The Katz Center’s international fellowship program is a unique and coveted opportunity to pursue new research in a supportive and collaborative environment. The fellowship has two goals—to support the work of individual scholars, and to draw them into a collaborative community bound together by a shared interest in a particular topic or theme. Scholars selected for a fellowship receive a stipend to support them for an academic year or semester, office space, access to Penn’s renowned library collections, and opportunities to share their work through seminars, conferences, publications, and more. In addition to advancing new research, the Center seeks to support early career scholars by creating mentoring and skills-building opportunities, and to connect scholars in North America, Israel, and other parts of the world.
This Year: America's Jewish Questions
In the 2020–2021 academic year, the Katz Center is delving into some of the most pressing debates within US history and Jewish history, and is examining vital questions shaping Jewish cultural studies, literary theory, and social scientific inquiry. Our visiting scholars are directing attention to the diversity of Jewish practices, politics, and peoples, at home and abroad, and are reconsidering many of the basic assumptions and concepts that have shaped the study of American Jews. Throughout the year, our international cohort of fellows are pursuing research that revises, reframes, or expands our understanding of American Jews, their history, religious life, politics, culture, and experience.
Call for Applications
Applications for the 2021–2022 academic year on the theme of Rethinking Premodern Jewish Legal Cultures are now closed; this is the first of two successive fellowship years devoted to Jews and the law. For additional details on next year's fellowship program, visit our Apply page, and to see our Frequently Asked Questions, visit our FAQ page.
To see a full list of past fellowship themes, visit our Past Years archive.
Proposing a Fellowship Theme
To learn about shaping the theme of a fellowship year at the Katz Center, visit our Proposing a Fellowship Theme page.