Grants to Students for Travel/Research/Language Study

The Tam Institute for Jewish Studies offers grants to support students’ academic endeavors in Jewish Studies beyond regular coursework and classroom activities, including year-long, semester-long, or summer study abroad programs (primarily for undergraduates), off-campus language study (for training beyond what is offered at Emory), research (primarily for theses or Ph.D. dissertations), and travel to attend or present papers at scholarly conferences (primarily for graduate students).

Application Guidelines

  • TIJS will accept grant applications twice every year: In the Fall for academic-year grants and in the Spring for Summer grants. Typically, academic-year support is reserved for graduate students who need assistance with travel and research, but applications from undergraduates will be considered under extraordinary circumstances. Summer grants are regularly awarded to both undergraduates and graduate students. This year’s application deadlines are:

2018-19 Academic-Year Grants: Monday, November 19, 2018

2019 Summer Grants: Friday, March 8, 2019

  • TIJS grants will be awarded to support only academic endeavors related to the field of Jewish Studies (programs in Israel that have no link to Jewish Studies, for example, will not be supported). In general, grants will not be given to support internships unless a compelling case can be made that the internship will directly advance a Jewish Studies-related course of study. Applicants seeking support for an internship related to social ethics and community service should apply for a Boozer-Noether grant from the Center for Ethics.
  • Applications should include a letter outlining the proposed activity, a complete budget (using precise estimates from available travel websites and pricing sources), and a letter of support from the student’s advisor that makes clear the connection between the student’s proposal and the field of Jewish Studies and notes the relevance of the grant support to the student’s academic trajectory.
  • TIJS grants are meant to be supplemental to other sources of support, and in most cases TIJS will not be able to fully fund a proposal. Therefore, all applications must contain as part of the budget a list of all other funding sources to which the applicant is applying or from which they have already received support. If other funding is received by the applicant after a TIJS grant is made, the applicant is required to report this award to TIJS and, in some cases, the grant may be adjusted.
  • Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • In general, academic-year grants will be limited to $750 and summer grants to $1000, although in extraordinary cases a larger grant may be awarded.
  • All Emory students are eligible to apply for support and must be enrolled during the period covered by the grant. Students who are affiliated with TIJS (including undergraduate majors and minors, TIJS Fellows, and participants in the graduate certificate program) or whose work in another department or program has a significant Jewish Studies focus will receive the highest priority for funding.

Successful applicants will be asked to submit a 300-word report on how they used the funds and how the funds helped advance their research or training.

Submit completed applications via email to Dina Rubinstein-Hacham at You may also contact her for additional information and questions.

2018 Undergraduate Recipients of TIJS Grants

  • Bea Conti, C'19, a double major in History and English, received a summer grant from the Jeffrey A. Evans Fund to support archival research in Jerusalem and England to research the Sassoon family and their role within British imperialism and the opium trade.
  • Liza Gellerman, a double major in History and Spanish, received a summer grant from the Waxman Fund to support archival research at the American Jewish Historical Society and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Her research examines the Einsatzgruppen trial of the Nuremberg proceedings and its implications within the field of international law.
  • Jesse Steinman, C'21, received a summer grant from the Waxman Fund to support research at the Centropa Organization in Vienna, Austria, on the history and memory of the Holocaust in Bulgaria.

2018 Graduate Recipients of TIJS Grants

  • Matthew Brittingham, a PhD in the Graduate Division of Religion, received an academic year grant from the Jeffrey A. Evans Fund and a Schatten Grant to support research trips to New York City and Cincinnati, Ohio. His dissertation focuses on the religious lives of Jewish immigrants who lived in New York City, where he will utilize the archives of YIVO, Yeshiva University, and the New York Public Library. In Cincinnati, he will utilize resources at the American Jewish Archives.
  • Collin Cornell, a PhD in the Graduate Division of Religion, received an academic year grant from the Judaic Book Fund to support translation services for his upcoming edited collection of articles on the Israelite God and similar ancient Near Eastern look-alikes.