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Fellowship Opportunities

Fellowship Opportunities for Ph.D. Work in Jewish Studies

The Tam Institute for Jewish Studies (TIJS) at Emory University offers several top-off fellowships to support Ph.D. students pursuing Jewish studies topics in any of the James T. Laney Graduate School’s programs. These fellowships supplement the generous departmental fellowships and tuition waivers awarded to all accepted Ph.D. students. No separate application is required; departments and programs will nominate appropriate candidates who are offered admission.


Current Fellows

wills-davis-keenanKeenan Wills Davis (2015) is a doctoral student in the Graduate Division of Religion with a focus on bioethics and Jewish studies. As an undergraduate, he studied neuroscience and Jewish studies (interdisciplinary) at the University of Virginia, graduating with highest distinction. He then served as a corps member of Teach For America and for three years taught high school chemistry, physics, biology, and math. Davis completed an MA in bioethics through Emory University’s Center for Ethics with a thesis analyzing the impact of biotechnology on human dignity. His primary interests are virtue ethics, moral psychology, and the relationship between humans, nature, and technology.

Chava Green (2018) is a doctoral student in the Graduate Division of Religion with a focus on Jewish Studies and feminist ethnography.  She received her B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ and studied biblical texts and Jewish Mysticism for two years in Jerusalem and Tzfat.  Her research considers the relationship between feminism and Hasidic mystical texts in the formation of gender discourse in the Chabad Hasidic community.  

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Yuan Zeng Ashley Tan (2022) is a doctoral student in the Department of History who is concurrently pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Jewish Studies. He received his Bachelor of Laws (Honors) with a minor in European Studies from the National University of Singapore. Ashley passed the bar examinations and served as a lawyer and an Infantry Sergeant in the armed forces. He received his first M.A. in French from Middlebury and his second M.A. in History and Archaeology from Peking University. Ashley’s primary interests are Jewish history, Asian history, and foreign languages. He has studied 14 languages thus far including Hebrew and Yiddish.


Forrest Martin (2023) is a doctoral student in Hebrew Bible in the Graduate Division of Religion. His research focuses on the literary artistry of ancient texts and cross-cultural transfer, especially the impact of Egyptian colonialism on ancient Israel and the wider Levant. His academic interests include a variety of languages and literatures, including Hebrew, Hieroglyphic Egyptian, Ugaritic, Greek, Coptic, Aramaic, and Ge'ez. Before coming to Emory, Forrest received his M.A. in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures and his B.A. in Hebrew Bible Ancient Near Eastern Studies (with a second major in Greek) from the University of Washington.