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Klaper Fellowship

The Klaper Jewish Studies Fellowship

Want to travel next summer? Interested in pursuing an internship, community service program, research or arts project in the US, in Israel, or in Europe? Jewish Studies now offers a prestigious fellowship program that could cover your summer expenses.

The Klaper Fellowship seeks to fund students to undertake creative transformative summer projects that advance Jewish life and values broadly conceived. Projects might include, but are not limited to, internships, summer study, travel, community service, interfaith dialogue, arts, and research. Students must demonstrate how the proposed project will contribute to their own professional or personal development while advancing Jewish life and values. The committee is particularlyinterested in funding unique opportunities that are likely to be transformative and demonstrate innovation, creativityand challenge. This fellowship is open to all students, regardless of religious or ethnic background, who are either a declared Jewish Studies major and/or minor or have completed at least nine hours of Jewish Studies courses. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. The award will be up to $5,000, but may exceed this amount in exceptional circumstances.

Applications should include a proposal of no more than four double-spaced pages, a resume, and a detailed budget. The proposal should explain the nature and feasibility of the project and how it will contribute to the applicant’s professional or personal development while advancing Jewish life and values. The proposal should also explain how the applicant will make use of the project to impact others. Supporting documentation is encouraged, including evidence of prior activities that demonstrate the likelihood that the applicant will successfully execute the proposal. Recipients will be asked to share the results of their experience and should explain how they will do so in their application.

Completed applications should be electronically submitted to Mark Swick, by February 2, 2018. The application review committee will review submissions to narrow the field. Finalists will have an individual interview with the committee to determine the recipient of the Fellowship.

It is understood that Klaper Fellowships will be made only to students who have met in full the application requirements and who are deemed fully qualified. Therefore, depending upon the qualifications of the applicants and judgment of the faculty, no fellowship award may be made in a given year.

For more information about the application process and what projects will qualify, speak to Mark Swick (