The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee Fellowship Program, USA, Israel


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January 15, 2017

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Description of the Fellowship

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee 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 relief, rescue and rehabilitation 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 3 miles of text documents, 100,000 photographs, 1100 audio recordings, 1300 video recordings, 95 oral histories, and 157 recorded historic speeches and broadcasts.

Available Fellowship Opportunities

1. The Fred and Ellen Lewis Fellowship

Description of the 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 apply (See in the "Further official information" below this article).

2. The Ruth and David Musher Fellowship

Description of the 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 apply (See in the "Further official information" below this article).

3. The Sorrell and Lorraine Chesin Fellowship

Description of the 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 as the President of the Board of Directors of the UAlbany Emeritus Center, an association of over 700 retired faculty, administrators and professionals who were granted emeritus status.

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.

“Because we both have had a good education, meaningful careers, and a satisfying life together, we want to share our good fortune to further your education. We have valued hard work, perseverance and exploration and are committed to encourage and reward the continuation of these values.”

—Sorrell and Lorraine Chesin

Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply (See in the "Further official information" below this article).

4. The Martin and Rhoda Safer Fellowship

Description of the 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 will be awarded for each of two years 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 per fellow per year.

Selection of Fellows

Candidates must submit applications by January 15, 2017, 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. Applicants must include an essay detailing the relevance of the JDC archival collection(s) to their proposed research, and if possible, indicate specific material(s) to be consulted, such as documents, photographs and audiovisual materials.

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 presentation on their research activities upon conclusion of their fellowships.

For more information click "Further official information" below.



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October 07, 2016
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