Lapidus Summer Fellowship Program


Lapidus Summer Fellowship Program


The Center for Jewish History and the American Jewish Historical Society offer six-week Fellowships to recent Ph.D.s and doctoral candidates conducting original research using the collections of the Center’s five partners: American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.


Fellows will take residence at the Center for Jewish History in NYC from June 16, 2014 through July 25, 2014. Each Fellow will be required to spend a minimum of three days per week in residence, working with archival and library resources in the Center’s Lillian Goldman Reading Room. Fellows should plan to be in residence the full week of June 16, 2014 to participate in orientation/archival training sessions.


Up to six Fellowships will be awarded in summer 2014. Applicants should be recent Ph.D.s, ABD or in the process of writing their dissertations. 


The program invites applications from candidates working in any field or period whose research stands to benefit from access to the collections housed at the Center for Jewish History ( However, preference will be given to work that meets the following criteria:


– Makes use of the collections of the American Jewish Historical Society;

– Focuses on 18th- and 19th-century topics;

– Draws on the resources of more than one Center partner.


Fellows will be required to attend bi-weekly brown bag lunch meetings and present the results of their research at an informal seminar. Upon completion of the Fellowship, each Fellow will be required to submit a report describing her/his experience as a Fellow.


Full Fellowships carry a stipend of up to $6,000 for a period of six weeks. Fellows from universities more than 125 miles away from New York City may be entitled to additional funding of up to $1,500 to offset residency requirements.


For full eligibility requirements and application instructions, please visit or contact Chris Barthel at cbarthel@cjh.orgThe application deadline is March 3, 2014.

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