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Paula Hyman Mentorship Program

The Paula Hyman Memorial Mentoring Program invites applications to its 2021-2022 cohort.

The Program was established in 2014 in memory of Professor Paula Hyman (1946–2011), a pioneering scholar of Jewish history and a dedicated mentor to women in Jewish Studies. It pairs emerging scholars with experienced mentors, while also building a strong network among the cohort through group workshops.

This year, the program will take on a hybrid form. Emerging scholars and mentors will take part in an in-person workshop for one extra night and day after the Association for Jewish Studies 53rd Annual Conference in December 2021. There will also be occasional Zoom meetings, beginning in November, to keep the group connected throughout the academic year.

We are seeking applications from under-represented genders. This can include cis women, trans women, trans men, non-binary people, and those who are otherwise marginalized.

Applications are due Monday, August 1, 2021. Acceptances and pairings will be announced by September 15, 2021.

Please direct any questions about the program to its director, Dr. Jodi Eichler-Levine, at

Additionally, Dr. Sara Ronis, an alumna of the program and member of its steering committee, will offer an optional workshop on how to prepare a strong application to the Hyman Program—and similar opportunities. This will take place on July 15, 2021, at 11 a.m. Central/12 p.m. Eastern US/7 p.m. Israeli time.

Register in advance for the meeting at this link:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Applicants must:

•     Be available to attend the in-person workshop taking place December 21-22, 2021 (after the close of the annual conference)

•     Be a current AJS member

•     Have received or will receive a PhD between January 1, 2013 and July 31, 2021

Application Instructions

Complete applications, to be submitted via Interfolio, include:

•     a CV

•     a cover letter including 1) a description of current research and publications, 2) a statement about what you would like to achieve through participation in this mentorship program, and 3) a list of 3 senior scholars as potential mentors, along with an explanation as to why you suggested each individual (Please do not contact potential mentors. The program’s steering committee will reach out to these mentors and the Mentorship Committee often looks for matches beyond these suggestions.)

•     contact information for 2 academic references