Call for Applications Posen Society of Fellows 2016-2018

The Posen Foundation is pleased to announce the fourth Posen Society of Fellows, the 2016-2018 cohort of international emerging scholars working on modernization processes in Jewish history, society, and culture.

The fellowship grants $20,000/year for two years, and the opportunity to attend two summer seminars (in the US) led by preeminent Jewish Studies scholars.

The Posen Foundation is now soliciting applications for the 2016-2018 cohort. 

The Posen Society of Fellows is open to all with no restrictions, regardless of religion, gender, or nationality.

The Society of Fellows Program
The Fellows will convene for two summer seminars in the US together with the preceding or subsequent cohort (for a total of 12 Fellows) to share their work, participate in professionalization workshops and attend lectures by leading Jewish Studies scholars. Fellows will be expected to maintain ongoing contact to support each other’s work, and to submit an annual report on their progress to the foundation.

Criteria for Selection

  1. Doctoral candidates working on a dissertation topic related to modernization processes in Jewish history, society and culture
  2. Applicants must have met all of their university requirements to be Ph.D candidate and have approved dissertation topics before April 1, 2016
  3. Applicants who have already begun writing their dissertation must anticipates at least two years to completion
  4. Applicants may not hold other concurrent fellowships and/or academic awards in excess of $10,000 per year
  5. Participants must have a valid USA visa and be able to travel to the US and present and discuss their own and colleagues’ work in English.


Application Process

To be considered for the Society, please submit (on this website, in English only):

  • A cover letter describing your academic concentration
  • Curriculum vitae (including education, publications, scholarly activities, teaching experience and any other relevant work experience)
  • A dissertation synopsis (10-15 pages) covering the key arguments and sources.
  • A letter of recommendation from the applicant’s major advisor which addresses the significance of the applicant’s work.

Applications due: January 15, 2016.
Awards will be announced by April 15, 2016

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