International Fellowship

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: Jews and Health

The 2024–25 fellowship year is devoted to supporting new research at the intersection of Jewish studies and the study of health, medicine, and the body.  The cohort of scholars will look at illness health in Jewish life and thought through a range of lenses: examining institutions and social systems, histories of medicine, gender, literary discourse, and social sciences using data drawn from antiquity to the present. 

Get to know our fellows.

Call for Applications

Applications for the 2025–26 academic year on the theme of New Frontiers in Contemporary Jewish Life: Cultural Expansions, Encounters, and Experiments are open until November 11, 2024. For additional details on next year's fellowship program, visit our Apply page, and to see our Frequently Asked Questions, visit our FAQ page.

Past Years

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.

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