Prins Foundation Postdoctoral and Early Career Fellowship at the Center for Jewish History

The Center for Jewish History is pleased to offer a fellowship for emigrating postdoctoral and early career scholars through a grant from the Vivian G. Prins Foundation.

We invite foreign scholars who seek permanent teaching and research positions in North America to apply for this award, which will support 10-month fellowships for scholars who are at the beginning of their careers. Fellows will be provided with a stipend of up to $35,000 to conduct original research in the collections of the Center’s partners – American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum, and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

This award allows the Center to serve as the gateway for emerging scholars seeking to begin a new academic life in North America.

Responsibilities of the Prins Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow

  • Conduct original research using partner collections.
  • Deliver at least one lecture based on the research conducted.
  • Actively participate in the scholarly community at the Center. Each year the Center welcomes numerous fellows to work in Center partner collections including graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. The Prins Foundation Senior Scholar is expected to take part in the fellowship program’s bi-weekly meetings at the Center.
  • Acknowledge the Center for Jewish History and the Prins Foundation in all publications resulting from the fellowship.
  • Submit a report upon completion of the Fellowship describing her/his experience as a Center Fellow.


  • Open to foreign scholars from outside North America who seek permanent teaching and research positions and who are at the beginning of their careers. Preference will be given to candidates from Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Israeli citizens are not eligible.
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to have the appropriate visa for acceptance of the stipend for the duration of the award. The Center for Jewish History is not a visa-granting institution but will help facilitate the visa application process.
Application date
10 Feb 2017
10 months
America United States Mid-Atlantic
Humanities Anthropology & Ethnology Archaeology Architecture Art & Art History Classical Studies Digital Humanities History Linguistics Literature Media Studies Music & Musicology Philosophy Religion & Theology
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 9 years
Award granted
Up to US$ 35.000