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Center for Jewish History

Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions

Receipt Deadline: January 3, 2018

The Center for Jewish History is the foremost Jewish research and cultural institution in New York City. Opened to the public in October 2000 as the campus of five historical and archival organizations – American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum, and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research – the Center houses the largest repository of Jewish historical documentation outside of Israel.

Narrating the bulk of modern Jewish history, the collections encompass archival documents, volumes, and museum objects; range from the early-modern era in Europe and pre-colonial Sephardic communities across the Americas, to present-day materials from around the world, including every known portrait of American Jews painted before 1865; unparalleled numbers of Jewish communal organizations in Europe and their partners in immigration in North America; unpublished manuscripts and early first editions of known and esteemed authors; rare newspapers dating back to the 18th century in America and the Sephardic world; and some of the world’s most extensive documentation of the Holocaust, the global reaction, and post-war restitution efforts.

The Center offers fellowship opportunities for a range of researchers, from graduate students to senior scholars from across the U.S. and around the world, and hosts Scholars Working Groups, a Professional Development Series, and numerous scholarly seminars that create a thriving scholarly community. The Center will offer one NEH fellowship for 2018-2019.

Host Institutions: Center for Jewish History
Location: New York
Point of Contact: Christopher Barthel, Director of Academic Programs

About NEH Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions

The National Endowment for the Humanities provides grants to independent centers for advanced study and international research organizations to support fellowship programs for humanities scholars through its Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions (FPIRI). NEH fellowships provide scholars with stipends, a collegial environment, and access to resources that might not be available at their home institutions.

Fellowship programs may be administered by independent centers for advanced study, libraries, and museums in the United States, or American overseas research centers or other organizations that have expertise in promoting research on foreign cultures. The centers and organizations establish their own peer review procedures for the selection of NEH grant recipients and administer the awards. NEH provides funding for humanities fellowships of four to twelve months.

Amount of Award

Amount of the award will vary by the number and length of the fellowships offered by the host institution.


Centers and organizations applying for these grants may not be affiliated with an institution of higher education and must be independently governed, financed, and administered. In addition, they must have a pre-existing fellowship program maintained with non-NEH funding. Eligibility for NEH fellowships at these research institutions is limited to United States citizens and foreign nationals who have been residents in the United States for the three years immediately preceding the application deadline for the grant. NEH research opportunities are intended for persons who have already completed their formal academic training. Consequently, persons seeking support for work in pursuit of a degree are not eligible for NEH fellowships and research grants.

How to Apply

For more information and application instructions, please visit the program website listed above.