Out of This World FAQ

Who is eligible for this program?

Any student currently enrolled in a graduate program (MA or PhD), whose research interests include any subfield of Jewish studies may apply. Admission is selective and preference will be given to more advanced students and those whose interests align with the program's theme.

How much does the program cost?

There is no cost associated with the program itself. Students are responsible for funding their transportation and lodging. If no applicable funds are available from students' home institutions, they may apply to the summer school for a fellowship to cover these costs. This application is found within the main summer school application.

What is the format of the program?

The summer school brings together 20-25 graduate students for an immersive experience with 10-15 different faculty members over the course of the program. Some faculty participate all week as ongoing mentors and conversation partners, while others come only for one day. Most teaching is seminar-style, with an emphasis on primary texts and student participation. There will also be sessions devoted to professionalization, methodology, and student research interests, and faculty will lead several tours and excursions to historic sites and museums in the area. Each day will be packed with teaching sessions, meals, and other events, so expect to be fully occupied for all five days.

What is expected from students?

Students are expected to participate for the entire week, becoming active partners in an invigorating and diverse collective experience. You will complete a set of readings designated for each teaching session, which will be distributed well in advance, and you may be called upon to introduce a speaker, lead a discussion, or talk about your own research, as applicable.

How do I apply?

Full instructions and the downloadable application are available at katzcenter.fluidreview.com. The deadline for submission is March 1, 2018.

Do I need a faculty recommendation?

Yes. One letter of recommendation is required. The recommender should address your suitability for the program as well as the potential benefits to your academic progress of participating in the program. Recommendations must be submitted via katzcenter.fluidreview.com by March 1, 2018.

May I submit my application or recommendation via email or post?

No. All materials must be uploaded through the website.

When will I be notified of my admission status?

We will notify you by email whether you have been accepted or not by April 1. If you have not been accepted you may choose to join a waiting list. All students must confirm their participation and travel arrangements by May 1, 2018.

For additional information, please contact Anne Albert at aoalbert@sas.upenn.edu.