Shatzmiller Fellowship Deadline EXTENDED!



Call for Applications

Duke University Joseph Shatzmiller Fellowship in Jewish Studies 

North Carolina Jewish Studies Seminar

Due Date: September 5, 2021

The North Carolina Jewish Studies Seminar invites applications for graduate fellows interested in participating in the life of the seminar. Named after Joseph Shatzmiller, an eminent Duke University Jewish historian and a longtime member of the seminar, these fellowships offer an opportunity to learn more about a range of Jewish Studies topics, meet and engage with prominent Jewish Studies scholars from across the country and the world, and receive mentorship from NC Jewish Studies scholars. Fellows will receive a research stipend of $750 and an opportunity to present their work to an interdisciplinary audience. Up to five fellowships will be offered.

The seminar meets about once a month during the academic year, on Sunday afternoons.  We bring nationally renowned and emergent scholars to discuss their work. Papers are pre-circulated. This year meetings will be held in a hybrid format – online and in person.  While the schedule has not yet been fully set, you can get a sense of our mission here: The call is open to graduate students with preference given to students at Duke, North Carolina State, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and Wake Forest.

Duke University Shatzmiller Fellows will be expected to attend the sessions regularly, and to prepare a presentation of their own work for the final session of the fall semester or the spring semester. Fellows will be encouraged to participate freely in intellectual exchange, both at the seminar and, location permitting, over dinners afterwards. 

Application requirements: CV, writing sample (10,000 words maximum), and 1-2 page letter of interest, which specifically discusses your research interests in Jewish Studies. Please email these materials to Julie Mell and Serena Bazemore ( under the subject heading Shatzmiller Fellows by September 5, 2021.


Please note that the first seminars of the year:

Aug. 29, 3:30 pm:  Dr. Pratima Gopalakrishan, Ph.D. (Rabbinics, Post-Doc, Duke)

Sept. 12,  TBApm:  Dr. Elke Morlok (Medieval & Early Modern Judaism, Seminar für Judaistik

Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt)