Jews and Health 

Applications for this fellowship theme are closed. The call for the 2025–26 fellowship year will be posted here late in the spring of 2024! 

The Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies is pleased to announce that its 2024–25 fellowship year will be devoted to supporting new research at the intersection of Jewish studies and the study of health, medicine, and the body. The Center encourages applications from scholars aiming to illumine any aspect of health, health care, illness and/or embodiment as these relate to Jewish history, culture, and life experience, encompassing any period ranging from antiquity to the present. 

The Center invites applications from all disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, including social and cultural history, the history of science and medicine, anthropology, literature, gender studies, bioethics, public policy, legal studies, and other relevant fields. The fellowship is meant for scholars who are open to pursuing their individual research projects in a collaborative and interdisciplinary setting built around seminars, conferences, and other forms of intellectual exchange. 

The fellowship is open to scholars across the globe and the spectrum of academic life, from newly-minted early-career scholars to senior scholars, in order to promote intellectual community across disciplines, ranks, and national borders. 

Katz Center fellows are provided with the time and resources needed to pursue their individual projects (including an office, computer, and library privileges at the University of Pennsylvania), and are also expected to actively engage in the intellectual life of the fellowship community. All applicants must have a doctoral degree in hand by the start date of the fellowship. Fellows are expected to live in Philadelphia for the term of their fellowship. 

Please contact Steven Weitzman at with questions.


Opportunity for Penn Faculty

The Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, a part of the University of Pennsylvania, is excited to share an opportunity aimed at SAS 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. Please contact Steven Weitzman at with questions.