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Berman Foundation Dissertation Fellowships
in Support of Research in the Social Scientific Study of the Contemporary American Jewish Community

Directed by the Association for Jewish Studies

2015 Competition

I. Summary

 

II. Eligibility
III. Selection Criteria
IV. Application
V.

Deadline

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I. Summary

The Association for Jewish Studies is pleased to announce the Berman Foundation Dissertation Fellowships in Support of Research in the Social Scientific Study of the Contemporary American Jewish Community. The Berman Fellowships—two awards of $16,000 each for the 2015-2016 academic year—aim to support the development and expansion of the field of the social scientific study of Jewish Americans and the contemporary Jewish-American experience; enhance funding opportunities for up-and-coming scholars in the midst of institutional cutbacks in higher education; and encourage graduate students in sociology, social psychology, social anthropology, demography, social work, economics, and political science to expand their research to include the study of North American Jewry. Preference will be given to applicants seeking support for doctoral research, but requests for funding to support the writing phase of the dissertation will also be considered. Support for this project is generously provided by the Mandell L. and Madeleine H. Berman Foundation.

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II. Eligibility

Applicants must: 

  • be Ph.D. candidates at accredited institutions of higher education, have completed their comprehensive exams and received departmental approval for their dissertation proposal (i.e., ABD)
  • be based in a social scientific and/or interdisciplinary program or discipline, i.e. sociology, social psychology, social anthropology, demography, social work, economics, or political science
  • have a projected completion date of the dissertation within two years of the award
  • have a long-term interest in conducting college- or university-based research and teaching in the social scientific study of North American Jewry
  • be a member of AJS or become a member if he or she is to receive the award

Recipients of the Berman Fellowship may not receive total grant support in excess of $40,000 during their fellowship year. In addition, they may not hold a full-time job or equivalent academic workload during the fellowship year.

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III. Selection Criteria

Applications will be judged by a panel of leading social scientists in the study of contemporary Jewry. Criteria for evaluation include:

  • the project’s clarity, innovativeness, and potential contribution to the field
  • the feasibility of completing the project within two years of application
  • the reasonableness of the proposed budget
  • the applicant's excellence and training in her/his field, as demonstrated through past coursework, publication record, and other related experience

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IV. Application

All submissions will be made through Interfolio. Using Interfolio for the Berman Foundation Dissertation Fellowship is free for applicants. If you do not already have an account with Interfolio, you will be able to create an account free of charge.

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Submissions must include:

  1. CV
  2. Application Statement (no more than three pages, single-spaced) including:
    • A summary of the proposed project
    • An explanation of how the incorporation of a Jewish dimension informs and strengthens your broader project
    • A statement on how your project’s particular approach to studying North American Jews sheds light on the Jewish experience.
    • A statement of progress on dissertation research conducted so far and its significance.
    • If you are not formally affiliated with a department of sociology, social psychology, social anthropology, demography, social work, economics, or political science, please explain in an additional paragraph how your proposal draws significantly on these social scientific fields in methodology and line of inquiry.
  3. Research/fellowship budget with narrative (no more than two pages, single-spaced)
  4. Dissertation Prospectus
  5. Two confidential letters of recommendation, including one from the applicant's primary advisor. Letters must be on institutional letterhead. Letter writers should address the criteria for evaluation which include:
    • the project’s clarity, innovativeness, and potential contribution to the field
    • the feasibility of completing the project within two years of application
    • the applicant’s excellence and training in her/his field, as demonstrated through past coursework, publication record, and other related experience
    • the candidate's long-term interest in conducting college-or university-based research and teaching in the social scientific study of North American Jewry.
    Please ask recommenders to comment on your project with these criteria in mind; the theoretical, empirical, and/or social policy implications of the proposed project; and any other information they see relevant to include. Please note: This dissertation fellowship program is meant to support PhD candidates in departments of sociology, social psychology, social anthropology, demography, social work, economics, or political science. If you are not affiliated with one of these departments, please have your recommenders address if and how the project draws on social scientific fields in both methodology and line of inquiry.
  6. Official transcript from the registrar

Questions?
Contact Amy Weiss
Grants and Communications Coordinator
aweiss@ajs.cjh.org
(917) 606-8249

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V. Deadline

The AJS must receive applications, including all supporting materials, by Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Late, incomplete, or faxed applications will not be accepted. AJS will announce award decisions by May 2015.

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