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Thanks to the generous support of our donors, The Danciger Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City and the Sharon and David Katzman Fellowship, the KU Jewish Studies Program is happy to announce several excellence-based and need-based awards for undergraduate students.

Thanks to the generous donation from the Danciger Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City, the KU Jewish Studies Program is honored to offer several merit-based and need-based fellowship opportunities once again for students. These fellowships, awarded in the Fall and Spring semesters, are intended to offer financial support to undergraduate students with interest in Jewish studies – primarily Jewish Studies majors and minors. Current students, please consider applying, and please encourage your fellow scholars of Jewish Studies and those who may be interested in majoring or minoring to consider these opportunities. Please email the Jewish Studies Program at jewishstudies@ku.edu with any questions about these opportunities.

The Danciger Fellowship for Undergraduate Research in Jewish Studies awards $250 to Jewish Studies majors and minors who research and present on any topic of Jewish Studies and participate in the Fall Undergraduate Research Showcase or the Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium through the KU Center for Undergraduate Research. Jewish Studies students enrolled in 300 level courses and above and who are conducting research as part of their course assignments are encouraged to consult with their professors or research mentors and develop a conference proposal. Students interested in The Danciger Fellowship for Undergraduate Research in Jewish Studies for the Fall semester should register for the Fall Research Showcase through the KU Center for Undergraduate Research. The deadline to register is 11:59PM, November 28th, 2021. In addition to registering, please email your abstract and confirmation of submission no later than 11:59PM on December 1st, 2021 to jewishstudies@ku.edu, with the subject “Danciger Undergraduate Research Fellowship” addressed to “Jewish Studies Fellowship Committee.”

The 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 essay can include an assigned term paper on a topic drawn from any 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 deadline for submission for the Fall 2021 award is 11:59PM, December 10th. Please email your essay to jewishstudies@ku.edu with the subject “Danciger Essay Contest” and addressed to “Jewish Studies Fellowship Committee.”

The Danciger Excellence Award for the Study of the Hebrew Language is presented to at least one student each semester at all levels of Hebrew study (beginning, intermediate, and advanced). The recipients are evaluated based on classroom performance, academic excellence, and dedication to the study of Hebrew. Each recipient will be determined by the Jewish Studies Faculty Fellowship Committee in consultation with Ms. Shelley Rissien, the KU Hebrew Coordinator. If you are enrolled in a Hebrew class at any level, you are automatically considered for this award.

Need-based fellowships

In addition, The KU Jewish Studies Program is pleased to offer need-based fellowships to Jewish Studies majors and minors in need of financial support. Each such fellowship from The Danciger Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City is strictly need-based. Funds from $500-$2000 are available to those who qualify. FAFSA eligibility at the time of application is required in accordance with KU policy. Please submit a short narrative with explanation of need to the Director of the Jewish Studies Program, Dr. Renee Perelmutter rperel@ku.edu with “Need-based award” in the subject line. All applications and awards are confidential. There is no deadline to apply. Students can apply once a semester and apply again all future semesters despite having previously received this need-based support.

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 Fellowship Committee.


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