One-Year Fellowship in Jewish Studies 2017/18 - The European Institute for Jewish Studies in Stockholm, Sweden

Publish Date: Nov 30, 2016

Deadline: Jan 15, 2017

One-Year Program Fellowship At Paideia

Paideia is currently accepting applications for fellowships to 2017-2018 One-Year Jewish Studies Program. The program offers the possibility of completing a 120 ECTS Master Degree in Jewish Civilizations at the Hochschule für Jüdische Studien in Heidelberg, Germany.


  • Academic studies of Jewish text, culture, tradition and philosophy
  • World-leading faculty from the top Israeli and European universities
  • Traditional Hevruta text study methodology
  • Applied project work in Informal Education and Community Leadership
  • Networking in an open, international and pluralistic European environment
  • Hebrew Ulpan in cooperation with Uppsala University
  • Mid-year study trip to Israel in cooperation with Yad Vashem
  • Follow-up programs and yearly conferences
  • Access to and support from a 400-individual strong network of alumni in 40 countries
  • Degree:Joint 120 ECTS MA Program in Jewish Civilizations in cooperation with the HfJS Heidelberg

Continue your studies at the Hochschule für Jüdische Studien in Heidelberg for seminars and thesis work for an MA degree.

Recruitment Policy

Candidates are chosen based upon

1. Their ability to contribute to the revival of European Jewish culture
2. Applicant’s intellectual/academic abilities
3. Social & Interpersonal skills
4. The need of the community or organization

Application Deadline

Early Application: Deadline January 15 (decision in March)
Application I: Deadline March 1 (decision in April)
Application II: Deadline April 15 (decision in May)
Scholarships awarded on a rolling basis – apply now!

Application Process

Applications are handled according to the following process: Qualified candidates are called for an on-line interview within a month after the application deadline. Decision of scholarship is taken within a month after the interview.


Paideia fellows are eligible for scholarships during their studies at Paideia. Scholarships are only awarded to candidates who actively contribute to strengthening Jewish life and culture in Europe and have the potential to continue to do so in their future work. This means that scholarships are primarily given to Europeans who are young adults. Candidates who do not fulfill this criterion may be accepted to the program without scholarship. Candidates who are entitled to state support such as the Swedish CSN are not eligible for Paideia scholarships.
Please note that Paideia has only a limited amount of scholarships and they are distributed on an ongoing basis. Therefore candidates in Early Application have better chances to get a scholarship than candidates in Late Application. Paideia currently offers a specilized scholarship provided by the European Jewish Fund. See more information on scholarships here.


Visa for non-EU citizens usually take up to 3 months to get. We strongly recommend non-EU citizens to apply for Early Application by January 15 in order to be able to get the visa in time.
The program starts in mid August and finishes in the end of March.

The One-Year Jewish Studies Program

Within an interdisciplinary academic setting, Paideia educates leaders for Europe – academicians, artists and community activists – towards fluency in Jewish sources. In renewing interpretation of Jewish text, Paideia is reviving a European Jewish voice long silenced by Communism and post-Holocaust trauma – a voice that can contribute to a culturally rich and pluralistic Europe.

Literacy in Jewish Text

At the heart of Paideia is the One Year Jewish Studies Program, dedicated to the study and interdisciplinary interpretation of the textual sources that have served as the wellsprings of Jewish civilization. The program offers a combination of traditional textual study methodology (hevruta), an academic and critical approach to interpretation, and an applied dimension answering to contemporary needs, making it a unique program in Jewish studies.
The studies are conducted five days a week, seven hours per day, under the instruction of world-renowned faculty. The program includes two year-long courses in Bible and Talmud; eleven intensive text courses running chronologically from Torah and Midrash, through Medieval Jewish Philosophy and Responsa Literature to Modern Jewish Philosophy and Literature; as well as various courses on Jewish life, calendar and holidays in relation to contemporary Jewish issues.

Hebrew Ulpan

In order to facilitate the text studies, the program includes a Hebrew Ulpan that is taught four hours a week on three different levels. The amount of Hebrew studies is equivalent to one semester of exclusive full-time study.

Applied dimension

In addition to their Jewish textual studies, the One-Year Jewish Studies Program allows the fellows to interact with and learn from each other as well as from a number of invited speakers during the year; thereby addressing the question of what Jewish culture have to say to contemporary issues. The applied dimension of Paideia also encourages fellows to explore the question of how Jewish studies can nourish their respective fields of competence. The fellows choose a project to develop in the academic, the educational/social or the artistic field. This enables them to tap into individual passions for establishing a deeper connection between Jewish textual studies and related fields.

Fellowship for Jewish Community Development

The European Jewish Fund funds the Fellowship for Community Development within the One Year Jewish Studies Program geared towards educating Jewish European activists and professionals for the communities of the European Jewish Fund. The Fellowship includes, in addition to the regular One Year Program, workshops on Jewish Community Development as well as seminars on European Jewish Communities. Fellows also work on project development in Jewish Community life.

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