JDC Archives Fellowship Program

The JDC Archives is pleased to present its Fellowship program. Five or six fellowships will be awarded each year to deserving scholars engaged in graduate level, post-doctoral, or independent study to conduct research in the JDC Archives, either in New York or Jerusalem. Research topics in the fields of twentieth century Jewish history, general history, and humanitarian assistance will be considered, as well as other areas of academic research covered in the JDC archival collections.

The JDC Archives documents the activities of the organization, from its inception in 1914 to the present. The repository houses one of the most significant collections in the world for the study of modern Jewish history. Comprising the organizational records of JDC, the overseas rescue, relief, and rehabilitation arm of the American Jewish community, the archives includes over three miles of text documents; 100,000 photographs; 1100 audio recordings, including oral histories, historic speeches and broadcasts; and 1300 video recordings. JDC’s historic films comprise another invaluable resource, ranging from the late 1920’s to 1979.

Available Fellowship Opportunities

The Fred and Ellen Lewis JDC Archives Fellowship

The Fred and Ellen Lewis/ JDC Archives Fellowship was established in 2011 with a generous gift to the JDC Archives from the estate of Ellen Lewis, a longtime JDC employee who worked for JDC from 1947 – 1985. One (1) or two (2) fellowships will be awarded each year to deserving scholars engaged in graduate level, post-doctoral, or independent study to conduct research in the JDC Archives facility in New York or Jerusalem. The amount granted will range from $2,000 to $5,000 per fellow.

The Ruth and David Musher JDC Archives Fellowship

The Ruth and David Musher/JDC Archives Fellowship, was established in 2014 with a generous gift from Ruth and David Musher, supporters of JDC who have deep roots in the American Jewish Community, as well as a long time commitment to Jewish education and academic research and scholarship. One (1) fellowship will be awarded each year to a deserving scholar engaged in graduate level, post-doctoral, or independent study to conduct research in the JDC Archives facility in New York or Jerusalem. The amount granted will be $2,500 per fellow per year.

The Sorrell and Lorraine Chesin JDC Archives Fellowship

The Sorrell and Lorraine Chesin/JDC Archives Fellowship was established in 2015 with a generous gift from Dr. Sorrell and Lorraine Chesin, supporters of JDC who have deep roots in the field of higher education, as well as a long time commitment to academic research and scholarship.

One (1) fellowship will be awarded each year to a deserving scholar engaged in graduate level, post-doctoral, or independent study to conduct research in the JDC Archives. The amount granted will be $2,500. Dr. Sorrell Chesin has dedicated his career to the advancement of higher education. His long tenure at the State University of New York at Albany from 1965-2013 included serving as Executive Director of the University of Albany Foundation. Dr. Chesin continues his involvement with the university as the President of the Board of Directors of the UAlbany Emeritus Center, an association of over 700 retired faculty, administrators and professionals who were granted emeritus status. 

Selection of Fellows

Candidates must submit applications by January 15, 2018 to the JDC Archives online. An Academic Advisory Committee consisting of leading scholars and members of the JDC Archives Committee will be responsible for selecting the fellows.

Fellowship Details

  • Stipends may be used towards travel, transportation, and living expenses.
  • Funds may not be used for family members.
  • Fellowship holders agree to deliver a public presentation on their research.
Application date
15 Jan 2018
Country
America United States Mid-Atlantic Middle East Israel
Discipline
Humanities History
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 99 years
Grants available
3-4
Award granted
US$ 2.000-5.000
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