JDC Archives Fellowship Program

The JDC Archives is pleased to present its Fellowship program. Five or six fellowships will be awarded each year to deserving scholars engaged in graduate level, post-doctoral, or independent study to conduct research in the JDC Archives, either in New York or Jerusalem. Research topics in the fields of twentieth century Jewish history, general history, and humanitarian assistance will be considered, as well as other areas of academic research covered in the JDC archival collections.

The JDC Archives documents the activities of the organization, from its inception in 1914 to the present. The repository houses one of the most significant collections in the world for the study of modern Jewish history. Comprising the organizational records of JDC, the overseas rescue, relief, and rehabilitation arm of the American Jewish community, the archives includes over three miles of text documents; 100,000 photographs; 1100 audio recordings, including oral histories, historic speeches and broadcasts; and 1300 video recordings. JDC’s historic films comprise another invaluable resource, ranging from the late 1920’s to 1979.

Selection of Fellows

Candidates must submit applications by January 21, 2019 to the JDC Archives online. An Academic Advisory Committee consisting of leading scholars and members of the JDC Archives Committee will be responsible for selecting the fellows.

Fellowship Details

  • Stipends may be used towards travel, transportation, and living expenses.
  • Funds may not be used for family members.
  • Fellowship holders agree to deliver a public presentation on their research. 

Available Fellowship Opportunities

The Fred and Ellen Lewis Fellowship

The Fred and Ellen Lewis/JDC Archives Fellowship was established in 2011 with a generous gift to the JDC Archives from the estate of Ellen Lewis, a longtime JDC employee who worked for JDC from 1947 – 1985. One (1) or two (2) fellowships will be awarded each year to deserving scholars engaged in graduate level, post-doctoral, or independent study to conduct research in the JDC Archives facility in New York or Jerusalem. The amount granted will range from $2,000 to $5,000 per fellow. Qualified candidates are encouraged to click the links below to apply.

The Ruth and David Musher Fellowship

The Ruth and David Musher/JDC Archives Fellowship was established in 2014 with a generous gift from Ruth and David Musher, supporters of JDC who have deep roots in the American Jewish Community, as well as a long-time commitment to Jewish education and academic research and scholarship. One (1) fellowship will be awarded each year to a deserving scholar engaged in graduate level, post-doctoral, or independent study to conduct research in the JDC Archives facility in New York or Jerusalem. The amount granted will be $2,500 per fellow per year. Qualified candidates are encouraged to click the links below to apply.

The Sorrell and Lorraine Chesin Fellowship

The Sorrell and Lorraine Chesin/JDC Archives Fellowship was established in 2015 with a generous gift from Dr. Sorrell and Lorraine Chesin, supporters of JDC who have deep roots in the field of higher education, as well as a long-time commitment to academic research and scholarship. One (1) fellowship will be awarded each year to a deserving scholar engaged in graduate level, post-doctoral, or independent study to conduct research in the JDC Archives. The amount granted will be $2,500. Dr. Sorrell Chesin has dedicated his career to the advancement of higher education. His long tenure at the State University of New York at Albany from 1965-2013 included serving as Executive Director of the University of Albany Foundation. Dr. Chesin continues his involvement with the university, serving on the Board of Directors and in leadership positions at the UAlbany Emeritus Center, an association of several retired faculty, administrators, and professionals who were granted emeritus status upon retirement

Lorraine Chesin began her career in arts education before transitioning to the field of social work. She served in administrative positions at the Rensselaer County Department of Mental Health in Troy, NY, for many years, retiring as Commissioner. Since her retirement in 2002, Lorraine Chesin has pursued her longtime interest in art and has presented her work in many exhibitions.

The Max and Cecil (Steuer) Chesin Fellowship

The Max and Cecil (Steuer) Chesin/JDC Archives Fellowship was established in 2017 with a generous gift from Dr. Sorrell and Lorraine Chesin to honor Max and Cecil (Steuer) Chesin, the parents of Sorrell Chesin. One (1) fellowship will be awarded each year to a deserving scholar from outside the United States engaged in graduate level, post-doctoral, or independent study to conduct research in the JDC Archives. The amount granted will be $2,500.

The JDC Archives Regional Fellowship

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee is pleased to present a JDC Archives Regional Fellowship for regional research focused on Israel and North African Jewish communities. This fellowship was established in 2017, sponsored by Ruth and David Musher, supporters of JDC, who have deep roots in the American Jewish community and a long-time commitment to Jewish education, academic research and scholarship. Four fellowships will be granted in total over several years to deserving scholars engaged in graduate level, post-doctoral, or independent study to conduct research in the JDC Archives on the following topics:

  • JDC’s work in Israel and the Yishuv
  • JDC’s work in the Jewish communities of North Africa

The amount granted will be $2,500.

The Martin and Rhoda Safer JDC Archives Fellowship

The Martin and Rhoda Safer/JDC Archives Fellowship was established in 2016 by the family of Brian and Fae Safer in loving memory of his parents, to recognize the importance of the educational efforts of the JDC. One (1) fellowship was awarded in both 2016 and 2017 to a deserving scholar engaged in graduate level, post-doctoral, or independent study to conduct research in the JDC Archives. This fellowship is no longer available.

Application date
Country
America : United States (Mid-Atlantic)
Middle East : Israel
Discipline
Humanities : History
Required post-doc experience
Between 0 and 99 years
Grants available
5-6
Award granted
US$ 2.000-5.000
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