2018 Research Awards

The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute awards grants to support research or artistic projects on Jewish women's and gender issues across a range of disciplines. Scholars, activists, writers and artists who are pursuing research on questions of significance to the field of Jewish women's and gender studies, or work that deals with the themes of our work in comparative perspective, may apply. The HBI Research Awards are funded by gifts from the HBI Board.

See the complete list of the 2017 HBI Research Award Winners!

Grant Categories 

Yishuv, Contemporary Israel & Zionism

Diasporic & Transnational Jewish Studies

Gender & Holocaust Studies

Gender, Culture, Religion & the Law

Gender Issues in Jewish Ritual, Participation & Observance

Jewish Feminism & Jews in Feminism

LGBTQ Studies

Creative Arts (Including: Research, Performance, Visual, Writing & Film) Projects must deal with gender; projects by and about Jewish artists that do not deal with gender do not meet the criteria. 

Size of Award

Junior grants up to $2,000 awarded to graduate students enrolled in recognized Ph.D. programs and new scholars – generally within two years of receiving a Ph.D.

Senior grants up to $5,000 awarded to established scholars and professionals. 


Open to applicants regardless of gender or religion.

Applications (in English) from outside the United States are welcome.

Proposal Guidelines

Download the Research Awards application guidelines (pdf)

Proposal deadline: October 4, 2018

Submitting Your Proposal

1) Mail a hard copy of the proposal to:

Debby Olins
Program Manager
The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute
MS 079
Brandeis University
Waltham, MA 02454 -9110

2) Electronically submit your proposal. Do not email your proposal. Your proposal will be accepted only if we receive both hard and electronic copies by the deadline.

Frequently Asked Questions

Read answers to many questions about applying for a HBI Research Award.

Review Process

Grants are awarded on the basis of excellence. All proposals are confidential and carefully reviewed by at least two outside experts, and receive further review from members of the HBI's Academic Advisory Committee. The HBI will notify applicants by email in January 2019 as to whether their proposal will receive funding. Funds will be distributed four to six weeks after receipt of required tax documentation, which must be received within six-weeks of notification of the Research Award.