The Karten Studentships in Jewish History and Culture, The Parkes Institute, University of Southampton

The Parkes Institute is pleased to offer at least four studentships for students from any country to study for an MA in Jewish History and Culture at the University of Southampton, UK. The studentships will assist towards the cost of tuition fees (min. £1000 – max. £2500).

The University of Southampton is home to the Parkes Institute, one of the foremost centres for the study of Jewish history and culture in the UK, with specialists in ancient and modern Jewish history, literature, and culture, and the histories of British, German, South African, and East European Jewries. The Parkes Library and Archive is an outstanding resource for the study of Jewish history and culture.

First launched in 1997, the MA programme offers a rich encounter with the main currents in Jewish history and culture through the ages, drawing on and fostering the use of different scholarly disciplines. Reflecting the heritage of James Parkes’ scholarship, on which the Parkes Institute is founded, the programme places a distinct and unique emphasis on studying Jewish History and Culture within the broad framework of the study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations.

Foundation-level training is provided in research skills, and opportunities for specialisation are offered through a choice of optional modules. Students are also encouraged to develop or employ language skills for research purposes.

The programme attracts students from a very varied range of backgrounds and academic interests. For some of these students, the MA provides the foundation for doctoral studies, but for others the course offers opportunities for professional and personal development in fields such as teaching, community relations, museum and archive work.

Deadline: 31 May 2015

How to apply:
See our website for information about the programme and details on how to apply. Please apply online for the MA programme at and send a personal statement regarding this studentship to Dr Shirli Gilbert, convenor of the MA programme, at