Duke University Center for Jewish Studies

Research Fellowships in Jewish Studies and the Hebrew Bible

The David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library and the Center for Jewish Studies are pleased to announce the availability of new fellowships to support scholars, students, and independent researchers whose work would benefit from access to the Judaica materials held by the Rubenstein Library, the Duke Divinity School Library, and/or Perkins Library. Applicants must live outside of a 100-mile radius from Durham, NC.

  • Grant recipients will receive up to $1500 per week for funding, plus airfare

  • Grants must be used between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015

  • Grant recipients will be required to submit a research report, both verbally via an informal luncheon colloquia and a written report

  • Complete applications must be received by March 29, 2014

For more information and to download a copy of the application form with submission instructions please visit:http://library.duke.edu/rubenstein/research/grants-and-fellowships/jewish-studies. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications electronically.

The Jewish Studies collections at Duke Libraries include a wide variety of resources, from current publications, films and videos to rare and unique manuscripts and archival material. An impressive collection of Pesach Haggadot is hosted in the Rubenstein Library, spanning over 1000 years of history, from five continents, written in several different languages, and created for a variety of specific purposes. Many of these Haggadot are part of the Abram and Frances Pascher Kanof Collection of Jewish Art, Archaelogy and Symbolism, which also has an exceptional collection of unique art books by Jewish and Israeli artists, as well as Jewish ceremonial art pieces.  The Rubenstein’s Southern Jewish History collections include the personal papers of prominent Jewish families and individuals in the region; its Human Rights Archive holds the personal papers of the distinguished Jewish rabbi and human rights activist Marshall T. Meyer.

In addition to these special collections, Duke Libraries also holds a growing collection of modern Hebrew literature, both in the original Hebrew and in translation, as well as modern Jewish history, Zionism, the history and society of Israel, and the Arab-Israeli conflict.  The microform collection includes Testaments to the Holocaust from the Wiener Library, and the Guenzburg Collection of Hebrew Manuscripts in the Russian State Library, as well as Historical Hebrew Newspapers, to name but a few.

The Divinity School Library holds our collections of ancient and medieval Jewish history, as well as Biblical studies, Ancient Near East archeology and cultures, and Rabbinic literature.

For more information regarding these collections and for links to the catalogs, please visit:


Applicants are encouraged to contact Jewish Studies Librarian Rachel Ariel before submitting their application. In our experience, those who spoke with a staff member about their projects before submitting an application have produced stronger applications. For detailed inquiries about our holdings, e-mail is the preferred mode of contact. Contact information is listed below:

David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Box 90185

Duke University

Durham, NC  27708-0185

E-mail: rachel.ariel@duke.edu

Website: http://library.duke.edu/rubenstein/research/grants-and-fellowships/jewish-studies

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications electronically.

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