Dissertation grants for Jewish Studies topics from Targum Shlishi

The following arrived in my mailbox and since I know a number of readers are ABD I thought I would share it here. Good luck (and finish that D!).


October 14, 2010 – Targum Shlishi is awarding four grants of $2,500 each during the 2010-11 academic year for dissertation research on Jewish Studies topics for students based either in the U.S. or Israel. The foundation is now accepting applications for the award.
This is the fifth year that Targum Shlishi has awarded grants for dissertation research. The research subjects of past grantees have included explorations into such diverse areas as student satisfaction with day school education, feminist reading in post-biblical literature, the philosophy and life of Franz Rosenzweig, and Jewish theology in the Holocaust.
“Supporting educational initiatives is one of the most important things we do as a foundation. We believe that Jewish education is the key to our future, and to that end, we have funded educational projects across the spectrum over the years, from early childhood to lifelong learning, from programs aimed at students to programs for teacher improvement,” notes Aryeh Rubin, director of Targum Shlishi. “In supporting dissertation research, we are making a statement about the critical importance of Jewish Studies. We believe that funding in this area of inquiry is seriously lacking, and that more dissertations would be produced if there was more financial support for Jewish Studies.”
To apply for a grant, applicants must submit the following information in English:
  • Name, email address, mailing address and phone number
  • Name of university presently attending and department of study
  • Title of dissertation
  • A brief description of dissertation topic—up to 1000 words which must include:
    1. Main goal of the research
    2. Relevance to your field
    3. Methods used
    4. Why it is important
    5. Status of research thus far
  • A paragraph of biographical information describing their educational background, related work, publications, and advisor’s name and advisor’s contact information.
Information should be e-mailed by December 3, 2010 to Judith Dach, Ph.D., education consultant for Targum Shlishi atjudy@targumshlishi.org; any questions should also be addressed to her. After receiving the brief description, Targum Shlishi may contact applicants requesting further information.
For in-depth information about the previous grants for dissertation support, please visit the press releases page on Targum Shlishi’s website, http://www.targumshlishi.org/press.html to read about past award winners.
About Targum Shlishi
Targum Shlishi is dedicated to providing a range of creative solutions to problems facing Jewry today. Premised on the conviction that dynamic change and adaptation have historically been crucial to a vibrant and relevant Judaism and to the survival of its people, Targum Shlishi’s initiatives are designed to stimulate the development of new ideas and innovative strategies that will enable Jewish life, its culture, and its traditions to continue to flourish. For more information on the foundation, visit its website: www.targumshlishi.org.
Contact: Judith Dach, Ph.D.
Phone: 954.559.9390

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