Call for Applications: Graduate Student Jewish Studies Research and Travel Grant

April 14, 2021

2021 Application for Graduate Student Jewish Studies Research and Travel Grant

Deadline for Applications: Monday, May 3, 2021 at 5 pm

The Cornell Jewish Studies Research and Travel Grant, funded by the Pearl and Otto Delikat Holocaust Memorial Fund, supports graduate students seeking to do archival or field research or to take advantage of learning opportunities not otherwise available on the Cornell campus. With the approval of their advisor, a student may apply for funding to cover expenses related to domestic travel, tuition for non-Cornell summer programs, and research expenses. Support for international travel will only be approved if Cornell guidelines permit such travel by summer 2021.

Please read these guidelines thoroughly. Students should feel free to consult with Jewish Studies director Deborah Starr about applying for a grant.

Guidelines and Eligibility

All Cornell graduate students are eligible, but demonstrated relevance of the proposed activity to Jewish Studies broadly conceived is a sine qua non for support.

Students may apply once per year, and may apply for and receive multiple grants.

Funding Amounts

In most cases, the maximum award per year will be $2,500. It is not prohibited for students to submit budgets in excess of this amount, but requested funds must be well-justified, and may not be approved in full even if a grant is awarded. Priority is given to first-time applicants. In the event of equally qualified and ranked applications, the committee will prioritize (i) those requesting smaller amounts and (ii) those with lower lifetime award totals.

Allowable expenses may include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. Travel and living expenses for research-related fieldwork or training, collections-based research, or ethnographic fieldwork.
  2. Tuition support for language, methodological and/or regional training broadly relevant to areas of dissertation research.
  3. Costs associated with equipment.

Submitted applications must contain the following components

an academic rationale for the project, set out in plain non-technical language. Present the project’s relevance, methods, and explain why it should be supported and how/why the applicant(s) can successfully carry out the project. Maximum 2 pages with minimum 1″ margins, double-spaced, 12 point font – including any and all references, figures, etc. Aim this document at educated general readers – convince them of the relevance/importance of your project – and avoid technical language/terms and jargon. Travel-only applications may be much shorter.

  • a budget, with justification for funds requested – maximum 1 page. If a standalone small project, then this budget is for the entire project. If the application is to support a larger project, then explain how the amount requested fits into the larger project and its budget; name the sources of the rest of the funding and when decisions on this other funding will be known. Jewish Studies expects that applicants will search out reasonably-priced options. Budgets for travel should include individual estimated costs for equipment, services, big-ticket transportation items (e.g., air, train, or bus) and lodging. Meals and incidental expenses should be calculated on a per diem basis (in other words, determine the average amount you think you will need to spend on meals and incidentals per day and multiply that by the number of days you will spend on-site). Personal vehicle use should be budgeted using the federal mileage rate (56 cents per mile in 2021).
  • a copy of your Cornell academic record through the most recent term (may be an unofficial transcript).
  • a brief letter of support from your advisor (no more than 300 words), which (i) explains how this project relates to your goals and progress at Cornell, and (ii) comments on the merits of the application.
  • a list of all previous funding applications (from Jewish Studies or external sources), and the status of those awards.
  • a signed copy of your affirmation and commitment to proper documentation of any successful award.

E-mail your application to Julie Graham by 5 pm on Monday, May 3. Decisions will be available shortly thereafter. We consider graduate applications at other times of the year subject to the availability of funds.

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