Friday, February 26, 2010

Three Opportunities for Graduate Study in Jewish Studies in England or Israel

Warning: Long Posting.

The summary:

University of Southhampton for modern Jewish history.
Brasenose College, Oxford, for early modern or modern Jewish history.
3 universities in Israel, for ancient Jewish history.

If you are interested in pursuing graduate study in Jewish studies (in one of these programs or somewhere else), please feel free to come speak to me (Adam Shear, ex-DUS).

Archival Research Studentship. Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/Non-Jewish Relations, University of Southampton
The University of Southampton annually offers a three-year postgraduate studentship for research leading to the degree of M.Phil. or Ph.D. in any field for which its major archival and special research collections holdings are of importance and appropriate supervision is available.
The archival holdings in question comprise the papers of the first Duke of Wellington; the third Viscount Palmerston; and Earl Mountbatten of Burma; with their related deposits, and the archival resources of the Parkes Library, which include the Anglo-Jewish archive, the Parkes papers, the papers of the Council of Christians and Jews, the papers of the Institute of Jewish Affairs, and the Jewish Chronicle. In addition there are significant Music collections, particularly of historical recordings.
The studentship is tenable for a maximum of three years at an annual stipend of around £12,000. The University will waive postgraduate tuition fees at the UK/EU rate, and there will be an allowance of up to £600 p.a. for research travel and expenses. Overseas applicants are also encouraged to apply for an ORS award to meet the difference between UK/EU and Overseas fees levels. ( )
Applicants would ordinarily possess at least a good second-class honours degree or its equivalent in an appropriate subject (normally History, Politics, Music, Sociology or a related discipline) and have undertaken or be currently undertaking a Masters degree in a relevant subject.
Before submitting an application, it is advisable to ascertain that the proposed topic of research is suitable and that supervision can be provided, by writing to the postgraduate co-ordinator of the relevant department.
How to apply for the archive studentship
The competition is open only to candidates who are currently applying for (or who already hold) a place on the MPhil/PhD programme at the University of Southampton. The final deadline for applications is 5 March 2010. Interviews for the studentship may be held in April. Successful candidates will be informed of the outcome in August. Candidates will be ranked according to both their research potential and the centrality of the University's archival and special research holdings to their research project. Candidates are required to apply for all other suitable sources of funding for which they are eligible, most obviously AHRC doctoral awards and ESRC `+3 studentships'. Studentships are initially awarded for one year; renewal for a second and third year is conditional on evidence of academic progress. The studentship will normally not be renewed once the holder has exceeded three years full-time registration (or equivalent). Successful applicants are reminded that it is a condition of the award that they continue to submit applications (where eligible) for AHRC/ESRC research studentships of similar value.
All applicants are encouraged to discuss their proposals with discipline research co-ordinators and supervisors prior to application.
Please direct any inquiries, or send completed applications to:
History PGR Co-ordinator
School of Humanities
The University of Southampton
Southampton SO17 1BJ
More information available at:
Albert and Rachel Lehmann
Graduate Studentship in Jewish History and Culture
in association with Brasenose College
If a suitable candidate presents him or herself, an election will be made to the Lehmann Studentship in Jewish History and Culture with effect from 1 October 2010.
The studentship comprises the equivalent of the university and college fee for up to three years (at either the UK/EU or overseas rate) and a maintenance grant of approximately £13,000 per annum. The award is tenable for one year in the first instance, renewable for up to a maximum of two further years subject to receipt of a satisfactory report from the supervisor. The award will be under the auspices of the Oxford University Hebrew and Jewish Studies Unit. The award is intended for any postgraduate student pursuing doctoral research in early modern or modern western/central European Jewish history and /or culture. Candidates must have obtained at least an upper second class degree or its equivalent in a relevant field of study. Enquiries regarding eligibility to apply may be addressed to Dr Joanna Weinberg, e-mail
Preferential consideration for accommodation at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies at Yarnton Manor will be given to the successful candidate. (See
Applications must include: (a) the course and faculty to which the candidate has applied for postgraduate study; (b) a brief statement of the academic career, including attainments and qualifications; (c) a brief statement of research interests; (d) the names of two referees (please see below); and (e) a statement of any other emoluments held or being applied for by the candidate.
All applications will be considered on their merits by a panel of representatives from the Hebrew and Jewish Studies Unit in the Faculty of Oriental Studies and Brasenose College.
Applications should be received by Charlotte Vinnicombe of the Unit for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, The Oriental Institute, Pusey Lane, Oxford OX1 2LE, e-mail no later than 12th March 2010. Applicants should ask their referees to supply confidential references by the same date.
A separate application to the University for a place for doctoral study is required, and the award would be subject to an offer of a place from Brasenose College. Please see www.admin.ox.
Jewish Culture in the Ancient World
Call for Candidates: PhD and postdoctoral students

A new research program on "Jewish Culture in the Ancient World" has been founded by the Humanities Fund, Yad Hanadiv and the Israel Council of Higher Education. The program Studies will run for three years at Haifa, Tel-Aviv and Bar-Ilan Universities, starting October 2010.

Students who join the program will be enrolled in one of the three universities and directly supervised by one of the program members, but will also have the unique opportunity to benefit from the knowledge and mentorship of the other participants, coming from a variety of related fields. The students will also take part in program seminars and workshops that will acquaint them with current trends in the study of ancient Jewish culture and ancient history in general. The program will hold a workshop every year with the participation of leading scholars from abroad. Students will be encouraged to study ancient languages and adopt comparative issues as their dissertation topics. Seminars will be conducted in English, but the students are expected to master the Hebrew language in sufficient level to undertake their university courses in Hebrew.

The program offers scholarships (60,000 NIS per year, over three years) for three PhD students, one at each university. Scholarships will also be given to a limited number of potential MA and postdoctoral students, who are encouraged to apply. The program's main focus, however, is on PhD-level research. Students who join the program will be expected to finish their PhD by the end of the three year period of scholarship or soon thereafter.

Program members: Prof. Albert Baumgarten (Bar-Ilan), Dr. Jonathan Ben-Dov (Haifa), Prof. Gideon Bohak (Tel-Aviv), Dr. Sylvie Honigman (Tel-Aviv), Prof. Aryeh Kofsky (Haifa), Dr. Hillel Newman (Haifa), Prof. Adiel Schremer (Bar-Ilan)

Closing date
The closing date for sending applications is 15 April 2010. Admissions will be announced by 13 May 2010.

For further information on the programme and how to apply, please visit the following website:

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

A Performance by Rabbi Alysa Stanton

Rabbi Stanton is America's first African American, female Rabbi. Learn about her life, the challences she has faced and how she overcame them to become a successful spiritual and motivational leader.

Date: Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Place: William Pitt Union Ballroom

Monday, February 22, 2010

Nonprofit Career Fair

The message below is from Jillian Lucas in Career Services:

.ORG a Nonprofit Career Fair!

Are you looking for a job or internship in the non profit sector? If so, this is the event for you! Job seekers can distribute resumes and speak with organizational representatives about current and future employment and internship opportunities in the nonprofit sector.

Organizations that are coming:

Thursday, February 25, 2010


Duquesne University: Student Union

There is no admission fee for job-seekers. Pre-registration is not required but is preferred. Please register at FutureLinks via your Pitt portal.

Transportation: Port Authority buses

To Downtown- pick up at Forbes and Atwood. Any 61, 71, or 500.

From Downtown- pick up at Forbes and McAntulty. Any 61, 71, or 500.

Jillian Lucas, M.A., NCC

Career Consultant

224 William Pitt Union

University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA 15260


Career Fair

This Message is from the Office of Student Employment and Placement Assistance:

On behalf of the Office of Student Employment and Placement Assistance (SEPA), we thank you for your support and assistance promoting beneficial events that prepare our students for internships and careers. We are requesting your assistance one last time this semester promoting the rescheduled University of Pittsburgh Spring 2010 Career Fair this coming Monday March 1 and Tuesday, March 2.

March 1 will be for students with a technical background including engineering, computer, and information sciences. March 2 will be for students with a nontechnical backgrounds including business, arts, sciences, and health sciences. The vast majority of our employers have agreed to attend the rescheduled dates and are very eager to meet with Pitt students.

Please feel free to contact our office for marketing materials and/or more information about the career fair....Thank you once again for all your support this academic year with our events, including Career Kickoffs and Career Fairs.


Monica Varela

Special Events and Marketing Coordinator l University of Pittsburgh l Office of Student Employment and Placement Assistance

Phone: 412-648-7135 l Email: l 200 William Pitt Union l Pittsburgh, PA 15260 l

University of Pittsburgh Spring 2010 Career Fair March 1 (Technical Day) and March 2 (Non-Technical Day)

Fan "University of Pittsburgh SEPA" on Facebook

Follow Pitt SEPA through Twitter:

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Advising Sessions for All Religious Studies Majors

Group advising sessions for all Religious Studies majors will be held in the Cathedral of Learning room 2628 at the following times:

February 22 (Monday): 12:00 to 1:00
February 23 (Tuesday): 2:30 to 3:30
February 24 (Wednesday): 12:00 to 1:00

Please fill out a checklist for majors in advance and bring it with you to one of the above advising sessions. The checklist is available online at

If you do not remember the exact course number or your grade while completing the form, please look it up in your degree progress report online.

So you can start registering for classes as soon as your self-enrollment window opens, I will remove the advising hold for everyone who submits a completed checklist at a group session.

If for some reason you cannot attend any of the above sessions or would like to meet with me individually after attending one of the advising sessions, I will put a sign-up sheet next to my office door (CL 2610) after 1 March so you can schedule an appointment.

At the advising session, you will be able to see the courses being offered in the 2010 fall term (2111). You will also be able to discuss classes with other majors and to learn from each other.

You may just show up to any session, but so I will know approximately how many people will attend each session, please send me an email message with just the day you plan to attend on the subject line.

Finally, because religious studies is a nurturing department, I will provide some light snacks.

I look forward to seeing you. ---Clark Chilson

Undergraduate Research

The University of Pittsburgh will select 3 undergraduate students to participate in
Undergraduate Research at the Capitol, a poster conference in Harrisburg, PA,
on Tuesday, 23 March 2010. All expenses will be covered for the 3 Pitt students chosen to
participate. All participants are from universities and colleges in the Commonwealth.

Date: Tuesday, 23 March 2010
(This will be a day trip only, leaving Pittsburgh about 5am and returning by 9pm.)
Location: East Wing Rotunda, Capitol Building, Harrisburg
Time: 8:00am – 4:00pm
Activities: Poster Session, Recognition in the House Chamber, Meetings with
Legislators from your home or institution district.
Poster Size: 4-feet wide by 3-feet tall; a template will be provided.

To be considered for participation, submit the requested information in a MS-Word file to Dr.
Lisa Miller ( by Tuesday, 2 March 2010, 5:00pm.

Students selected will be notified on Wednesday, 3 March, 2010, and will work with Dr. Miller
to revise (if necessary) their materials for submission to the conference by Friday, 5 March

Interested students are encouraged to contact Dr. Miller immediately, even if their abstract
and contact information are not yet prepared, to let her know the information will soon follow.

Abstract Format
Title (All CAPITAL letters, no italics except for foreign words):
Name of Student Author(s):
Name of Faculty Author(s):
Name of Faculty Advisor/Mentor(s):
Research Sponsor (if different from Institution):
Abstract (150-200 words, all in sentences, no bold or underline, no
references, no italics except for foreign words):

Student Authors
Institution Name:
(repeat above two lines as necessary)

Faculty Authors
Email Address:
(repeat above three lines as necessary)
Faculty Advisor/Mentor(s):
Email Address:

Contact Information
(for each student attending)
Email Address:
Permanent Address (including zip code):
Campus Mailing Address:
Academic Major:
Year of Study:
Special Needs:
Institution Name:

(If appropriate, leave sections blank.)

Monday, February 15, 2010

A Message from School of A&S about Summer Sessions

Catch up. Stay on track. Or, graduate early—it’s all within your reach when you register for summer sessions 2010. Whether you’re finishing your first term at Pitt or looking forward to graduation, summer sessions provide a unique opportunity to catch up on needed credits, stay on track to graduate in four years, or get ahead of schedule. With more than 500 course offerings, summer sessions classes help you reach your educational goals no matter where you are in your academic career. Summer sessions also provide a wonderful opportunity to sign up for internships and research projects.

· Seniors: complete those final general education or major requirements you need to graduate during flexible day and evening hours.

· Juniors: concentrate on a wide variety of upper division courses in your major throughout the 4-, 6-, 12-week, or full term sessions that fit around your summer job, internship, or family vacation.

· Sophomores: finish prerequisite classes or explore subjects in your major.

· Freshmen: explore a special area of interest while fulfilling core requirements without the pressure of a full class load.

New This Year - Special Tuition Assistance Awards!The School of Arts and Sciences will offer up to 200 $100 special tuition assistance awards for qualified Arts and Sciences undergraduate students who register for 12 or more credits during summer sessions. Visit for guideline information.

On Campus Housing On campus housing is available in Litchfield Towers C for all undergraduate students taking summer courses at the University of Pittsburgh. For more information, and to complete a housing application and contract, please visit Panther Central or download the Housing information packet (PDF), Housing application (PDF) and Housing contract (PDF)

Summer sessions 2010 registration opens on February 22. Find out more at

Pitt in China Information Session

Information Session--Pitt in China
4:00p.m.- Monday, February 22 12:00p.m.
Study Abroad Office - 802 WPU

Want to spend six weeks this summer in an exciting metropolis in the heart of China--with no previous Chinese language study required?

Come to an information session to learn about one of our most popular programs year after year: Pitt in China!

Information sessions will be held at the following times:

Thursday, 18 February @ 4:00pm
Friday, 19 February @ 3:00pm
Monday, 22 February @ 11:00am

All three sessions will be held at the Study Abroad Office, 802 WPU. No sign-up is required, so feel free to simply show up at any session.

REMEMBER: It's not too late to apply for summer 2010! The application deadline is 5 March 2010.
Audience: Undergraduate students
Cost: Free
Sponsored by: Asian Studies Center, Study Abroad Office
For more information, contact Ben Pilcher - 412-383-7165

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Buddhism in China Program

*2nd Annual Buddhism in China Program: **2010 **Huayan Buddhism and Mount
Wutai and the Datong Grottos*

July 1 through July 22, 2010

Application deadline: April 30, 2010

30 Participants

Sponsored by the Woodenfish Project and in collaboration with faculty
of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, the Buddhism in
China program offers graduate students the opportunity for direct and
intensive engagement with important historical centers of East Asian
Buddhism in Jiangsu, Beijing, and Shanxi, including Mount Wutai and
the Datong grottos. Through regular seminars conducted by scholars of
East Asian Buddhism specializing in the field of Huayan Buddhism and
guided tours of temples, archeological sites, and other historical
locations, participants will study the history and culture of Buddhism
in China. Special attention will also be given to introducing
participants to potential sources and avenues for research and to
promoting interaction with Chinese scholars.

Eligible applicants will be graduate students currently enrolled in MA
or PhD programs in Western universities who have primary research
interests in Chinese Buddhism or related fields (e.g., Buddhism in
other Asian nations, other Chinese religious traditions, Asian
philosophy, Buddhist art history, Chinese history, etc.). Faculty are
also welcome and encouraged to participate. While proficiency in
spoken and written Chinese is desirable, it is not a necessary
condition for eligibility for participation in the program. Seminars
and site introductions will be given in Mandarin Chinese and
interpreted into English by bilingual scholars, thus allowing full
accessibility for all participants regardless of language
background. For participants with proficiency in Mandarin, the program
is also designed to provide opportunity for language exercise in
sustained academic interaction with Chinese scholars and graduate

Housing, meals, (breakfast and lunch – participants will be free for
dinner arrangements), bus transportation, and tuition within China are
funded by a scholarship from the Woodenfish Project in association
with Foguang Shan and will be provided to participants for the
duration of the program. Participants, both the graduates students
and the faculty, are responsible for their own international airfare
and domestic train travel within China.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with admission
determined within one or two weeks after submission of
application. Applications will be accepted until the final deadline of
April 30, 2010. However, as only 30 individuals (including both
students and faculty) will be admitted to the 2010 program, applicants
are highly encouraged to apply early in order to improve the
likelihood of their admission.

For further information and application form, please visit

Student inquiries and applications may be sent by e-mail to Geoffrey
Goble, program coordinator, at

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Women's Association of Pitt Scholarship

Women's Association of Pitt continues to offer
scholarships of up to $3,000.00 for students with a sophomore or more
standing, QPA of 2.5 or better and have had an interruption of at least 3
years in their college education. Applications are due March 15, 2010.

For more details, please write to the Women's Association
Scholarship Chair, Jackie Cain ( )

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Summer Internship Opportunity in Warsaw, Poland

1 - July 31, 2010) in ENGLISH.

The summer internship program is organized by Collegium Civitas in Warsaw,
Poland includes 25-30 hours of internship per week, academic and internship
seminar and a Polish language course.

The program offers a unique opportunity for a limited number of students to
undertake full-time summer professional internships in various public and
non-profit organizations in Warsaw, Poland that focus, among others, on:

- Jewish history, Arts, & Culture,

- Human Rights, Migration, Refugees,

- European Integration, International Politics, Diplomacy

- Government, Legal and Constitutional Affairs

- Media, Media Advertising, Journalism

- Civil Society and Local Community Development, Civic Education,

- Public health, humanitarianism

- Economics, Business, Finance

- Quantitative Research and Statistics

- Environment

Graduate and undergraduate students can apply. Civitas summer internship
program has a rolling admission and interested applicants are invited to
submit their applications to the program anytime until April 10, 2010.
Application forms and requested documents.

Inquiries about the program can be directed to Olena Tregub, Executive
Director, Global Educational Leadership, at or tel. 646 670 6089. For more
information about the program, application form and costs click here

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Opportunities to Study Tibetan Culture and Buddhism

*Tibetan Studies in Amdo*
Alabama in the Himalayas with Jonang Foundation: Tibetan History and Cultural Studies in China

A Collaborative Educational Program of the University of Alabama and Jonang Foundation

In the Amdo Region of Eastern Tibet, Sichuan Province, P.R.C.

June 03-26, 2010

*Program website:

The Program:
The program, Alabama in the Himalayas with Jonang Foundation: Tibetan History and Cultural Studies in China, is designed to take undergraduate (B.A.) and graduate (M.A./Ph.D.) students to the Amdo cultural domain of far eastern Tibet [Sichuan Province, P.R.C.]. In addition to the rigorous academic study program, students will engage in cultural heritage site documentation and carry out field research in a fascinating region of the Tibetan world.

The program consists of 2 courses for a total of 6 academic credits [transferable to any college or university]: (1) a lecture series by faculty and guest lecturers at monasteries and select places of importance on Tibetan history, religious thought and practice, and culture; and (2) a group multimedia field research project at designated sites, digitally documenting Tibetan sacred space and cultural practices.

Courses are:

(1) "Tibetan History, Culture, Religion" [3 credits]
(2) "Documenting Tibetan Sacred Space" [3 credits]

Amy Holmes-Tagchungdarpa, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the University of Alabama. She has travelled and lived in different parts of Asia for over 10 years, and speaks Chinese and Tibetan.

Lama Kalzang Dorjee Bhutia is an Instructor at the University of Alabama. He completed graduate studies in Buddhist studies and philosophy, history and law at the University of Delhi, India. Lama Kalzang is originally from Sikkim, a Tibetan cultural area in the Indian Himalayas, where he was raised in a Buddhist family lineage. He speaks several dialects of Tibetan.

Michael R. Sheehy, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of Jonang Foundation and Senior Editor at the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center in the city of New York. He lived in a Buddhist monastery in Amdo for 3 years where he studied with Tibetan Buddhist masters. He teaches courses on Tibetan religion, Himalayan visual culture, and Buddhist philosophy at The New School. He is fluent in Amdo dialects of Tibetan.

Application & Costs:
Spaces are limited to 12 students so applicants are encouraged to apply early. If space remains available, late applications will be considered.

The total cost of the program is: $3,900.00. Please contact us about making progressive payments based on availability and timing. Cost does not include international airfare.

For all general inquiries about the program, contact the faculty, Program Coordinator Michael Sheehy [] or Program Director Amy Holmes-Tagchungdarpa [].

For specific logistical information regarding travel arrangements, contact Angela Channell [ or call (205) 348-5256], Director of Overseas Study, Capstone International Academic Programs, University of Alabama.

***See the program webpage for course descriptions, program itinerary, application instructions, cost breakdowns, and payment schedule. []

Emory University's summer study abroad program in Dharamsala, "Tibetan Mind/Body Sciences."

This program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to join the
emerging dialogue between the Tibetan Buddhist tradition of the inner
science of the mind and the modern scientific tradition of the study
of the external world. Participants on this program engage in an
exciting experiment in cross-cultural collaboration that has the
potential to lead to breakthroughs in a variety of fields. Students
will have the opportunity to learn from some of the best teachers in
the western and Tibetan traditions, while actively engaging in
dialogue with Tibetan monks and nuns who will be studying
neuroscience, biology, and physics in the month-long Emory-Tibet
Science Initiative. Students receive credit for two courses: "Mind,
Body and Medicine" and "Culture of Buddhist Tibet."

The program takes place in Dharamsala, the heard of the Tibetan exile
community in India. No prior knowledge of Tibetan is required.

Program Information and Details:

A Video on the Program can be viewed here:

More information on the Emory-Tibet Partnership can be found at:

Friday, February 05, 2010

Opportunity to Study at Taiwanese Monastery

From Dr. Yifa:

It is my pleasure to announce the Woodenfish Project’s 9th year of the
Humanistic Buddhist Monastic Life Program (HBMLP). Over the past eight
years, the Woodenfish Project has offered undergraduate and graduate
students the rare opportunity to extend their learning beyond the
classroom, by experiencing monastic life at Fo Guang Shan monastery in Taiwan.

Since 2002, I have watched this program evolve and become a central
element of maturation for all of the participants. Dozens of Woodenfish alumni
have continued on to pursue graduate studies in related fields. It has truly been
a life changing experience for us all. In order to continue the
success of this program, please extend this rare opportunity to your students by
advertising this year’s program at your college or university. Those
with an emphasis in the fields of Buddhism and Chinese culture or language are
strongly encouraged to apply.

This year’s year program will consist of *100 participants* and there
will be rolling admissions process, with a final application deadline of
April 15, 2010. Please direct interested students to our website,
, to find detailed information.
[Further information also given below.]

Warm Regards,

Venerable Dr. Yifa (Ph.D. from Yale)
Founder, Woodenfish Project

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