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TIJS Grants to Students for
Travel / Research / Language Study

Academic Year 2016-2017 and Summer 2017

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 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:

    2016-2017 Academic-Year Grants: Monday, November 14, 2016
    2017 Summer Grants: Friday, March 17, 2017

  • TIJS grants will only be awarded to support 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 preciseestimates 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 Mary Jo Duncanson, TIJS graduate coordinator, at mdunca2@emory.edu. You may also contact her for additional information and questions.


Previous Graduate Student Awardees

Summer 2017

Collin Cornell, Graduate Division of Religion
Traveling to Berlin to co-present a paper with Brent Strawn at the international meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature

Keenan Davis, Graduate Division of Religion
Attending the Oxford Summer Institute on Modern and Contemporary Judaism, with a focus on Judaism and technology

Anastasiia Strakhova, History
Traveling to Ukraine (Kiev and Odessa) and to Israel (Tel Aviv) to do research in archives on Jewish emigration from Russia, with particular focus on the Jewish Colonization Association

 

Academic Year 2016-2017

Matthew Brittingham, Graduate Division of Religion
Attending the 2016 Association for Jewish Studies conference to sit in on sessions about digital scholarship and to network with other digital scholars

- For a full report of Brittingham's experience, click here.

Cory Driver, Graduate Division of Religion
Traveling to Kochi, India, to conduct interviews with the Muslim guards and merchants around the last remaining Jewish cemetery in town, to augment research in Morocco, Oman, Cape Verde, and Uzbekistan

- For a full report of Driver's experience, click here.

 

Summer 2016

Matthew Brittingham, Graduate Division of Religion
Study Yiddish in the university-accredited “higher intermediate” course at the Summer Program in Yiddish Language and Literature at the Vilnius Yiddish Institute in Lithuania

Oskar Czendze, History
Researching in New York City and attendingthe Seminar on Archival and Historical Research at the Center for Jewish History from May 23-26

- For a full report of Czendze's experience, click here.

Alyssa Duck, English
Conducting archival research at the Jewish Museum of London, the Weiter Library, the British Library Sound Archive, and Oral History Project of the Oxford Jewish Heritage Committee to examine the social contexts and audience reception of postwar poetry bearing on the Holocaust

- For a full report of Duck's experience, click here.

Anastasiia Strakhova, History
Traveling to Ukraine (Kiev and Odessa) to do research in archives on the activities of the Am Olam society in the Russian Empire in 1881-1882 and the development of its ideology under the influence of the Russian intellectual milieu and other Jewish political movements

- For a full report of Strakhova's experience, click here.

 

Academic Year 2015-2016

Oskar Czendze, History
Presenting at the 4th Annual Jewish Studies Graduate Student Association conference

- For a full report of Czendzer's experience, click here.

Cory Driver, Graduate Division of Religion
Researching to review and clarify results of conversations with Muslim guards and guides in Jewish cemeteries

- For a full report of Driver's experience, click here.

 

Summer 2015

Rahimjon Abdugafurov, Islamic Civilizations
Learning Judeo-Tajik and acquiring Judeo-Tajik primary sources in Uzbekistan to study the reactions and responses of Bukharan Jews to Muslims in the region

- For a full report of Abdugafurov's experience, click here.

Matthew Brittingham, Graduate Division of Religion
Attending the National Yiddish Book Center’s Steiner Summer Yiddish Program in Amherst, MA to improve language skills while researching further sources for PhD work

- For a full report of Brittingham's experience, click here.

Lisa Hoelle, Graduate Division of Religion
Attending the Conservative Yeshiva’s summer program on seminal Jewish texts and attending an intensive Hebrew-learning ulpan at Hebrew University, both in Jerusalem

- For a full report of Hoelle's experience, click here.

Anastasiia Strakhova, History
Participating in the Naomi Prawer Kadar International Yiddish Summer Program at Tel Aviv University to study Yiddish periodicals published in the Late Russian Empire

- For a full report of Strakhova's experience, click here.

Adam Strater, Graduate Division of Religion
Attending the summer course Religious Violence in Global Perspective at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary to analyze ancient Jewish apocalyptic literature using modern sociological methods for studying religious violence

- For a full report of Strater's experience, click here.


Academic Year 2014-2015

Cory Driver, Graduate Division of Religion
Taking 10 monthly trips within Morocco, to areas that are not frequented by tourists or pilgrims and do not receive much money for upkeep, to compare the knowledge, duties and performances of the cemetery keepers with their counterparts in the larger cities.

- For a full report of Driver's experience, click here.

Shlomo Pill, Law
Presented a paper at the Nootbaar Institute for Law, Religion and Ethics Conference on Wisdom, Law, and Lawyers at Pepperdine Law School

- For a full report of Pill's experience, click here.

Sara Ann Williams, Graduate Division of Religion
Attended a conference at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on “New Trends of Research on Palestinian Christian Identity in Israel."

- For a full report of William's experience, click here.


Summer 2014

Carrie Crawford, History
Conducted dissertation research on the nature of Jewish life in Florida during the early/mid-20th century.

Stephen Germany, Graduate Division of Religion
Attended a conference on the formation of the Pentateuch at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in May 2014.

- For a full report of Germany's experience, click here.

Lisa Hoelle, Graduate Division of Religion
Attended the Pardes Institute’s summer program on seminal Jewish texts and contemporary Jewish ethical issues and attended an intensive Hebrew-learning program at the University of Haifa.

Jill Marshall, Graduate Division of Religion
Traveled to Vienna, Austria to present a paper at the International Meeting of the Society for Biblical Literature.

Shlomo Pill, Law
Attended the annual Jewish Law Association conference in Antwerp, Belgium, to present research.


Academic Year 2013-2014

Carrie Crawford, History
Traveled to various archives in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana to conduct preliminary dissertation research on the nature of Jewish racial identity in 19th/20th-century American South.

- For a full report of Crawford's experience, click here.

Cory Driver, Graduate Division of Religion
Traveled to Cape Verde to interview individuals involved in the preservation and restoration of Jewish cemeteries.

- For a full report of Driver's experience, click here.

Johannes Kleiner, Graduate Division of Religion
Presented a paper at the international conference Greening the Gods: Ecology and Theology in the Ancient World, in Cambridge, United Kingdom.

- For a full report of Kleiner's experience, click here.

Karen McCarthy, Philosophy
Visited the Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College to research the personal library of Hannah Arendt, specifically, her annotations and marginalia within her collection of Ernst Cassirer’s work.

- For a full report of McCarthy's experience, click here.

Craig Perry, History
Traveled to the Jewish History Seminar at Johns Hopkins University to present chapters of his dissertation and to lead a workshop focused on one of the Judaeo-Arabic texts central to one of these chapters.

- For a full report of Perry's experience, click here.

Jason Schulman, History
Attended four conferences, presenting at two, to network with scholars in Jewish Studies and History, hear the latest research in Jewish Studies and interdisciplinary studies, and prepare for entering the job market in the near future.

- For a full report of Schulman's experience, click here.


Summer 2013

Marian Broida, Graduate Division of Religion
Attended an intensive language-learning session in modern Hebrew in Jerusalem, and gained access to artifacts possibly related to divination.

Carrie Crawford, History
Attended Yiddish Institute’s Summer Program at Vilnius University to acquire proficiency in Yiddish language and gain a deeper understanding of Jewish history and culture.

Stephen Germany, Graduate Division of Religion
Attended the SBL International Meeting in St. Andrews, Scotland in order to present a paper that compares the representation of ritual practice in ancient Near Eastern art and in the Hebrew Bible.

Mark Goldfeder, Law
Traveled to give one conference paper on Jewish law and ethics at the Columbia University Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies Young Scholars Conference, one series of scholarly lectures on Jewish law for the Jewish community in Nebraska, and to do a week of hands on research and training in modern Jewish law at the Beth Din of America.

Jason Schulman, History
Conducted dissertation research for my project, The Limits of Liberalism: Reconsidering American Jewish Politics, at libraries at Yale University, Harvard University, and the University of Chicago

Ariel Svarch, History
Presented a paper in a seminar from Tel Aviv University on popular culture and Jewish-Argentine identity. I will also conduct research on Jewish Argentina at the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People in Jerusalem. These opportunities will allow me to understand Jewish-Argentines in a transnational perspective.


Academic Year 2012 - 2013

Carrie Crawford, History
Visited archives in New Orleans, LA, to research the Jewish response to Italian immigrant lynchings during the 1890s in order to illuminate a previously unexplored aspect of the southern Jewish experience.

Cory Driver, Graduate Division of Religion
Attended a conference in Morocco on Judeo-Moroccan Memory and presented work on Jewish magic and Hebrew language as crucial parts of folk-Islam in the Atlas Mountain.

Mark Goldfeder, Law
Gave two talks on Jewish law and its interaction with society at the 10th Annual Conference of the Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute for Law, Religion and Ethics at the Pepperdine School of Law; and visited the University of Padua to give a visiting lecture on the topic of Building the Jewish State; An Orthodox Jewish Law Perspective on Israeli Constitutionalism.

Samira Mehta, Graduate Division of Religion
Presented and met with publishers at two conferences, the American Academy of Religion and the Association for Jewish Studies, to further research in contemporary American Jewish history.

Jason Schulman, History
Attended three conferences: the American Society for Legal History in St. Louis, MO; the Association of Jewish Studies in Chicago, IL; and the American Historical Association in New Orleans, LA, to network with scholars and to hear the latest research in Jewish Studies and interdisciplinary studies.


Summer 2012

Ryan Bonfiglio, Graduate Division of Religion
Examined Achaemenid minor art collection at the archive of Persepolis Fortification Tablets at the Oriental Institute, University of Chicago; attended Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in Chicago.

Michael Chan, Graduate Division of Religion
Conducted research at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and participated in a Hebrew Bible conference at the same location.

Carrie Crawford, History
Examined correspondence, newspapers, public records, and meeting minutes at Charleston’s Jewish Heritage Collection.

Cory Driver, Graduate Division of Religion
Spent five weeks in Morocco doing site development and identifying resources for dissertation research, conducting oral interviews with Jewish and Muslim Amazigh Moroccans, and visiting archives.

Zev Farber, Graduate Division of Religion
Participated in the summer dig at Bar-Ilan University’s archaeology program in Tel Eton.

Stephen Germany, Graduate Division of Religion
Delivered paper, “Did the Achaemenids Impose a Change in the Sacrificial Cult at the Judean Temple at Elephantine?” at “The Other Temples” conference in Dublin, Ireland, organized by the Irish Society for the Study of the Ancient Near East.

Henry Huberty, Candler School of Theology
Participated in excavations at Khirbet Summeily, sponsored by the Cobb Institute of Archaeology at Mississippi State University, to research domestic contexts in Judean Iron Age II strata at this small site in the northern Negev.

Michael Karlin, Graduate Division of Religion
Conducted a research trip to New York City to do preliminary archival research at the archives of the Jewish Theological Seminary and Yeshiva University, and to meet with Jewish leaders such as Rabbi Efraim Mintz of the Jewish Leadership Institute and Rabbi Jay Moses of the Wexner Foundation.

Katherine Maples, Candler School of Theology
Participated in a one-month program in Ostia, Italy, with Dr. Michael White from the University of Texas on his excavation of a Greco-Roman synagogue.

Jason Schulman, History
Conducted research and utilized papers held at the Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe College and Harvard University.

Nehemia Stern, Graduate Division of Religion
Continued ethnographic research of religious Zionism in Israel.

Ariel Svarch, History
Traveled to London to survey the British National Archives and gain access to those sources.


Academic Year 2011 - 2012

Nicole Baerg, Political Science
Hired an Israeli research assistant to code all relevant newspaper articles in two Israeli newspapers.

Ira Bedzow, Graduate Division of Religion
Attended the TAG Research Centre / Action Research Group meeting in London.

Jason Schulman, History
Attended four conferences: the Association of Jewish Studies in Washington, DC; the American Historical Association in Chicago, IL; Comparative Literature Conference in Long Beach, CA; and the Association for Law, Culture and the Humanities in Fort Worth, TX.


Summer 2011

Michael Chan, Candler School of Theology
Delivered a paper at the Society of Biblical Literature International Meeting in London, England.

Nehemia Stern, Graduate Division of Religion
Conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Israel: “Passions and Piety: An Ethnography of Contemporary Religious Zionism in Israel.”

Ira Bedzow, Candler School of Theology
Researched and interviewed colleagues on topics of study; presented a paper at the Shalem Center’s conference, “Philosophical Investigation of the Hebrew Bible, Talmud and Midrash.”

Jason Schulman, History
Conducted research at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC: “Jewish Lawyers Out of Bounds.”

Craig Perry, History
Conducted Geniza research and presented a paper at the biennial meeting of the Society for Judaeo-Arabic Studies (SJAS) in Cambridge, England.

Amanda Davis, Candler School of Theology
Attended an Intensive Hebrew Ulpan at the University of Haifa’s International School in Israel.

John Quant, Graduate Division of Religion
Attended the International Center of Septuagint Research at the Septuaginta Summer School at the University of Göttingen, Germany.

Zev Farber, Graduate Division of Religion
Participated in the summer dig in Tel Eton with Professor Avraham Faust (Bar‐Ilan University).


Summer 2010

Zev Farber, Graduate Division of Religion
Presented a paper at Colloquium Biblicum Loveniense in Leuven, Belgium and studied with Professor Binyamin Tsedakah at the A.B. Institute of Samaritan Studies in Holon, Israel.

Nate Hofer, Graduate Division of Religion
Conducted research at the National Library of Egypt in Cairo, Egypt.

Craig Perry, History
Received tutoring in modern academic Hebrew in Atlanta, GA.

Nehemia Stern, Graduate Division of Religion
Conducted preliminary field work exploring possible sites for ethnographic research in Israel.

Ariel Svarch, History
Received intensive Yiddish language training.


Summer 2009

Samira Mehta, Graduate Division of Religion
Conducted research in Philadelphia, PA.

Craig Perry, History
Participated in the intensive summer Arabic program at Middlebury College in Vermont.

Ariel Svarch, History
Conducted a research trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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