Intellectual camaraderie—sharing and mutual learning alongside scholars with diverse but focused interests—is the essence of the Katz Center's program. The fellowship program brings roughly twenty scholars each year for stays of varying length to conduct research on a shared annual theme within the field of Judaic studies. During the course of the year fellows work on their individual projects and meet in weekly seminars to discuss their ongoing research in the company of their colleagues. Fellows have ample opportunity to be involved in academic life on Penn's campus, and to interact with students; a very few fellowships are teaching fellowships, which allow their recipients to work closely with students in small classes. Fellows conceive and speak in colloquia open to wider academic audiences at the close of each semester, to present their research and open new avenues of inquiry. Selected work from the year is collected into a volume that we publish in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania Press as part of our Jewish Culture and Contexts series.
The application deadline is October 31st. Decisions are announced in early March.