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: The Jewish Home: Dwelling on the Domestic, the Familial, and the Lived-In
In the 2019–2020 academic year, the Katz Center is devoted to the home, and seeks to advance research that will shed light on this most formative and intimate of contexts for Jewish life. As an object of inquiry, the home has not one door but many. We are planning a year that will look into the Jewish home across many different thresholds and look back out from the home into the broader world. Relevant topics may include the history of domestic architecture and material culture, anthropological research into kinship, parenting, gender roles, and master-servant relationships; literary instantiations of the home as an object of memory and imagination; representations of Jewish domesticity in the visual arts, including theater, film, and television; the analysis of Jewish law as it relates to family life and sex; the economics of consumption and display; the ritual study of the life cycle as it plays out in domestic contexts; and urban studies that approach the home as part of neighborhoods or larger social contexts.
Call for Applications
Applications for the 2020–2021 academic year on the theme of America’s Jewish Questions are now closed. Fellows will be announced in the spring of 2020. Applications for the 2021–2022 year will be open in the summer. For additional details on applying to the fellowship program, visit our Apply page.
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.