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: Rethinking Premodern Jewish Legal Cultures
In the 2021–2022 academic year, the Katz Center is focusing on the theme of Rethinking Premodern Jewish Legal Cultures. The scholars bring expertise in law, drawing on a range of methodologies and evidence bases, and covering space and time from ancient Mesopotamia though medieval Sefarad and early modern Germany. Chosen from a particularly competitive pool of applicants, the incoming fellows hail from Israel, Western Europe, Brazil, Canada, and the US.
Call for Applications
Applications for the 2022–2023 academic year on the theme of Jews and Modern Legal Culture are now closed. 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.