Research

Goldfein and Brenner Research Awards

Each fall and spring the Jewish Studies Program offers Goldfein Research Awards and the Brenner Special Opportunity Awards to both undergraduate and graduate Penn students.

Award Guidelines

The Goldfein Research Awards, are intended to cover research projects and study programs. The Brenner Special Opportunity Awards, finance special needs not otherwise covered by grants, such as travel to conferences or special courses of study.

There are not separate application forms for the two awards, so please check whether you are applying for the Brenner or Goldfein awards. If necessary, applications for one award felt to be more appropriate for the other award will be switched at the discretion of the designated faculty committee.

Applicants for summer funding should apply at the spring deadline.

Goldfein awards will be administered according to the following guidelines:

  1. The project must represent original research or scholarship.
  2. Grants will be made only for research that is conducted after the proposal has been approved.
  3. Students awarded these grants are expected to document their research in the form of a progress report of not more than 500 words, which must be approved and signed by the project recommender.
  4. Types of expenses to which the funds may be applied include travel to libraries, museums, archives, and research sites; research equipment and supplies, including books, films, and photocopying. All original receipts must be submitted within thirty days of return from travel.
  5. All independent research projects must have a faculty advisor, and should be part of an academic course of study at Penn.

Brenner awards will be administered according to the following guidelines:

  1. Grants will be made only for projects that are undertaken after the proposal has been approved.
  2. Students awarded these grants are expected to document their experience in the form of a progress report of not more than 500 words, which must be approved and signed by the project advisor.
  3. Types of expenses to which the funds may be applied include tuition, travel expenses, or other special needs. All original receipts must be submitted within thirty days of return from travel.
  4. All independent research projects must have a faculty advisor, and should be part of an academic course of study at Penn.

Please consult this webpage for more information regarding booking travel and/or reimbursements: http://cms.business-services.upenn.edu/penntravel/

Application Procedure

  1. Prepare your proposal in consultation with a prospective faculty advisor. Your proposal should take the following form:
    1. Completed Research Award Application Form
    2. Short Abstract (Detail the nature and aims of the project, and its significance for the applicant's program of study; no more than two pages)
    3. Academic Transcript (unofficial transcript is suitable)
    4. CV (no more than two pages)
    5. Itemized budget for all costs and expenses, indicating any other sources of support
  2. Request a letter of recommendation from your faculty advisor. These letters should be sent directly to the Jewish Studies Program: jsp-info@sas.upenn.edu
  3. Proposals, letters of recommendation, and applications must be submitted electronically to: 
jsp-info@sas.upenn.edu by October 31, 2014. This deadline is firm; no applications will be received after this date.

Selection Process

Proposals will be reviewed by a faculty committee designated by the Director of the Jewish Studies Program (JSP). Students whose projects are approved may want to register for the Senior Research Seminar (JWST 390) in the following semester.

Application Deadline: Friday, October 31, 2014

For a Research Award application: PDF or Word doc.

Samuel and Esther Goldin Endowment Award

Each spring, the Jewish Studies Program awards the Samuel and Esther Goldin Endowment Award. This annual prize recognizes an outstanding thesis or research paper in the field of Jewish Studies. Preference will be given to students majoring or minoring in Jewish Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, but any senior research essay by a Penn undergraduate (senior) that reflects research in and deep engagement with Jewish texts, religion, history, literature, politics, or culture will also be eligible for the prize.

Essay Deadline: Three (3) hard copies as well as an electronic copy of each essay must be delivered to: Jewish Studies Program, 711 Williams Hall/6305 by April 7, 2014, no later than 12:00 PM. Electronic copy should be sent to: jsp-info@sas.upenn.edu.

Jewish Studies Bassini Internships

With the goal of enriching intellectual life at Penn, the Jewish Studies Internship Program encourages and supports students who wish to explore the intellectual complexity and richness of Jewish Studies and related fields outside the confines of the regular classroom. Interns work in pairs under the guidance of faculty members and a graduate student advisor. Examples of past programs include:

  • a tour of downtown Jewish Philadelphia
  • a lively and heated panel discussion on campus about Mel Gibson's Passion
  • informal discussions with leading professors
  • a film screening and discussion

IT'S ALL UP TO YOU!!! Get involved.

There are no requirements to join this program. You do NOT have to be a Jewish Studies Major or Minor.

Each intern will be expected to attend the other interns programs. In return for participation and service, each intern will receive a $175 research stipend.

Applications are due Friday, September 12, 2014 for Fall 2014 internships. Students will be informed early in the semester by e-mail.

Forms and Documents

National Museum of American Jewish History Internship

Undergraduates can earn independent study credit (in Jewish Studies or in History) by serving as in intern next semester at the National Museum of American Jewish History.

This is your opportunity to work at the new museum on Independence Mall!

  • Earn Independent Study Credit! (in History or Jewish Studies)
  • Great Museum Experience!
  • Work with Collections, Exhibitions, or in Education

Requirements

  • Approximately 7-8 hours per week at the Museum (arranged around your class scedule)
  • A 10 page research paper based on your work
  • Work will be evaluated by Prof. Beth Wenger in the History department

Send an application that includes

  • A 2-3 page statement explaining your interest in the program and detailing any coursework in Jewish and American History (or other relevant fields) that would qualify you for this internship.
  • An unofficial copy of your transcript
  • Your name, campus or other mailing address, e-mail address, telephone, and other pertinent contact information

No more than 2 interns will be accepted for the semester. Applications are due in March for the fall and November for the spring.

Submit applications electronically to Prof. Beth Wenger bwenger@sas.upenn.edu

Deadline for fall 2014 internship: Thursday, April, 3, 2014

Various Other Awards

The Moshe Greenberg Prize is presented annually to a graduating senior whose knowledge of Hebrew was acquired at Penn and who shows exceptional proficiency in the language. The prize is named in honor of Moshe Greenberg (1928-2010) who taught Hebrew and Biblical Studies at Penn from 1954-1970 and wrote his textbook Introduction to Hebrew here. He was Ellis Professor of Hebrew and Semitic Languages and Literatures at Penn from 1964-1970 and then became Professor of Bible at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem until his retirement in 1996.

The Judah Goldin Memorial Prize for Excellence in Advanced Hebrew Studies is presented annually to a student majoring in Hebrew & Judaica whose knowledge of Hebrew was acquired before coming to Penn and who excels in advanced courses studying Hebrew literature in the original. This prize is named for Judah Goldin (1914-1998), who was Professor of Postbiblical Hebrew Literature at Penn from 1973-1985.

Merle Saunders Schaff Memorial Awards of $200 are offered each spring for the best essay (or comparable expression) demonstrating creative thinking on any subject related to the archaeology of Ancient Israel or to Judaic religious thought through the Middle Ages. A special prize of $500 will be given for a suitable essay in the area that led the donor to establish the prize, namely, connections between Celtic Christianity and the religious culture of the ancient Hebrews. Essays should be submitted to Talya Fishman in the Religious Studies Department, 201 Claudia Cohen Hall/6304.

The Workman's Circle/Arbiter Ring Prize is an award for excellence in Yiddish Studies presented to a student each spring by the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures.

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