Undergraduate Research Scholars Program

Each year, a select cohort of undergraduate scholars, pursuing promising independent research, may apply to become a part of the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program in Jewish Studies. Scholars will receive funding for their research projects, which may include a senior honors thesis in any relevant discipline. Research scholars register for JEWISHST 497S (Research Scholars Colloquium), a half-credit course offered in the spring which meets monthly to discuss their progress and professional mentoring.  


Students listen in the ancient synagogue on Masada, ©David Blumenfeld, Duke Magazine

Undergraduate Research Scholars in the past have traveled to Brazil and Amsterdam in order to pursue research on the Judeo-Portuguese diaspora, to New York to research Jewish/ African-American post-civil rights relations, and have interned with Israeli President Shimon Peres and at the Union for Reform Judaism. 

Application Process

Applications from students engaged in independent scholarship or senior thesis research in any aspect of Jewish Studies are welcomed. Potential disciplines may include, but are not limited to: International Comparative Studies, History, Slavic Studies, Germanic Languages and Literatures, Religious Studies, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (AMES), Cultural Anthropology, Political Science, and Women's Studies.

You may apply at any time by submitting a one-page research-proposal, and a letter of recommendation from the faculty supervisor.

For more information about this program, please contact serena.elliott@duke.edu.