Funding & Scholarships

The Center for Jewish Studies is pleased to offer a variety of funding opportunities for its undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral students. 

  • The Center for Jewish Studies actively supports undergraduate research and approved study in Israel.
  • Graduate study at the Center for Jewish Studies is aimed at interdisciplinary work that thoroughly investigates the rich history and cultural significance of Judaism. Students are encouraged to participate in archaeological experiences, as well as study abroad opportunities.
  • The Center for Jewish Studies encourages post-doctoral students to apply for a fellowship – focused on research, teaching, and a public lecture.

For more information regarding graduate financial assistance, please visit Financial Aid for Graduate Religion Students or contact email the Center for Jewish Studies.

Funding & Scholarships

Undergraduate Funding

Seymour H. Shore Endowment

Seymour H. Shore Endowment provides support for undergraduate scholarships for students who pursue academic work in the field of Judaic Studies

Interested students are asked to please contact the Center for Jewish Studies for further information at jewishstudies@duke.edu.

Graduate Funding

In addition to funding opportunities through the Department of Religious Studies and Graduate Studies, the Center for Jewish Studies is pleased to several offer opportunities for the advancement of Graduate Education.

Nathan J. Perilman Fellowship in Judaic Studies

The Perilman Fellowship is offered to incoming graduate students. The fund supporting this grant, our most prestigious fellowship in Jewish Studies, honors the memory of Rabbi Nathan Perilman, who, after serving at Temple Emmanu-El in New York City, joined the Triangle-area Jewish community in his retirement. (Listing of past and current Nathan J. Perilman Fellowship Recipients)

Perilman Summer Stipend

The Perilman Summer Stipend provides funding for doctoral students in Jewish Studies for summer research (maximum of $5,000 for AY 2016-17). Students are required to submit a one-page statement of a proposed summer  research agenda and a letter of endorsement from his or her advisor. The  specific amount awarded will depend upon previous grants received from the Center for Jewish Studies as well as other fellowships received for the period this award covers. Applications received by December 15 are guaranteed consideration; applications received after that date will be considered according to funds available.

Perilman Research Award

Graduate students in all disciplines that relate to Jewish Studies may apply yearly for a Perilman Research Award of up to $1000.00 per year. Preference will go to students who are presenting relevant papers at conferences, and/or participating in a relevant workshop or panel discussion. Applicants need to send a copy of their proposal, as well as appropriate acceptance/ invitation letter, and a proposed budget to serena.elliott@duke.edu. All expenses should be purchased directly by the Center for Jewish Studies.

Perilman Advanced Doctoral Research Grant 

Students entering their sixth year of doctoral work in Jewish Studies are eligible to apply for grant funding (maximum of $7,000 for AY 2016-17), usually to support completion of the dissertation although other research may be eligible. To apply, students are required to submit a one-page statement detailing a research agenda (usually dissertation topic, current status, plan for completion) for the academic year and a letter of endorsement from his or her advisor or the project  supervisor. The specific amount awarded will depend upon previous grants received from the Center for Jewish Studies as well as other fellowships received for the period this award covers. Applications received by December 15 are guaranteed consideration; applications received after that date will be considered according to funds available.

Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Perilman Post-Doctoral Fellowship

The Center for Jewish Studies at Duke University will not be taking applications for the Perilman Post-Doctoral Fellowship 2018-19 academic year.

About the Fellowship:

The Fellowship provides a stipend of $47,500 per year, as well as benefits, for one full year. The Fellow will be expected to be in residence, to conduct research in Duke's library and archival collections, to participate actively in the intellectual life of the university, to teach two semester courses over two years, and to give a public lecture on their research. The Fellow may not undertake any other sustained teaching or employment during his/her tenure at Duke. Preference will be given to candidates whose area of research and teaching most enriches the offerings already available on campus and whose presence in the Research Triangle promises the greatest contribution to the faculty and student intellectual community, as well as those for whom the use of the Duke library holdings and Special Collections will be most profitable. This postdoctoral fellowship honors the memory of Rabbi Nathan Perilman, who, after serving at Temple Emmanu-El in New York City, joined the Triangle-area Jewish community in his retirement.

Priority deadline: January 15, 2017.

Applicants must have earned the PhD within the past 3 years. Advanced doctoral students applying must include a statement from their dissertation supervisor indicating that they will have the Ph.D. in hand by July 1, 2017. Applicants should submit the following materials electronically, in .pdf form:

  • A letter of intent stating how applicant would use the year to further his/her research and scholarly publication (not to exceed 5 pages);
  • A current CV;
  • A writing sample, not to exceed 20 pages;
  • Three letters of recommendation, including one that speaks to applicant's teaching ability, emailed directly to Duke in .pdf form;
  • A statement of teaching interests, syllabi (both proposed, as well as those already taught);
  • An official transcript from the applicant's doctoral-granting institution.

Duke welcomes applications from all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, creed, religion, disability, age, sex, national origin, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other factors as prohibited by law. Previous applicants are eligible to re-apply.  Candidates from all American and foreign universities are welcome.

Applications should be sent to serena.elliott@duke.edu.

Phone interviews may be conducted for finalists.

Further information about the Duke Center for Jewish Studies may be found at http://jewishstudies.duke.edu.  Further information about post-doctoral services at Duke may be found at: http://postdoc.duke.edu/. Please send any questions to serena.elliott@duke.edu