The Ph.D. Program in History

at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York


Center for Jewish History, Graduate Student Dissertation Fellowships

The Center for Jewish History, composed of its five partners (American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research) offers ten month fellowships to doctoral candidates to support original research using the collections at the Center. Preference is given to those candidates who draw on the library and archival resources of more than one partner institution. Fellows must be in residence at the Center from September 2013- June 2014 and applicants should have completed all requirements (coursework, exams, dissertation proposal) for the doctoral degree except for the dissertation. It is required that each fellow spend a minimum of 3 days/week in residence in the Lillian Goldman Reading Room using the archival and library resources. Fellows must also participate in the Center for Jewish History Fellowship Seminar Program, deliver a minimum of one lecture based on research conducted at Center, and submit a report upon completion of the Fellowship describing her/his experience as a Center Fellow

Fellowship Stipend

Full fellowships carry a stipend of up to $15,000 for a period of one academic year for students based in universities in the New York City metropolitan area as well as those who reside within approximately 125 miles of New York City.

Fellows from universities more than 125 miles away from New York City will be entitled to a stipend of up to $18,000, and in some cases, additional funding of up to $5,000 may be made available to offset living expenses.


1. The fellowship is open to qualified doctoral candidates from accredited domestic and international institutions.
2. Fellows must be in residence at the Center from the beginning of September 2013 until the end June 2014.
3. Applicants should have completed all requirements (coursework, exams, dissertation proposal) for the doctoral degree except for the dissertation
4. For non-USA citizens, it is the responsibility of the applicant to have the appropriate visa for acceptance of the stipend (award) and for the required duration of the award. The Center for Jewish History is not a visa-granting institution.
Requirements for Application

1. Cover letter stating area of interest, knowledge of relevant languages, and how the project relates to the general mission of the Center for Jewish History
2. Research proposal of no more than four pages double-spaced, including specific reference to the collections at the Center<> and clearly stated goals for research during the period of the fellowship
3. A one-page bibliography of important secondary sources for the project
4. Curriculum Vitae, including contact information, education, publications, scholarly and/or museum activities, teaching experience, and any other relevant work experience
5. Official graduate school transcript
6. Three letters of recommendation, which address the significance of the candidate’s work for his or her field, as well as the candidate’s ability to fulfill the proposed work
7. Letters should be sent under separate cover – or via a separate email – to the address below. All of the other application materials should be sent together electronically as one continuous PDF document.
All application material, including letters of reference, must be received by February 18, 2013 for consideration.

Applications are to be submitted to:
Judith C. Siegel
Director of Academic and Public Programs
Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011
United States of America
Email: fellowships [at]