Research Awards Frequently Asked Questions

The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute awards grants to support interdisciplinary research or artistic projects on Jewish women and gender issues. Scholars, activists, writers and artists who are pursuing research on questions of significance to the field of Jewish women's studies may apply.

Frequently Asked Questions

I have received a Research Award in the past, can I apply again?
Yes, you may apply for a second award to carry out a new project or to finish a partially funded project.

My proposal is interdisciplinary and qualifies in two categories. Which one should I select?
The HBI does not advise applicants on this question. Keep in mind that the HBI does not have a specified number of awards in any one discipline, and that proposals are judged for excellence. You must apply in only one category, however. Proposals selecting two categories will be returned.

I am collaborating on this project with other colleagues. May more than one person submit the proposal? Yes, you may submit a proposal from more than one person.  In the Proposal Summary, provide the information for the project leader.  If all applicants are collaborating equally, please provide the information for the most senior applicant.  Attach a separate sheet with the information for all people whose names are affiliated with the proposal, and include each person’s CV.

Should I apply as a junior or a senior?
Junior applicants are enrolled Ph.D. students or are scholars who are within three years of finishing their doctorate. Senior scholars have generally attained the level of associate professor, or the equivalent. Those people who fall between categories may apply in either category, with the understanding that senior proposals are judged more rigorously. Artists applying in the senior category will need to provide evidence of a reviewed body of work.

Should the documents be single spaced or double spaced?
You may use either, but please abide by the specifications for the maximum number of pages.

May I apply for funding to covering my time?
Yes, you should include this cost in the time category of the budget.

I am applying as a senior applicant. Do I need a recommendation?
Only junior applicants need to include an academic reference.

Can my reference send you the recommendation directly, or should I include it with my materials?
Your reference may email their reference from a university email address to If she/he is sending a hard copy, please ask that university stationery be used.

I am not sure how long my application will take in the mail. If I email the full application by the deadline of September 14, 2017, at 5 p.m., will you accept the hard copy if it arrives after that date?

The HBI expects applicants to adhere to the required deadlines. However, we understand that overseas mail can be unpredictable. If you are based outside of the U.S. or Canada, the HBI will accept your proposal when it arrives if it is sent via Express Mail and post-marked by Thurday, September 14, 2017.

For proposals in the visual arts, how many images should I submit?
You should submit as many images as needed to give the reviewer a full understanding of your capability to carry out your proposal.