Seymour H. Shore Scholarship Program

Undergraduate and graduate students engage in incredible opportunities at the Duke Center for Jewish Studies.

Each year, a select cohort of undergraduate and graduate scholars, pursuing promising independent research, may apply to become a part of the Seymour H. Shore Scholarship 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 may meet with Jewish Studies faculty at any time to discuss their progress and professional mentoring. 

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

Undergraduate Research Scholars in the past have traveled to Spain and Israel to explore how memory exists in contemporary societies, Brazil and Amsterdam in order to pursue research on the Judeo-Portuguese diaspora, and New York, Washington D.C., and London to research Jewish/ African-American post-civil rights relations.

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.

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The Seymour H. Shore Fellowship in Judaic Studies was made possible by a generous gift in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Seymour H. Shore by his children, Neal Shore (T’80, SOM’84), and Jennifer Shore Fertig (T’85).