Undergraduate Funding

Seymour H. Shore Endowment

The Seymour H. Shore Endowment provides support for undergraduate scholarships for students who pursue academic work in the field of Judaic Studies.

Shore Undergraduate Research Scholars Program in Jewish Studies

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. 

Undergraduate Research Scholars have participated in the following opportunities:

  • Travel to Brazil and Amsterdam in order to pursue research on the Judeo-Portuguese diaspora
  • Research in New York on Jewish/ African-American post-civil rights relations
  • Creation of mobile apps in connection with Computer Science
  • Internship at Yad Vashem
  • Internship with former Israeli President Shimon Peres
  • Research at the Union for Reform Judaism
  • Archeological digs in Israel and Jordan
  • Study abroad in Israel, Russia, Germany, Poland, Spain, Brazil, Portugal, England, and many other exciting locations

Further information may also be found at: https://jewishstudies.duke.edu/seymour-h-shore-scholarship-program

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, Computer Science, Germanic Languages and Literatures, Religious Studies, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (AMES), Cultural Anthropology, Political Science, and Women's Studies.

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

Please send proposals, including a budget, and recommendation to serena.elliott@duke.edu


Ostad Fellowship in Jewish Studies

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 serena.elliott@duke.edu 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.