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 Sound and Music of Jewish Life
During the 2023–24 fellowship year, the Katz Center turns its attention to the study of sound and music as a part of Jewish life. Fellows' research addresses a wide range of topics, among them the study of the Jewish voice in different religious and social settings, the use of song as a way of conveying the news, early efforts to develop a Jewish sign language, the contemporary orthodox female music industry, and many other exciting projects at the forefront of Jewish life past and present.
Get to know our fellows.
Call for Applications
Applications for the 2024–25 academic year on the theme of Jews and Health are open until October 18, 2023. 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.