Academic Jewish Studies programme
Launched in March 2003, the Academic Jewish Studies in Europe Grant Programme aims to develop rigorous, systematic research and education in academic Jewish studies throughout Europe, enhancing what is already available and sustaining the productive expansion of well developed activities. The programme is designed to develop the skills and broaden the horizons of graduate students and established scholars – especially if they are institutionally isolated – by supporting improved and more extensive means for communication, interchange, research and co-operation. Our grants include support for doctoral and post-doctoral students, summer schools, academic journals, language courses and departments of Jewish studies. However, institutional overheads will not be funded under the Academic Jewish Studies Grant Programme.
Any academic institution based in Europe (including Russia, Ukraine and Belarus) that qualifies as a charity under UK charity law can apply for funding. Individuals studying at Europe-based institutions are welcome to submit applications to grant categories where they match the other requisite criteria; students based outside of Europe are ineligible.
This programme offers grants in the following categories:
Grants to Individuals
Grants to Individuals are intended for doctoral students and/or early career scholars who were awarded their doctoral degree no more than 5 years ago. Applicants in this category must be based at European academic institutions and they should intend to build their careers in Europe, thereby strengthening the field of Jewish Studies here. In all cases, individual applicants will be asked to supply their official university transcripts, CV and the contact details for at least one referee. Other additional required documentation will vary by category.
Fellowships are available for new and established scholars to teach and research Jewish Studies at European academic institutions. Applying institutions will be asked to demonstrate how the Fellow will bolster Jewish Studies at their university and in their country. As well as supporting material that speaks to the suitability of the proposed Fellow, applicants in these categories are also required to submit documentation relating to their organisations, such as financial statements, the current year’s operating budget and proof of charitable status.
Infrastructural Grants are aimed at strengthening established departments, programmes and research centres devoted to academic Jewish Studies throughout Europe. Grants in this category support the creation of teaching posts, the expansion of Jewish Studies programmes and the augmentation of library resources. Applying organisations will be expected to demonstrate how the introduction of the proposed teaching position or programme will enhance Jewish Studies in their region and / or country, without duplicating any pre-existing positions or programmes in the region. Likewise, institutions applying to augment their library resources must show that their students have no current access to other, sufficient library holdings in nearby institutions. Applicants to these categories must provide the Foundation with relevant supporting materials, such as a strategic plan, financial statements, operating budget for the current year and proof of charitable status.
Research, Events and Publications
Research, Events and Publications are supported by the Rothschild Foundation (Europe) on the belief that such initiatives play a crucial role in strengthening Jewish Studies throughout Europe. The Foundation welcomes applications from recognised academic institutions to host and initiate activities such as research projects, summer schools and workshops, academic journals, as well as translations that make key texts in Jewish Studies available in local languages. Applicants to these categories must present the Foundation with proof of their charitable status and demonstrate their present and past fiscal stability through financial statements and operating budgets. Other, additional required documentation will vary by category.