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Fellowships & Awards

AJS Fellowships, Grants, & Awards

The AJS offers grants to its members to support conference, travel, and scholarly publications.

Jordan Schnitzer Book Awards

The Schnitzer Book Awards recognize and promote outstanding scholarship in the field of Jewish Studies and will honor scholars whose work embodies the best in the field: innovative research, excellent writing, and sophisticated methodology.

AJS Scholars of Color Fellowship

The mentorship program pairs scholars who have made or will make contributions to Jewish Studies scholarship with experienced mentors, while also building a community among the cohort.

Conference Travel Grants

Since 2009, the AJS has awarded more than $150,000 in travel grant funding to its members. The AJS remains committed to supporting wide participation in the 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.

AJS Dissertation Completion Fellowships

Launched in 2016, this fellowship program awards finishing-year fellowships annually (up to $33,000) to PhD students entering the final year of their programs and completing a dissertation in the field of Jewish Studies.

Jordan Schnitzer First Book Publication Awards

This program is designed for current AJS member authors who already have secured publishing contracts but who require subventions to ensure publication of their first books. The AJS will grant five awards of $5,000 each.

AJS Contingent Faculty and Independent Scholar Research Grants

The Association for Jewish Studies is pleased to again offer its Contingent Faculty and Independent Scholar Research Grants. The AJS will award five research grants of $1,000 each. Eligible applicants must be current AJS members and hold a PhD. These awards are meant to assist scholars who do not have any guaranteed institutional funding.

Gender Justice Caucus Awards

  • Cashmere Subvention Award in Jewish Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies

    This award provides a $1,000 grant in support of scholarly publication in the areas of Jewish Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. Book proposals to be considered for the grant must make a clear argument for the ways in which the work represents a contribution to any of these fields and a subfield of Jewish Studies.

  • AJS Gender Justice Caucus Prize for Innovative Scholarship in Gender and Jewish Studies

    The prize will be given in recognition of a paper presented at the last AJS annual meeting within any discipline of Jewish studies that opens up new areas of inquiry or advances Jewish feminist or gender studies.

  • AJS Gender Justice Caucus Travel Grant

    The AJS Gender Justice Travel Grants are awarded to graduate students and independent scholars whose papers contribute to the study of women, feminism, and gender in Jewish studies and have been accepted for presentation at the AJS conference.

  • AJS Gender Justice Caucus Award for Mentorship

    This award recognizes outstanding service in the profession through the mentorship of women scholars in Jewish Studies.

AJS Award Recipients

Past recipients of awards and fellowships sponsored by the Association for Jewish Studies.

Fellowships & Grants Directory

A guide to grants and fellowships of interest to Jewish studies scholars, highlighting funding opportunities for graduate students, junior and senior faculty, and independent scholars. The data focuses primarily on grants in support of Jewish studies research, although the directory also includes information about a select few general funding agencies (i.e., NEH, ACLS).

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