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Jewish Studies and Research Travel Grant
2021 deadline: May 3, 5 pm ET
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.
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:
- Travel and living expenses for research-related fieldwork or training, collections-based research, or ethnographic fieldwork.
- Tuition support for language, methodological and/or regional training broadly relevant to areas of dissertation research.
- 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 May 3. Decisions will be available shortly thereafter. We consider graduate applications at other times of the year subject to the availability of funds.
Course Development Grant
The Cornell Jewish Studies Program is accepting proposals for a New Course Development Grant. Cornell faculty interested in developing a new course to be cross-listed with Jewish studies in 2022-23 are invited to apply. Jewish studies particularly encourages proposals for innovative courses in disciplines, fields, regions, or topics not already covered by existing Jewish studies (JWST) courses.
The grant is comprised of a stipend and a budget for course-design related expenses. Jewish studies also offers support to bring in speakers or host events connected to the course during the semester when it is offered.
About Jewish Studies
The Cornell Jewish Studies Program was founded on the conviction that the record contained in the languages, literature, and history of the Jewish people, as developed across the globe and over thousands of years, are an integral part of the human heritage. Jewish Studies invites critical engagement with a range of cross-disciplinary issues that have long engaged scholars in the humanities and social sciences, including: diaspora; inter-group relations; and migration.
Jewish Studies Course Criteria
This grant can be used to fund the development of any course that merits cross-listing in Jewish Studies. Some Jewish Studies courses focus on entirely Jewish studies subject matter - Jewish texts, histories, cultures, representations, objects, etc. Other Jewish studies courses take a comparative approach. As a rule of thumb, Jewish studies will cross-list courses that devote some portion of the class (usually a minimum of 1/3) to Jewish studies subjects considered in a comparative or theoretical context. In general, Jewish studies courses are parented in the faculty member’s home unit and cross-listed with Jewish studies.
- Grantees will receive a $3000 stipend.
- Applicants may request up to $1000 (payable to the grantee’s research account) to support the purchase of materials required for course preparation and design (Budget required at time of application).
- Jewish studies also encourages applicants to consider hosting a speaker, roundtable, film screening, performance, etc., in the context of the class. Applicants may request up to an additional $1000 to support events open to students in the class and the wider Cornell community (Budget required at time of application).
Any continuing Cornell faculty members are eligible to apply, including: tenure stream; professor of the practice (any rank); and lecturer/ senior lecturer.
Conditions of Grant
Jewish studies expects funded courses to be taught at least two times over five years, with the hope that courses will continue to be offered regularly.
Deadlines for the 2022-23 Grant Competition
- December 1, 2021: Submission Deadline
- December 17, 2021: Awards Announced
- Summer 2022: Funds Disbursed
- Fall 2022 or Spring 2023: Course Offered
How to Apply
To apply, please submit the following materials via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 1, 2021. Supporting documents should be sent as email attachments in one of the following file formats: .pdf; .doc; .docx; .xls; or .xlsx.
- Application form signed by both the applicant and the department chair / program director confirming that the unit will parent the course and that the applicant will be permitted to teach the course on a cycle that will meet the conditions of the grant.
- A proposal that includes:
- Course description
- Rationale for offering the course
- Information about course level and academic unit parenting the course.
- Applicants requesting funds to support the purchase of materials must submit a budget for anticipated expenses.
- Applicants requesting support of a complementary event should include a description of the event, names of proposed guests, list of possible dates, and a preliminary budget.
Please direct any questions to Deborah Starr, Director of the Jewish Studies Program: email@example.com