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Thanks to the generous support of our donors, the KU Jewish Studies Program is happy to announce several excellence-based and need-based scholarships for undergraduate students. Applications for the Danciger Fellowships are open. Eligibility for the Danciger Fellowships will be determined by the Fellowship Committee. Please note that applications are required for all Dancigner Fellowships, however, the Katzman Fellowship is awarded to a graduating senior selected by the Jewish Studies faculty. Please email Dr. Renee Perelmutter (rperel@ku.edu) and/or Tyra Kalman (tkalman@ku.edu) for more information.


The Danciger Scholarships for Undergraduate Research

The Danciger Research Scholarships in Jewish Studies awards Jewish Studies majors and minors who develop a research paper on any topic of Jewish Studies and present their research at an academic conference. Jewish Studies students who are enrolled in 300-level courses and above and are conducting research as part of their course assignments, are encouraged to develop a conference proposal. The KU Center for Undergraduate Research provides students with opportunities to present their research in the 2020 Fall Undergraduate Research Showcase. The Jewish Studies program will offer a $250 scholarship to students presenting this Fall. There is no need to file a formal application. Students are encouraged to consult with their professors or research mentors who will nominate those who have declared their interest in the scholarship.

The Danciger Essay Contest in Jewish Studies

The first annual Danciger Essay Contest in Jewish Studies is open to all KU undergraduates who submit an original essay of no more than 5,000 words on any Jewish Studies topic of their choice. The topic can be drawn from any of the generally recognized Jewish Studies subfields, including: The Bible and History of Biblical Interpretation; Gender and Sexuality Studies; Holocaust Studies; Interdisciplinary, Theoretical, and New Approaches; Israel Studies; Jewish History and Culture in Antiquity; Jewish Languages and Literatures; Jewish Mysticism; Jewish Philosophy; Jewish Politics; Jews, Film, and the Arts; Medieval and Early Modern Jewish History; Modern Jewish History; Rabbinic Literature and Culture; Sephardi and Mizrachi Studies; Social Sciences; and Yiddish Studies. Cash prizes will be awarded for first ($500), second ($300), and third place ($200) essays.

The Excellence Award in the Study of the Hebrew Language

The first and annual Excellence Award in the Study of the Hebrew Language is made possible thanks to a generous donation from the Danciger Fund. A prize of $500 will be awarded to a student displaying excellence in the study of the Hebrew language, awarded to at least one student at all levels of Hebrew study (beginning, intermediate, and advanced). Eligibility will be determined by the Fellowship Committee in consultation with Ms. Shelley Rissien.

Need-based Fellowships in Jewish Studies

The KU Jewish Studies Program is pleased to offer at least two need-based scholarships to Jewish Studies majors and minors in need of financial support for the 2020-21 academic year. Each JFC Danciger funded scholarship will award between $1000 - $2000. Students must demonstrate FAFSA eligibility at the time of application in accordance with KU policy. In addition, we will ask that the students submit a short narrative. Please reach out directly to the Director of the Jewish Studies Program, Dr. Renee Perelmutter (rperel@ku.edu), for more information on the application process.

The David and Sharyn Katzman Fellowship

The David and Sharyn Katzman Fellowship was established in 2020 to honor a Jewish Studies Major who exhibits academic excellence, Dr. David Katzman, Professor Emeritus of American Studies, was instrumental in the creation of the Jewish Studies Program. David and Sharyn Katzman are longtime supporters of the Jewish Studies Program, and they have shared their generosity by endowing the Katzman Fellowship, awarded to a graduating senior selected by the Jewish Studies faculty.

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