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Travel Grants

The Association for Jewish Studies remains committed to supporting wide participation in its Annual Conference. In particular, the AJS seeks to support untenured faculty, graduate students, independent scholars without full-time employment, and international scholars who receive little to no institutional support for conference travel. New to the 2018 Annual Conference, all individuals who have been accepted to present at the conference are eligible to apply. Individuals chairing sessions are also able to apply for a Conference Travel Grant, but preference will be given to those who are presenting or serving in a respondent capacity. Anyone who received an AJS Conference Travel Grant in 2017 must wait until 2019 to apply for another grant.

The AJS thanks the following organizations for their support in funding conference travel grants:

  • American Jewish Historical Society
  • American Sephardi Federation
  • Anonymous
  • Center for Jewish History
  • Jewish Music Forum, a project of the American Society for Jewish Music
  • Knapp Family Foundation
  • Koret Foundation
  • Leo Baeck Institute
  • Maurice Amado Foundation
  • Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture
  • Yeshiva University Museum
  • YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

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Childcare Grants

The AJS, in recognizing the financial demands placed on early-career scholars and/or single parents, is happy to announce that we will be offering subsidies up to $500 to cover the costs of childcare for presenting participants at the 50th Annual Conference. While the ability to provide childcare services on site as we have in the past has become unfortunately cost-prohibitive to the organization, the AJS is following the model of other learned societies and adopting this subsidy model. We hope that the availability of this subsidy will help offset some of the costs around childcare that some members encounter. This funding can be used to engage childcare services in Boston, to pay for additional childcare at home while you are at the conference, or to cover travel to help bring a spouse or other care provider with you to the conference to take care of your child/children. Please note that funding is limited and is not guaranteed. If approved for funding, grant recipients will be required to submit receipts after the conference and will be reimbursed in January 2019. Funding will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis with a priority deadline of August 31, 2018.

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