Call for Applications: Sefer Center Grants for Research on Russian Jewry – 2019

SEFER Center awards grants to support research projects in multiple disciplines on Russian Jewry. The subject of the research may comprise different aspects of Jewish history and culture within the territory of former Russian Empire during various historical periods from the ancient times till post-soviet contemporary period. The grant covers the entire variety of humanitarian and social areas (history, literature, linguistics, art history, education, philosophy, religion studies, sociology, political science etc.), as well as interdisciplinary studies. The Center provides researchers, teachers and PhD students with financial support for implementation of academic researches, preparation of monographs, articles and dissertation theses. The grant program is intended for researches from Russia and abroad, including Europe, USA and Canada, Israel and Australia.

This project has been made possible with the support of Genesis Philanthropy Group.

Selection Criteria

• appropriateness of the project proposal to eligibility and requirements of the grant 

• originality and creativity of the research proposal 

• independent experts’ reviews about the scientific value of the submitted project 

The SEFER Center research award recipients will be selected by a committee of independent experts specializing in the field of Russian and Eastern European Jews from Russia, Israel and the United States. 

Eligibility and Requirements 

Two types of research grants are open for applications: 

а) Faculty Research Grants for the researchers with academic degree will not exceed 150 000 rubles (will be converted in US $) and will cover up to 50% of the total cost of the proposed research project. 

b) Post-Graduate Students Research Grants for the PhD students and researchers without academic degree will not exceed 90 000 rubles (will be converted in US $) and may cover up to 100% of the total project cost. 

The competition is open for researchers from Russia and abroad, including Europe, USA and Canada, Israel and Australia. 

The grants cover following expenditure: 

• Work at Russian and foreign archives and libraries to collect materials needed for the study (compensation of consular fees, travel and accommodation expenses, photocopy, as well as payments to invited experts, which cannot exceed 25% of the grant). 

• Participation in international meetings and conferences on the chosen subject (compensation of travel and accommodation expenses and conference registration fees). 

• Other events or activities, connected with the study. 

Deadline and Proposal Submission Guidelines 

Proposals must be submitted by Marсh, 31, 2019. Proposals submitted after the deadline will not be reviewed. 

Results will be announced by May, 15, 2019. 

Each proposal must include the following: 

1. Complete proposal form (download below) 

2. Curriculum Vitae (up to 3 pages including main publications on the subject) 

3. Short writing sample (full text of one of the latest publications on the subject-up to 20 pages). PhD students may provide an essay.

4. Two recommendation letters addressed directly to the Center (for PhD students and researchers without academic degree) 

Download grant proposal form and grant agreement

Academic and Financial Report 

The grantees are expected to complete their projects within two years after announcement of the decision – till May, 15, 2021. 

The grant report should include: 

• Detailed report on research results. 

• List and full texts of published research papers or drafts of the unpublished works. 

• Documents proving the supplementary funding (for the grantees with academic degree) 

Grantees’ obligations

1. The grantee agrees to present their research results as a paper at SEFER international conferences within one (1) year since the completion of the research.. 

2. Any research papers published with the support of the grant must include an acknowledgement:

“This work was supported by the SEFER Center International grant for  the research on  history and culture of Russian Jewry in different historical periods. This grant is provided within the program “Academic Jewish Studies in the FSU”, which has been made possible with the support of Genesis Philanthropy Group”.

Grant payment order 

The winners of the competition receive the grant as a single payment of the total amount of the grant approved by the SEFER Independent Committee. 

The money is paid based on a written agreement between SEFER and the competition winner within 10 days since the agreement has been signed by both parties. 

The scans of the required documents may be sent in advance via email; the paper versions must be sent subsequently to the Center of Judeo-Slavic Studies, the RAS Institute of Slavic studies, 32 A, Leninsky Prospect, bld 2. r.808, 119334 Moscow, Russia. 119334, г. Москва, Ленинский проспект, 32-а, корпус “В”, ком. 808, Центр славяно-иудаики Института славяноведения РАН.

Please feel free to ask any questions on the Grant Program via 

Contact person: Irina Kopchenova.  

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