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:

2017-2018 Academic-Year Grants: Monday, November 27, 2017

2018 Summer Grants: Friday, March 16, 2018

  • 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.

Recent Undergraduate Recipients of TIJS Grants

Catherine Dana, DUS for TIJS, Pauline Wizig, Harrison Bleiberg, Garrett Price, and Tyler Willrich.

In summer 2016, Harrison Bleiberg, Garrett Price, and Tyler Willrich received TIJS grants to participate in the archaeological dig at Tell Halif, Israel, under the supervision of Prof. Oded Borowski.

Pauline Wizig received a summer 2016 TIJS grant to visit archives in the U.S. that hold collections from Jewish emigrants from Nazi Germany as research for her honors project “From Exclusion to Emigration:  The Decision-Making Process for Emigration within German-Jewish Families, 1933-1939.”

(list names, majors, projects, photos from awards reception?)

Recent Graduate Recipients of TIJS Grants

Alyssa Duck, Eric Goldstein (TIJS Director), Oskar Czendze, Matthew Brittingham, Anastasiia Strakhova.

Cory Driver (Ph.D. ’16) received an academic year TIJS grant to support the final two months of his dissertation research on Jewish cemeteries and their Muslim caretakers in Morocco.

An academic year graduate grant helped Oskar Czendze travel to Bloomington, Indiana, to present a paper at the 4th Annual Jewish Studies Graduate Student Association conference. For summer 2016, he received funding to do research at the Center for Jewish History in New York City and to attend the Seminar on Archival and Historical Research.

Matthew Brittingham received a summer grant to study Yiddish at the Vilnius Yiddish Institute in Lithuania.

A summer 2016 grant allowed Alyssa Duck to conduct research at libraries and archives in London to examine the social contexts and audience reception of postwar poetry bearing on the Holocaust.

Anastasiia Strakhova used her summer 2016 student grant to do archival research on the activities of the Am Olam Society in the archives of the former Soviet Union.