Be sure to submit a formal application with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences:
Note that most Brandeis doctoral programs have an application deadline of January 15th, but it is best to check with the relevant department for exact details.
Doctoral Student Fellowships
Schusterman Israel Studies Graduate Fellowships
The Schusterman Center for Israel Studies is dedicated to promoting exemplary teaching and scholarship in Israeli history, politics, culture, and society at Brandeis University and beyond. To that end, the Schusterman Center supports and mentors graduate students at Brandeis University who focus on Israel Studies. These full and partial fellowships are granted on a competitive basis to doctoral candidates who have been accepted into the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
The Schusterman Center funds full and partial fellowships for doctoral students focusing on Israel Studies in fields such as history, sociology, politics, Middle East studies, Israeli art, literature and culture. These fellowships—granted through individual departments—will be renewable, after review, for up to five years, with up to a $24,000 stipend per year. If you receive a Schusterman Israel Studies Fellowship, you will receive a full tuition scholarship. You will also receive health care benefits, estimated at a value of $1500.
Schusterman Scholars’ primary affiliations are to their home departments. Therefore, each department will specify teaching and other doctoral requirements for Schusterman Scholars. All Schusterman Scholars will need to demonstrate competence in modern Hebrew and/or Arabic. Furthermore, Scholars’ dissertations must focus on a topic relevant to Israel Studies. Service to the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies may be required.
Recipients of Schusterman Israel Studies Fellowships, known as Schusterman Scholars, will be expected to participate in a bi-monthly seminar for Schusterman Scholars. This seminar brings together Israel Studies doctoral candidates, along with relevant faculty and other advanced students, to explore issues in the field of Israel Studies. This seminar will allow Israel Studies doctoral candidates to form an intellectual community for their research and academic development. Schusterman Scholars are expected to participate in the seminar every year of their Fellowship.
Small awards for research trips to Israel may be available for Schusterman Scholars, to supplement their fellowships. These awards will be competitive. Scholars will be required to submit research proposals and recommendations from their research advisors.
Summer Institute for Israel Studies
Schusterman Scholars will be given the opportunity to participate in the Summer Institute for Israel Studies, in which faculty members from across North America and the world participate in seminars at Brandeis and in Israel that will help them design new courses in Israel Studies for their home universities. Click here for more detailed information.
Who is eligible?
Doctoral candidates accepted by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences who are focusing on topics in Israel Studies are eligible to apply for a Schusterman Israel Studies Fellowship. The GSAS application is separate and preliminary to the Schusterman application. Please click here for the Schusterman interest application only.
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Prospective doctoral students should indicate in their applications for admission and in their personal statements that they would like to be considered for a Schusterman Israel Studies Fellowship. They should also fill out the Schusterman Fellowship application. Individual departments who plan to accept these candidates for admission will discuss the candidates with the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies. An awards committee will then consider the application and award the Fellowship.
Doctoral candidates who are not awarded a Schusterman Fellowship may apply the following year for reconsideration.
For more information
Please contact the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies to receive additional information on the Schusterman Israel Studies Fellowship.