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Opportunities for Graduate Work in Jewish Studies

Students with a focus on Jewish studies regularly earn their Ph.D. degrees in history, comparative literature, religious studies, and other fields. Applications for doctoral study should be made directly to the appropriate program. Although Ph.D. students are firmly integrated in their respective program settings, they may work with core Jewish studies faculty members in their disciplines, take part in intellectual life of the Tam Institute, and receive financial support from the institute for research and travel activities related to their programs.

Students working in Jewish studies-related fields can expect:

  • the flexibility of working within a disciplinary-based program or department while also enjoying the support of a nationally prominent Jewish studies program
  • close contact with distinguished faculty in your area of focus as well as access to 20 core faculty and 18 associated faculty in Jewish studies
  • resources of a major research university, including significant Judaica library holdings and manuscript collections
  • teaching assistantships, research associateships, and opportunities to teach your own courses, both in Jewish studies and your home department

TIJS is strongly supportive of graduate students in a number of ways. TIJS faculty and students gather regularly for cross-disciplinary exchange through the Faculty-Student Seminar Series in Jewish Studies. Visiting scholars often provide small-group seminars or one-on-one consultations with graduate students. Faculty and students also meet regularly for social events.

Supplemental funding for doctoral students is available through TIJS for a variety of purposes. Particular efforts are made to provide funding for necessary summer language study and research.

Fellowship Opportunities for Ph.D. Work in Jewish Studies

All students accepted to the Graduate Division of Religion are awarded tuition scholarships and competitive fellowship support. The Laney Graduate School regularly awards a number of fellowships through the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies to outstanding Ph.D. applicants in various Jewish studies-related fields. These awards are intended to supplement the doctoral program fellowships that students receive through their home departments. Applicants indicating an interest in Jewish studies will automatically be considered for these awards.

Visit the TIJS Fellowship page for more information.

Graduate Certificate Program in Jewish Studies

The Tam Institute for Jewish Studies (TIJS) coordinates a graduate certificate program providing formal recognition of a Jewish-studies focus for Ph.D. students working in any department of Emory’s Laney Graduate School. The program offers supplemental training in methods and languages; exposure to cross-disciplinary perspectives; funding opportunities for research, study, and travel; and mentoring in the professional culture of Jewish studies. Participants are part of a vibrant intellectual community that brings together students and faculty members from across the university.

Visit the TIJS Certificate page for more information.

Affiliated Doctoral Programs

Doctoral students interested in Jewish Studies pursue research rooted in their home departments and disciplines, including the Department of History; the Department of Anthropology; the Department of Comparative Literature; and the Graduate Division of Religion (GDR). Students in the GDR must also choose a course of study in which to pursue their doctoral work; choices include Jewish Religious Cultures (Jewish texts, culture and ethnography), American Religious Cultures (sociological, historical, theological, and cultural analyses), and the Jewish Interpretive Traditions track in Hebrew Bible. Other Ph.D. programs for Jewish studies-affiliated doctoral students could include Islamic Civilizations Studies and the Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts.

Visit the Laney Graduate School website for a full list of LGS degree programs. Visit these pages for additional information about the Ph.D. programs in Jewish History and Jewish Religious Cultures.

In addition to its many other strengths, Emory boasts the largest concentration of cross-disciplinary specialists in Judeo-Arabic languages, cultures and religions at any university outside Israel. Students with an interest in this field are encouraged to consult with the Director of Graduate Studies of the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies.

Additional Funding Opportunities

Supplemental funding for doctoral students is available through TIJS for a variety of purposes. Particular efforts are made, for instance, to provide funding for necessary summer language study and research. Learn more about some of these opportunities by visiting the Blumenthal Award and Graduate Student Grants pages.

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