the deep and manifold interconnections between Muslim, Jewish and Christian intellectual output during Medieval times. The students will acquire expertise in a broad spectrum of aspects of the Islamicate world, such as rational theology, philosophy, logic, exegesis, mysticism, law and legal methodology as well as material culture and social history. Emphasis will be placed on primary texts in the original language (Arabic). The English-spoken MA program includes three actual classroom meetings during the academic year (the Introductory Week as well as two colloquia at different locations) during which the students and teachers will come together for discussion, teaching and examination. There is no tuition fee.

Entry requirements

·         Above average university degree

·         240 credit points according to ECTS, with a minimum of 80 credit

points in one or more of the following:, Arabic, Islamic Studies, Jewish Studies, Religious Studies and/or Philosophy

·         Language proficiency in English and Arabic (both C 1 according to

Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)



All students will receive funding for covering travel and accommodation costs for the face-to-face sessions.


For more information on the MA program, please refer to the website



Dr. Katja Jung, Managing Director

Freie Universität Berlin, Institute of Islamic Studies Research Unit Intellectual History of the Islamicate World Altensteinstr. 40, 14195 Berlin

Phone: +49 (0)30 838 51068;





Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Fall or Spring Internships available at Rauh Jewish Archives at Heinz History Center

Rauh Jewish Archives Internships
Fall 2013 or Spring 2014

 The Rauh Jewish Archives collects, preserves, and makes accessible materials related to Jewish life in western Pennsylvania.  The RJA is part of the Detre Library and Archives of the Heinz History Center.

Positions are open for interns who want the experience of working in an archives and learning what archivists do. The intern should be able to be on site at least six hours/week, with nine hours/week preferred. 

The internship offers hands-on involvement in archival activities, such as the following:
·         Research and writing
·         Digitization of documents and photographs and the creation of metadata
·         Assisting in the processing of a collection
·         Transcription of oral histories

A writing sample is required. 

To apply or for more information, contact:

Susan Melnick
Archivist, Rauh Jewish Archives


Academic credit through the Jewish Studies 1900 Internship can be arranged.
2 credits for 6 hours/week; 3 credits for 9 hour/week.  If interested in arranging academic credit, contact Jason von Ehrenkrook, JS Certificate Coordinator,  For more information on the JS 1900 Internship, see

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Fall Courses and Spring Courses

One more note on Fall courses:  We strongly encourage Jewish Studies Certificate students or prospective Certificate students to enroll in one of the 1000-level courses this fall (Fall semester 2013/term 2141).  You need 2 1000-level JS courses for the certificate.   Due to faculty leaves and course reductions for research in the spring term, we will have very few 1000-level courses available.  So if you are trying to finish a JS certificate in AY 13-14, we recommend making room in your schedule for at least one 1000-level course in the fall.