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Berman Early Career Fellowships
in Support of Research in the Social Scientific Study of the Contemporary American Jewish Community

Directed by the Association for Jewish Studies

2014 Competition

I. Summary

 

II. Eligibility
III. Selection Criteria
IV. Application
V.

Deadline

I. Summary

The Association for Jewish Studies is pleased to announce The Berman Foundation Early Career Fellowships in Support of Research in the Social Scientific Study of the Contemporary American Jewish Community. The Berman Early Career Fellowships aim to support the development and expansion of the field of the social scientific study of the North American Jewish community; enhance funding opportunities for early career scholars in the social sciences; encourage scholars in sociology, social psychology, social anthropology, demography, social work, economics, and political science to expand their research to include study of the North American Jewish community; and nurture a new generation of scholars in this critical area of research. Specifically, the fellowship will provide funds to offset scholars’ expenses in turning their dissertations into monographs or refereed journal articles. Candidates will be eligible for up to $16,000 in funding for the 2014-2015 academic year. Awards will vary based on a variety of factors, including the project budget and the scope of the proposed research. The fellowship may fund research travel, equipment and materials, and fieldwork, or help subsidize living expenses during the writing phase of the project. In doing so, the fellowship will enable recent PhDs to make significant contributions to the field at an early point in their academic career, as well as help position recipients to secure a tenure-track position or achieve tenure once in such a position.

Support for this project is generously provided by the Mandell L. and Madeleine H. Berman Foundation.

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II. Eligibility

Applicants must: 

  • Have deposited their dissertations no earlier than January 2011 and no later than August 2014.  Preference will be given to early career scholars who are actively seeking a tenure-track teaching or research position, who have secured temporary employment or post-doctoral funding that positions them competitively for a tenure-track appointment, or who are currently on a tenure-track appointment.
  • Applicants who have not yet deposited their dissertations must provide a letter from their university department stating that they are a student in good standing and are in a position to defend and deposit their dissertations prior to August 2014. Once the dissertation is deposited, and prior to August 2014, applicants must provide a second letter from their academic department confirming the completion and depositing of the dissertation.
  • Be based in a social scientific discipline, including sociology, social psychology, social anthropology, demography, social work, economics, and political science.
  • Have a long-term interest in conducting college- or university-based research and teaching in the social scientific study of North American Jewry.
  • Be a member of the AJS, or become a member of the AJS if they receive the award.

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III. Selection Criteria

Applications will be judged by a panel of leading social scientists in the study of contemporary Jewry. Criteria for evaluation include:

  • The project’s clarity, innovativeness, and potential contribution to the field.
  • The reasonableness of the proposed budget.
  • The applicant’s excellence and training in her/his field, as demonstrated through past publication record, teaching experience, coursework, and other related experience.
  • The feasibility of completing the project within the proposed timeframe.
  • The applicant’s promise as a contributor to the field of the social scientific study of the contemporary North American Jewish community.

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IV. Application

Submissions must include four collated copies of the following items (two-sided, please):

  • Application Cover Sheet
  • Application Statement (no more than six pages, single-spaced): Please summarize the proposed project (i.e. book monograph, refereed articles) and explain how your project’s particular approach to studying North American Jews both sheds light on the Jewish experience and also speaks to broader conversations in your social scientific discipline. The statement should include a clear timeline for the project, expected length and completion date, intended audience, plans for publication (including journals and/or academic presses you plan to submit to), and if relevant, chapter outline.
  • Writing sample (no more than forty pages, double- spaced).
  • CV
  • Research/fellowship budget with narrative (no more than two pages, single-spaced). Please specify if you expect to receive, or have applied to receive, any other funding to support the project you have proposed (i.e. to support research expenses or living expenses during writing phase of project).
  • Reference Form (please include the form with each letter of recommendation).

In addition, the applicant should arrange for the following to be sent directly to the AJS office:

  • Two letters of recommendation (please use the Reference Form). Letters of recommendation may be sent to the AJS via email as PDF’s or Interfolio. Please refer the letters to Ethan Zadoff, Grants and Communications Coordinator, ezadoff@ajs.cjh.org.

Mail application and supporting materials to:
Association for Jewish Studies
Berman Early Career Fellowships
15 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011

Questions??
Contact Ethan Zadoff
Grants and Communications Coordinator
at ezadoff@ajs.cjh.org
or 917.606.8249

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V. Deadline

AJS must receive applications, including all supporting materials, by Friday, March 21, 2014. Late, incomplete, faxed, or e-mailed applications will not be accepted. AJS will announce award decisions by May 2014.

Application Cover Sheet

Recommendation Form

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