Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Halpern Award--deadline extended




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:  Wednesday March 20, 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,

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