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Fellowships in Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan

Translating Jewish Cultures

The 2020-21 year theme is Translating Jewish Cultures.

The Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan invites applications for residential fellowships over the 2020-2021 academic year to study the intersection of translation studies and Jewish studies. The Frankel Institute will bring together a group of scholars to consider how the study of translation might enrich and complicate our understanding of Jewish cultures from antiquity to the present. We invite scholarship that interprets the debates surrounding (national) translation projects, as well as the terms and metaphors for translation that have circulated in Jewish writing and thought over the centuries. Projects could also interrogate the figure of the Jewish translator as a cultural mediator. 


Fellowship applications are accepted from both tenured and untenured faculty as well as from recent Ph.D.’s without a tenure-track position and professors emeriti. Where appropriate, applications are accepted from independent artists, documentary film-makers, and writers.

Depending on rank, experience, and length of stay at the Institute, Fellows receive compensation ranging between $45,000–$66,000.  Additionally, University of Michigan health benefits are available for fellows who carry a 50% or greater appointment for four consecutive months.

Applications are reviewed by the Institute’s Steering Committee and at least two external evaluators drawn from the Institute’s Academic Advisory Board.  Notifications will be made no later than March 2020.

* Note: Past Frankel Institute Fellows, not from the University of Michigan, must have a 4 year break before they are eligible to apply.


To apply, please complete the online application.

  • Applications and Letters of Recommendation are due by Oct 8, 2019
  • You may save your application at any time and return to complete it later using the “Save as Draft” button at the bottom of the application form.
  • The application form does NOT automatically save – use the “Save as Draft” button frequently.
  • For long answers, we recommend typing your responses offline and copying them into the form.

To complete your application, you will need to upload the following documents in PDF format.

  • Abstract of your proposed fellowship project (100 words)
  • Description of your proposed fellowship project (1,000 words)
  • Current CV with a list of your publications
  • 1-2 samples of completed work and/or work in progress (not more than 40 pages each)

All documents and other materials must be in English.

Letters of Recommendation

  • Letters of recommendation will be solicited and submitted within the online application.
  • You must request three letters of recommendation.
  • You may request letters of recommendation at any point, even before you have submitted your application using the “Letter of Recommendation Request” feature at the bottom of the application form.
  • Letters of recommendation are due by Oct. 8, 2019, so please be sure to give your recommenders enough time to submit their letters.  We recommend requesting your letters of recommendation as early as possible. 


  • Applications will be available for submission beginning Aug., 2019.
  • Applications are due by Oct. 8, 2019.
Application date
America : United States (Great Lakes)
Humanities : Anthropology & Ethnology, Archaeology, Architecture, Art & Art History, Classical Studies, Digital Humanities, History, Philosophy, Religion & Theology
Required post-doc experience
Between 0 and 99 years
Award granted
US$ 45–66.000