EAJS Conference Grant Programme in European Jewish Studies: Support for EAJS Conferences and Summer Schools

The European Association for Jewish Studies invites the submission of event proposals in the framework of the EAJS Conference Grant Programme in European Jewish Studies, funded through a generous grant for the academic year 2016/17. As in the case of the earlier EAJS Programme in European Jewish Studies, the purpose of the programme is twofold: to foster cooperation among scholars involved in Jewish Studies across Europe, and to support early career researchers in this field to develop a professional network. The EAJS is pleased to announce that the EAJS Conference Grant Programme in European Jewish Studies will run in the present format for the next three years, with yearly calls for submissions. 

Grants will be offered for two types of academic events, EAJS Conferences and EAJS Summer Schools. The programme allows for the allocation of between £ 1,600 and £ 8,000 for an individual event. Funds can be requested for travel expenses, accommodation and maintenance of the active participants. Academic excellence and the impact on network building in Jewish Studies across Europe will be key criteria; international cooperation in the development of proposals is strongly encouraged. Proposals should be submitted by at least one Full Member of the EAJS. Membership in the EAJS of other applicants as well as the active participants in the event is not required. Events need to be held within the Academic Year 2016/17 (i.e. between September 1, 2016 and August 31, 2017).

Both EAJS Conferences and Summer Schools may be devoted to any topic of relevance in Jewish Studies, including but not limited to Jewish history, Jewish thought, Jewish languages and literatures, Jewish history of science and knowledge, Jewish material heritage, and Jewish topics in the Social and Political Sciences. Events need to be hosted by an academic institution based in a European country.

In the case of EAJS Conferences, the format can range from discussion-focused one-day workshops to wide-ranging, synoptic conferences. Applications for EAJS Summer Schools need to give a detailed description of how the proposed theme will be translated into both lectures by faculty and active forms of involvement for the non-faculty participants (discussions, group work, presentations). The EAJS welcomes a reflection on how the proposed theme of the Summer School as well as the interaction between faculty and participants will enhance international academic cooperation and networking. A Summer School proposal needs to include a description and a justification of the theme, the faculty involved, and the duration and location of the event. It also needs to offer information about the expected non-faculty participants (undergraduate/graduate students, postdocs and early career scholars, general public).

For both formats, the applicant/s are encouraged to invite participants from across Europe in order to allow for a broad representation of approaches and academic cultures. EAJS welcomes applications that demonstrate a degree of public or Jewish communal impact. Successful applicants are invited to produce a brief summary of the major outcomes which will be posted to the EAJS homepage and in the online version of the European Journal of Jewish Studies. English needs to be one, but not necessarily the only conference language.  

Grant: Proposed budgets will be assessed against the academic excellence and relevance of the submission as well as its expected outcomes and outputs. Applicants may request between £ 1,600 and £ 8,000 for travel expenses, accommodation and maintenance of the active participants. In the case of an event budget exceeding this amount, the applicants need to show evidence for the ability to provide for the remaining amount.

Eligibility: Applications are to be submitted by one or more scholars actively involved in Jewish Studies. At least one applicant needs to be a Full Member of the European Association for Jewish Studies. Active participants are not required to be members of the EAJS, however the EAJS expects that a significant proportion of the active participants will be involved in academic pursuits at European universities and academic institutions. Cooperation across Europe is strongly encouraged. The academic who will host the event will function as main applicant. S/he will need to document sufficient institutional support for holding the event and the adequate administration of funds.

Submission process: Proposals for EAJS Conferences and Summer Schools need to be submitted including full documentation (details applicant/s:  academic affiliation, short CV and selected bibliography; details of the proposed event, including description of theme and rationale, preliminary budget, proposed venue, and in the case of Summer Schools, faculty involved; details about hosting institution) through this online form not later than May 19, 2016 latest. The successful applicants will be notified by 23rd July, and award letters will be mailed by mid-August. 

We encourage members to contact our funding consultant, Jonathan Starbrook (University of Manchester), to seek independent advice about successfully applying for external funding.

Enquiries about the programme should be sent to admin@eurojewishstudies.org.