Penn Faculty Fellowship

New Opportunity for Penn Faculty

Deadline: March 4, 2022

The Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, a part of the University of Pennsylvania, announces a new opportunity aimed at Penn faculty who want to become involved in the Center's annual fellowship program but cannot commit to the full-time participation that the regular fellowship requires.

Penn faculty may now apply for a course release from the Katz Center, made possible with support from the Office of the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. Recipients of the course release will be expected to participate in the Center's weekly seminars on Wednesday afternoons and weekly lunches on Mondays from 12:00–1:00 pm, and to make a presentation of their research during the year. Participation in other fellowship activities is strongly encouraged but not required.

Faculty may apply for a single course release per semester for one or both semesters during the year (one course per semester). Those seeking a full release from teaching for the year or a semester should apply to the Center’s regular fellowship program. The fellowship runs from September to the end of April. Please note that the Katz Center is off-campus, at 420 Walnut Street.


Any School of Arts and Sciences faculty member with regular teaching responsibilities within or beyond the tenure track is eligible to apply. Applicants’ proposed research should be related to the fellowship’s annual theme. For more information about the 2022–23 fellowship theme, Jews and Modern Legal Culture, click here.

Interested applicants should secure the support of their department chair and are advised to consult well ahead of time with their departments to avoid conflicts in scheduling classes and other obligations. In partnership with SAS, the course release will be paid to the faculty’s department and used solely for course replacement.

How to Apply

Before applying, please review the Katz Center’s fellowship details to confirm your research is relevant to the annual theme.

To submit an application, send an email directly to Katz Center Director Steven Weitzman at, with the following information in Word or PDF format:

  1. A 1–2-page (max. 1000 words) project proposal that briefly explains how your research relates to the theme for the upcoming fellowship year, details relevant academic background that prepares you to work on this subject, and envisions what you intend to accomplish by participating in the program. Please also specify whether you seek a course release in the fall, the spring, or for both semesters.
  2. A recent CV.
  3. A brief letter from your chair indicating support for your application.

We will confirm receipt of your application and reserve the right to seek additional information if needed.

Applications for the 2022–23 fellowship year will be accepted through March 4, 2022 and recipients will be notified by March 31, 2022.