The fellowship program invites roughly twenty scholars each year to conduct research on a specific theme within the various fields of Judaic studies. Each fellow is given an office at the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies in downtown Philadelphia, and receives research support from the Katz Center's staff and librarians. During the course of the year the fellows work on their individual projects and meet at weekly seminars to discuss their on-going research in the company of their colleagues. Intellectual camaraderie--sharing and mutual learning alongside scholars with diverse but focused interests--is the essence of the Katz Center's program. The fellows have ample opportunity to get involved with the academic life on Penn's campus, and to interact with students. At the close of the year, the results of the year's research are presented at the two-day Gruss Colloquium in Judaic Studies, at which the fellows and other invited scholars present the findings, collective and individual, of the year's research and open new avenues of inquiry. Selected work from the year is collected into a volume that is published as part of the series Jewish Culture and Contexts, by the University of Pennsylvania Press.


For any given theme year, the Katz Center invites applications from post-doctoral scholars in the humanities, social sciences, and the arts at all levels. All scholars whose work fits squarely into the proposed research topic are eligible to apply. Fellowships granted may be for one semester or the full academic year. Scholars are required to spend the term of the fellowship in residence in Philadelphia at the Katz Center. The fellowship is open to all scholars, national and international, who meet application terms. International scholars are appointed under a J-1 visa only (Research Scholar status). No exceptions can be made, and the Katz Center reserves the right to cancel awards if the recipient is unable to meet this condition. Applicants should consult the international programs office at their current university to confirm eligibility before applying for this fellowship.



What is required to apply?

1. Application form 2. A research proposal (less than 1000 words) 3. A current C.V. 4. Three (3) letters of recommendation

Can I apply for just one semester?

Yes, applicants can apply for a full year fellowship (September-April), a fall term fellowship (September-December), or a spring term fellowship (January-April). On the application form, you can indicate all terms in which you are interested.

When will successful applicants be notified?

By early March.

Fellowship Details and Requirements

What does the Katz Center provide to fellows?

Each fellow will be provided with an office at the Center, a computer, printing, copying, and scanning; and access to administrative assistance as well as access to our library and all libraries within the University of Pennsylvania Library system.

What does the Katz Center require of Fellows?

We require fellows to be present at the Center a minimum of four days per week (Monday through Friday) during the term of fellowship with the exception of university and Jewish holidays, and to participate fully in Center activities, which consist of a weekly seminar, occasional special events, and a year-end colloquium. Fellows are also encouraged to initiate their own ideas for how to promote intellectual and social interaction. The center offers numerous possibilities for public programming and sharing research with the wider community. These are completely optional and not obligatory, though many fellows find it very useful to share their work in this way.


How is the stipend calculated?

Stipend amounts are based on academic standing and financial need, ranging between $45,000 and $60,000 for the academic year.

What else is included in the stipend offer?

The Center provides single-coverage health insurance (fellows are responsible for coverage for any dependents). A modest one-time travel reimbursement is also provided.

Residency and Accommodations

Are fellows required to be in residence?

Yes, fellows are expected to be in residence at the Katz Center in Philadelphia at least four (4) days a week. We provide you with an office, computer, and general assistance while at the Center.

Does the Katz Center provide housing?

The Center does not provide housing and it is not included in the fellowship stipend. Should you receive a fellowship, we are available to assist you in your housing search, though you are ultimately responsible for securing your own accommodations.