Graduate Student Grants

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Guidelines  for Graduate Student Grants and Awards

Thanks to  generous private support, the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies is able to  offer several different types of grants supporting graduate student research  and travel.

There are three types of grants available: Research and travel grants, summer stipends, and the Rhonda A. and Robert Hillel Silver Graduate Fellowship.

Research  and travel grants (award amounts: $500-3,000)
Deadline: January 20, 2015

With these grants, the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies supports graduate student research and travel,  including travel to present papers at scholarly meetings.  This grant can be used to reimburse travel costs pertaining to research projects and/or costs for materials required for research, as well as to reimburse costs for travel, room, board, and registration costs at domestic or international conferences. Applicants must be graduate students working on a topic in Jewish Studies. Students applying for grants to present at a conference must already have a paper on a Jewish Studies topic accepted for delivery at an academic conference. Please note that for scholarly meetings, the maximum amount of support is $1,000 for a domestic conference and $2,000  for an international conference.
Application Form: application.gradresearchtravel2013-14

Summer stipend
Deadline: January 20, 2015

The purpose of this stipend is to provide support to graduate students working  in Jewish Studies who normally do not have sources of support during the summer months.  The summer stipend is designed  to enable students to focus exclusively on their research and move forward more  quickly toward the completion of their degree. Applicants must  provide information on all funding for which they have applied, and all funding  that has been received, including teaching and research assistantships for every  semester they have been enrolled, inclusive of each summer since first  enrollment in their graduate program. The Director of Graduate Studies will  need to confirm this information in their nomination statements for each  nominated applicant.  This fellowship is  designed to support graduate students by providing three summer months of funding in which the student can focus exclusively on his/her own research, under the guidance of his/her faculty mentor. Only students who will be fully enrolled for both the spring semester and fall semester before/after the summer of the award are eligible to apply. In order for the student to be able to  devote her/himself exclusively to this summer research, it is expected that the  student will not be enrolled in any courses or hold any TA, RA or other service  position throughout the summer months. Students who have completed most or all of their coursework and preliminary exams and  who are ready to focus on their dissertation research will be most competitive  for this award. Please note that students  are not eligible to apply if  they currently have a 12-month fellowship or other funding covering the summer, including financial support from teaching online or summer courses.
Eligibility:  Applicants must be full-time Carolina graduate students for whom Jewish Studies represents a significant portion of their research interests.  All graduate students who receive grants from the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies will be expected to complete a brief follow-up report within six weeks of completion of the grant.
Application Procedures: Only completed applications will be considered. All grant applications require a Carolina Center for Jewish Studies cover sheet or application form. Download and complete the appropriate form for the grant or grants for which you wish to apply, and email your completed application materials in a single PDF file to
Application Form: application.gradsummer2013-14

Rhonda A. and Robert Hillel Silver Graduate  Fellowship
Deadline: Check back later in fall semester for updates regarding this grant.

This fellowship will  be used to support a graduate student in Jewish Studies with a competitive non-service  fellowship. This  non-service fellowship, made possible through the generosity of Rhonda and  Robert Hillel Silver, ’77, supports a promising graduate student working in  Jewish Studies in the advanced stages of his or her career at Carolina.  This fellowship enables a student to focus  full time on his or her scholarship, improving quality and shortening the time  required to complete a Ph.D. degree.

Eligibility: This fellowship is available  to all students in doctoral programs at Carolina whose work makes a  contribution to the interdisciplinary field of Jewish Studies.  This fellowship is designed to support  students during their final years of graduate study.  Priority may be given to students with a  formally approved dissertation prospectus, but students with a clearly defined  project without an approved prospectus are also encouraged to apply.
Engagement in research:  Students who accept this fellowship must be engaged full-time on research and/or writing of the  dissertation, including regular communication with their advisor.
Registration:  Students may only register for 3 credit hours  of Doctoral Dissertation Credit (994). [This tuition is paid by the grant.]
Outside Employment:
No service award, fellowship, scholarship or outside employment may be held  during the award period without prior permission from the Carolina Center for  Jewish Studies.
Reporting:  Students who receive a graduate fellowship from the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies will be expected to file a 3-page report detailing their progress at the end of the fellowship year and may be asked to give a presentation on their research to the advisory board of the Center.
Award: Awardees receive a  competitive $16,000 stipend, plus payment for the three-credit dissertation tuition, fees, and health insurance for one academic year.  Award notifications will be sent out in the middle of April for the following  academic year [August 2014-May 2015].
Application Form: application.silver2013-14