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.