The Martin Perlmutter Fellows Program

Perlmutter Fellows is a four-year community leadership development and academic enhancement program designed to help students discover and develop an understanding of the many social justice issues plaguing our society.

Run by the faculty of the Jewish Studies Program, Perlmutter Fellows begin their journey at CofC as freshmen selected via an application and an interview process.

Students chosen for the Perlmutter Fellows Program:

- Spend their first year at CofC as part of a cohort of 5 high-achieving and community-oriented students who complement their academic studies with mentoring, professional development, and educational opportunities.

- Focus on their social justice passion and further their training and professional development in that area in the remaining three years

- Meet several times a year for dinners with professors, communal leaders, and guest speakers

- Receive mentoring from faculty and community members, network to build relationships, and develop other skills

- Are eligible to apply for Discovery Awards, internal grants to support their educational and professional development throughout their time at CofC.

- Participate in local, regional, and even international travel, as appropriate to their professional development trajectory

- Are Jewish Studies majors or minors. The Jewish Studies minor requires only 6 courses/18 credit hours. Almost all Jewish Studies courses count for the College's general education requirements in humanities or history.

- Receive up to $10,000 per year toward the cost of their tuition (This award cannot be combined with any other merit based aid offered by the Office of Admissions).

- Are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, with a booster required of those for whom it has been more than 6 months since their last shot, and any other follow up shots as recommended by the CDC by the time of enrollment.

There is no formal application. Send a one-page letter indicating why you are interested in the program and explaining your commitment to community service and engagement, social justice issues, and academic excellence, via email to Prof. Yaron Ayalon. Please direct questions about the program to Prof. Ayalon at ayalony@cofc.edu.

Applications are due by March 1st, 2022.

The Jewish Studies Major is the most versatile program at CofC. It fits in as a second major with almost all other programs, and provides students with skills no other major can. Explore the links below to see why Jewish Studies is the Best Second Major. Jewish Studies majors are also eligible for funding to offset the costs of studying abroad. Check out the links below for more information.

Dr. Martin Perlmutter

The Perlmutter Fellows Program is named in honor of former Jewish Studies Program Director, Dr. Martin Perlmutter, and his four decades of service to the College of Charleston.

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