Judaic Studies

The Program in Judaic Studies aims to promote and support the study of Jews and Judaism across Brown University. To that end, we offer graduate research awards for Brown graduate students working in related field.

The funds may be used in a wide variety of ways, including travelling to research sites, expenses related to presenting a paper at a conference, etc. Preference will be given to those who have taken courses in or who plan to work with an adviser in the Program in Judaic Studies

Graduate research awards are offered twice a year at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters with a deadlines sometime early November and early April. They are advertised in Today@Brown and as a News item on this site. Awards are distributed after the submission paid receipts. Students with unspent, previously awarded Judaic Studies research awards are not eligible to submit a request for a new award.

Accepting applications through March 22, 2024. Dowload the application form here.  Complete the application form and submit it with your request. 

2024 Judaic Studies student research award poster

Examples of recently funded graduate research

Recently funded graduate research

  • Development and production of a play at Ars Nova ANT Fest in NYC (TAPS)
  • Participation at the AAR/ Society of Biblical Literature annual conference to deliver a paper (Religious Studies)
  • Study of Klezmer music (Music)
  • Archival research on Gaspar da India, in Goa, India as part of research for a play (MFA)
  • Ethnographic research at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC (Religious Studies & Anthropology)
  • Participation at the Royal Musical Association's 7th Annual Music and Philosophy Conference in London, England to deliver a paper entitled “Moses Mendelssohn on Music” (Philosophy)
  • Dissertation project to create a small temporary photographic exhibit on campus (French Studies)
  • Research at the Archivo de la Corona de Aragón, in Barcelona, Italy, to compile material for capstone and dissertation projects (History)
  • Participation at the Association for Jewish Studies conference to deliver a paper entitled "New Christians as Biographical Subjects and the Transformation of the 'Converso' in the Spanish Atlantic" (History)
  • Dissertation research in Wroclaw, Poland on how wartime trauma and socialist ideology influenced how architects viewed the relationship of Warsaw's Jewish past to its socialist future while imagining the city's reconstruction by working with the personal collection of architects Helena & Szymon Syrku (History)
  • Research on Sugihara Chiune by conducting field research at his Memorial Hall in Gifu Prefecture, the Tsuruga City port in Fukui prefecture in Japan (History)
  • Participation at the XV A.P.I conference in Syracuse, Italy, to present a paper entitled "Counter-History of a Silence: Censorship and Self-Censorship of the Anti-Semitic Persecution in Postwar Italian Literature" (Italian Studies)