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Scholarships and Funding

Below is a sampling of local and national scholarship and funding opportunities related to KU and/or Jewish studies experiences.

University of Kansas

  • For a limited time, scholarships are available to students studying Jewish Studies abroad. Students wishing to apply for general scholarships should submit a resume and personal statement (500 words or less) to JewishStudies@KU.edu.
  •  Some scholarships to study Jewish Studies abroad were donated by KU alum, Mr. Harvey Bodker in honor of the memory of Rabbi Morris Margolies, senior rabbi at Congregation Beth Shalom and longtime professor of Jewish Studies at KU. To apply for one of these scholarships, students need to submit the following to the KU Jewish Studies Program:  a resume or CV, a plan of study in Israel or other location abroad, and a short essay (500-750 words) describing how study abroad incorporates the values of Rabbi Margolies.  For your reference, the obituary of Rabbi Margolies can be viewed here.
  • Please contact the Jewish Studies Program for more information: JewishStudies@KU.edu
  • University scholarships
  • Private scholarships
  • Study Abroad scholarships

Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City

  • Karen and Ed Porter Summer Experience Fund: Annual award to Jewish high school (open to 10th, 11th or 12th graders) or college student(s) from the Greater Kansas City area seeking to participate in an approved Jewish summer travel experience.
  • E. David Soltz Israel Scholarship Fund: Need-based scholarship intended to assist high school or college students seeking to attain a deeper understanding of Judaism and/or Israel while studying in the land itself. Applicants must be from the Greater Kansas City area.

Other resources on scholarships and funding:

Source Focus Level Additional Information
National Endowment for the Humanities Post-grad  
National Endowment for the Arts Post-grad  
Social Science Research Council Grad, Post-grad  
National Humanities Center Post-grad  
     
AJC Goldman Bridge Fellowship Undergrad Focus on building the skills and inspiration needed to engage in interfaith and interethnic communities.
AJC Goldman Fellowship Undergrad Nine-week program designed to develop future leaders in the areas of international and domestic politics, diplomacy, public relations, and management.
American Jewish Archives Post-grad Month-long research and writing fellowships in Cincinnati. Research must be on North American Jewry.
American Jewish Historical Society Undergrad, Grad, Post-grad Various funding opportunities for work in the field of American Jewish history.
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee Grad, Post-grad Fellowships to conduct research in the JDC Archives, either in New York or Jerusalem. Research topics in the fields of twentieth century Jewish history, general history, and humanitarian assistance will be considered, as well as other areas of academic research covered in the JDC archival collections. 
American Jewish League for Israel Undergrad, Grad Scholarship program meant to foster Jewish spiritual and cultural values through the experience of living and studying in Israel and, at the same time, strengthen the ties that bind Jews in the United States to Jews in Israel so that upon returning to the United States, scholarship winners will be better able to communicate those ties to American Jewry.
Association for Jewish Studies Grad, Post-grad Grants for dissertation research, travel grants, book awards and Jewish Studies project funding.
Association of Jewish Libraries Student Scholarship Grad Scholarship for student attending or planning to attend a graduate school of library and information science. Prospective candidates should have knowledge of and interest in Jewish Studies, and demonstrate the potential, ability, and intention of pursuing a career in Judaica librarianship.
Blaustein Philanthropic Group

Undergrad, Grad, Post-grad

Group of foundations with various grants in diverse areas.
Brandeis-Genesis Institute for Russian Jewry Grad, Post-grad Grants to support research projects in multiple disciplines on Russian Jewish experience. These research projects may come from various disciplines, including but not limited to sociology, linguistics, history, arts, psychology, education and religion. Eligible research projects may cover various time periods - from Imperial Russia and Soviet era to Post-soviet contemporary period.  The geographic regions researched may range from the Former Soviet Union to United States and Canada, Israel, Germany, Australia and other regions.
Broome and Allen Scholarship - American Sephardi Federation Undergrad, Grad Grants for undergraduate and graduate students of Sephardic heritage and students concentrating in Sephardic studies.
Center for Jewish History Undergrad, Grad, Post-grad Various fellowships for undergrads, graduate students and scholars.
European Association for Jewish Culture Open Grants for artistic projects in various areas, including the visual arts, performing arts, media, etc. Must be European nationals or long-term residents.
Fishman Family Foundation Open Grants and scholarships related to Jewish services, education and community activities. 
HIAS Open Assistance for refugees and those facing persecution and discrimination.
Lady Davis Fellowship Trust Grad, Post-grad Doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships at Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.
Leo Baeck Institute Grad, Post-grad Supports new research on German-Jewish culture and history through the following fellowships. Ph.D. candidates and academics working on topics related to the German-Jewish community in a variety of disciplines are encouraged to apply.
Masa Israel Journey Open Various funding opportunities for study in Israel.
Max and Anna Levinson Foundation  Open Grants for various areas, including focus on Jewish culture, religion, Yiddish, Jewish community, etc.
Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture Grad, Post-grad Doctoral scholarship and fellowship program in Jewish Studies and Jewish culture.
Orion Center Grad, Post-grad Scholarships and fellowships for research on the Dead Sea Scrolls and associated literature in all relevant disciplines.
Posen Foundation Post-grad Eligible scholars should be completing a doctoral dissertation on a topic related to modern Jewish history or culture. Eligible fiction writers should be working on a Jewish-themed novel or short story collection, and should not yet have published their first book.
Religious Research Association Grad, Post-grad Small research grant awards.
Southern Jewish Historical Society Grad, Post-grad Several grants focused on Southern Jewish history, including for completion of relevant projects, research/travel grants and funds for preservation of archival records.
Temple University Feinstein Center Grad, Post-grad Summer fellowship to support research in the American Jewish experience.
The Wexner Foundation Undergrad, Grad, Post-grad The Wexner Foundation focuses on the development of Jewish professional and volunteer leaders in North America, and public leaders in Israel. 
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Grad, Post-grad Funds to support significant research and writing about the Holocaust. Proposals welcomed from scholars in all relevant academic disciplines, including history, political science, literature, Jewish studies, philosophy, religion, sociology, anthropology, comparative genocide studies, law, and others.
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research Grad, Post-grad Research fellowships in various areas, including East European Jewish Studies, Baltic Jewish Studies, Polish Jewish Studies, Jewish Literature and Arts and American Jewish Studies.

Check your local Jewish Vocational Services, Jewish Foundations, Jewish Community Centers and other similar organizations for other funding options. Many offer awards for individuals from or studying in their covered area.


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