The Ostad Fellowship in Jewish Studies

Duke Students

The Duke Center for Jewish Studies is delighted to announce the establishment of The Ostad Fellows in Jewish Studies, made possible by a generous gift from Michael and Alana Ostad, P’92.

Ostad Fellowships will be awarded for undergraduate research in Jewish Studies; and preference will be given to proposals that focus on Jewish-Muslim relations and/ or women in Sephardic Judaism.  Other proposals in Jewish Studies will be considered depending on available funds.

Students will be required to submit:

  • a one-page proposal of their project
  • an estimated budget
  • a letter of recommendation from the faculty member overseeing the project

Faculty nominations are also welcome.

All materials should be sent directly to with the subject line “Ostad Fellowship.”

Applications are currently being accepted for fall 2021; however, due to the ongoing pandemic, we cannot guarantee that funding will be available in fall.  Successful applicants may be asked to postpone their proposed research until spring 2021, if necessary.