Call for Applications: National Endowment for the Humanities Scholar in Residence

Through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) the Center for Jewish History (the Center) invites applications for an NEH Scholar in Residence that will support original research conducted at the Center. Applications are welcome from scholars working in a broad range of fields within the humanities and social sciences. The application deadline is December 15, 2021, for a residency from July 2022 through June 2023.

Applications are welcome from scholars in any field who have completed a PhD more than six years prior to the start of the fellowship and whose research will benefit considerably from consultation with materials 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.

Fellowships carry a stipend of $60,000 for a period of 12 months. Fellows are expected to conduct original research at the Center, deliver at least one public program based on the research conducted, and actively participate in the scholarly community at the Center. Fellows must acknowledge the Center and the National Endowment for the Humanities in all publications resulting from research completed during the fellowship and submit a report upon completion of the fellowship describing the experience.

Assesment Criteria

  • The ambition, scope, and intellectual significance of the proposed project.
  • The quality and impact of the applicant’s prior work in their respective field.
  • The overall clarity and intelligibility of the proposal, with its aims clearly conveyed.
  • The feasibility and appropriateness of the project proposal, including the applicant’s disciplinary and linguistic training and, when relevant, the soundness of the dissemination and access plans.
  • The likelihood that the applicant will become part of the life of the Center for Jewish History for the time of the fellowship by using its collections for the proposed project and participating in Center events.

The NEH Scholar in Residence will join a larger cohort of long- and short-term fellows within the Center’s Fellowship Program. The Center seeks to build a fellowship cohort that is diverse in race, ethnicity, and gender as well as academic rank, geographic location, and field of study. Qualified individuals who would bring diverse perspectives and experiences to the fellowship are especially encouraged to apply.

Requirements for Application

  • Cover letter stating area of interest, how the project relates to the mission of the Center for Jewish History, and how the project will benefit from the residency (no more than one page).
  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • Research proposal (no more than 1500 words), including specific reference to the collections at the Center and clearly stated goals for research during the period of the fellowship.
  • A one-page bibliography of important secondary sources for the project.
  • Contact information for three references who can speak to the significance of the candidate’s work.

Please submit applications by email as one continuous PDF file by December 15, 2021, to:

Julie Kaplan
Manager of Public Programs
15 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011
United States of America
Email: fellowships@cjh.org

Learn more about the National Endowment for the Humanities Scholar in Residence


Posted: October 15, 2021
Tagged: Fellowships