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 Modern Legal Culture
During the 2022–2023 fellowship year, the Katz Center turns its attention to the study of law between the 18th and 21st centuries, an age of transition from a world of empires to the modern age of the nation-state and international law. This year’s fellowship aims to encourage new research in the study of Jews and the law across disciplinary perspectives, a focus that includes Jewish law as it has developed in modern contexts as well as the role of Jews within other legal cultures. Get to know our fellows.
Call for Applications
Applications for the 2023–2024 academic year on the theme of The Sound and Music of Jewish Life will open in early June. 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.