2025-26 Fellowship Program
Opens Jun 20 2024 12:00 AM (EDT)
Deadline Nov 11 2024 11:59 PM (EST)
Description

Contemporary Jewish life constitutes an ever-expanding cultural landscape, teeming with multiple possibilities for doing and being Jewish. Individuals, groups, and institutions are imagining and pushing forward new Jewish formations to create and inhabit previously uncharted territories. It is to these new frontiers of Jewish life that the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies devotes its fellowship program in 2025–26.

What does it mean to live, worship, and affiliate Jewishly in this diversified landscape? How is Jewishness expressed and contested across media and geographies of the contemporary moment? What can we learn about the present and future of Jewishness by looking at forms of community and creativity in marginal, interstitial, and expected spaces, including those in the frontier zones between the religious and the secular, the center and the periphery, the Jewish and the non-Jewish, or that exist in the virtual realms of the imagined and the digital? The Katz Center invites applications from scholars pursuing research projects animated by these and related questions.  

The Center supports individual research projects while encouraging conversation and collaboration through seminars, conferences, and other forms of intellectual exchange. The fellowship is open to scholars from across the globe and at all career levels from newly minted Ph.D.'s to senior scholars. The Katz Center welcomes proposals coming from any disciplinary perspective, including anthropology, sociology, history, education studies, ethics, religious studies, political science, digital humanities, and the study of Jewish literature, art, or film. The fellowship is also open to applications focused on the study of experiences and new realities in Israel and for Jews globally in light of October 7 and its aftermath. 

Selected fellows are provided with a stipend and the time and resources needed to pursue their individual projects (including an office, computer, and library privileges at the University of Pennsylvania), and are expected to actively engage in the intellectual life of the fellowship community. All applicants must have a doctoral degree in hand by the start of the fellowship. Fellows are expected to live in Philadelphia for the term of their fellowship which can run for the entire academic year (September–April) or for a single semester.

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2025-26 Fellowship Program


Contemporary Jewish life constitutes an ever-expanding cultural landscape, teeming with multiple possibilities for doing and being Jewish. Individuals, groups, and institutions are imagining and pushing forward new Jewish formations to create and inhabit previously uncharted territories. It is to these new frontiers of Jewish life that the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies devotes its fellowship program in 2025–26.

What does it mean to live, worship, and affiliate Jewishly in this diversified landscape? How is Jewishness expressed and contested across media and geographies of the contemporary moment? What can we learn about the present and future of Jewishness by looking at forms of community and creativity in marginal, interstitial, and expected spaces, including those in the frontier zones between the religious and the secular, the center and the periphery, the Jewish and the non-Jewish, or that exist in the virtual realms of the imagined and the digital? The Katz Center invites applications from scholars pursuing research projects animated by these and related questions.  

The Center supports individual research projects while encouraging conversation and collaboration through seminars, conferences, and other forms of intellectual exchange. The fellowship is open to scholars from across the globe and at all career levels from newly minted Ph.D.'s to senior scholars. The Katz Center welcomes proposals coming from any disciplinary perspective, including anthropology, sociology, history, education studies, ethics, religious studies, political science, digital humanities, and the study of Jewish literature, art, or film. The fellowship is also open to applications focused on the study of experiences and new realities in Israel and for Jews globally in light of October 7 and its aftermath. 

Selected fellows are provided with a stipend and the time and resources needed to pursue their individual projects (including an office, computer, and library privileges at the University of Pennsylvania), and are expected to actively engage in the intellectual life of the fellowship community. All applicants must have a doctoral degree in hand by the start of the fellowship. Fellows are expected to live in Philadelphia for the term of their fellowship which can run for the entire academic year (September–April) or for a single semester.

Apply
Opens
Jun 20 2024 12:00 AM (EDT)
Deadline
Nov 11 2024 11:59 PM (EST)