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Dissertation Completion Fellows

This non-service fellowship supports a promising Carolina graduate student working in Jewish Studies in the advanced stages of his or her career at Carolina. The Dissertation Fellowship enables a student to focus full time on scholarship, improving quality and shortening the time required to complete a Ph.D. degree. This fellowship is available to all students in doctoral programs at Carolina whose work makes a contribution to the interdisciplinary field of Jewish Studies. Awardees receive a competitive $23,000 stipend, plus payment for the three-credit dissertation tuition, fees, and health insurance for one academic year. NOTE: TEP Fellows are not eligible for the Dissertation Completion Fellowship. Awardees will be scheduled to give an academic talk or seminar regarding their dissertation topic during the year they hold the fellowship.


The Center has offered these fellowships for more than 10 years, funded through various private gifts. Awardees:

  • 2023-2024: Tara Jordan, music, and Morgan Morales, history
  • 2022-2023: Emily Branton, religious studies
  • 2021-2022: Miguel Vargas, religious studies
  • 2020-2021: Max Lazar, history
  • 2019-2020: Daniela R.P. Weiner, history
  • 2018-2019: Brad Erickson, religious studies
  • 2017-2018: Robin Buller, history
  • 2016-2017: Daniel Schindler, religious studies
  • 2015-2016: Sarah Workman, English & comparative literature
  • 2014-2015: Guy Shalev, anthropology
  • 2013-2014: Anna Kushkova, anthropology
  • 2012-2013: Naomi Graber, music


The Center accepts applications for the Dissertation Completion Fellowship from current Carolina graduate students each spring semester. Application details.