University of Minnesota
Center for Jewish Studies

Center for Jewish Studies

Scholarships, Prizes and Fellowships

For more information, contact Professor Riv-Ellen Prell, director of the Center for Jewish Studies, or 612-624-4914. Applications should be sent to the Center for Jewish Studies,


Jerome L. Joss Graduate Student Research Grant

Amount: Awards vary from year to year, based on number and quality of applications.

Support for graduate students who are formulating, researching, or writing dissertations or papers for publication in which the focus of inquiry is in a field of Jewish studies.

Submissions for the next Joss Award are due by Nov. 20th 2015!


Spring semester 2016:

Leo & Lillian Gross Scholarship in Jewish Studies

Amount: $1000.

Support for full time undergraduate students with academic promise and financial need, who are actively pursing a major or minor in Jewish Studies, or whose academic interests and goals include the field of Jewish Studies.

Application deadline: TBA.

Eligibility requirements;

  • The recipient of the award shall be a full-time (at least 13 credits) student in CLA.Currently enrolled as an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota and continued enrollment for the 2015-2016 academic year.
  • Pursuing a major or minor in Jewish Studies and continuing to pursue their Jewish Studies degree in the 2015-2016 academic year.
  • Successfully completed at least one Jewish Studies course.
  • High academic performance.

Student may qualify for funds from this award for more than one year, as long as they are making good progress toward their degree in Jewish Studies and continue in high academic standing.

Application requirements:

Applicants are asked to submit the following to no later than April 1, 2015:

  • A letter of application, max. 2 pages, stating the importance of Jewish Studies in your undergraduate education and your future goals.
  • Undergraduate transcript.
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty members. One letter must be from a professor with whom you took a Jewish Studies course. Please request that the letters are sent to

Goldenberg Prize for outstanding essays in Jewish Studies

Amount: $500

Graduate and Undergraduate students at the University of Minnesota are invited to submit a research paper in the field of Jewish Studies. The paper may investigate any time period, from antiquity to the present day.

Application deadline: TBA


1. Papers must be typed, double-spaced, and include a cover sheet stating:

  • Name.
  • Address, phone number, and e-mail address.
  • Undergraduate major.
  • Academic standing (e.g., freshman, sophomore).
  • The title of the paper.

2. Eligible undergraduate students must be enrolled full-time (at least 13 credits) for the 2014-2015 academic year. Graduate students must also be enrolled full-time. All applicants must be in high academic standing.

3. Send essay to:

Theresa and Nathan Berman Graduate Fellowship in
Jewish Studies & Leo and Lillian Gross Scholarship in Jewish Studies

Amount: $1000-$2500

Support to full-time graduate students doing research in an area of Jewish Studies and who demonstrate potential in their field. Funding is for summer fellowships and may be extended to the following academic year.

Application deadline: TBA

Eligibility requirements:

  • Full-time graduate students enrolled in CLA for the 2015-2016 academic year seeking a Ph.D.
  • Priority will be given to students who are in the dissertation phase or immediate pre-dissertation phase (post oral preliminary exams at time of award), but we will also consider applications from M.A. students.
  • Applicants have demonstrated outstanding academic promise and potential in their fields and propose to write a dissertation that will make a contribution to the field of Jewish Studies.
  • Willingness to share research results with an appropriate audience.
  • Grants may be used to defray special costs related to research, such as travel expenses, equipment, specialized books and materials, presenting a paper at a scholarly conference, and extensive photocopying.

Application requirements:

  • Letter of interest, max. 2 pages. Include information on your scholarly background, career goals, and how this support will advance your research agenda.
  • Detailed project description, including research project title (up to 3 pages, single-spaced, 12-point font; also include information on the current status of the project, and whether or not it is to form the basis of your dissertation). Please include a budget. Fellowships will be awarded for use after July 1, 2015 and must be spent by the end of the 2015-2016 academic year.
  • Current CV.
  • Graduate transcript
  • Letter of recommendation from advisor.

Funds will be awarded competitively based on the quality of the proposal.

Jonathan Paradise Modern Hebrew Study Prize

Amount: $1000

The Center for Jewish Studies will award at least one prize for the 2015-2016 academic year to an undergraduate student who will be enrolled in Hebrew 5090 Advanced Modern Hebrew. The Professor Jonathan Paradise Fund for Modern Hebrew Language was established to continue its study.

Application deadline: TBA

Interested students should submit an unofficial transcript of all college work, including any transfer coursework. They should also include a one-page essay detailing their interest in Modern Hebrew, including reasons for their desire to continue its study. Strong essays will provide specific examples illustrating their points.


  • Must be in good academic standing.
  • No less than a 3.5 GPA or its equivalent.
  • A 3.8 GPA in Modern Hebrew.
  • Must have completed, or have in progress, the prerequisite to enroll in HEBR 5090 (Advanced Modern Hebrew), provide evidence of enrollment in 5090 by May 15, 2015, and provide transcript evidence of completion by January 15, 2016.