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:

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