The Visiting Scholars Program at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education (MCSJE) at Brandeis University provides an opportunity for Jewish education scholars and leaders to participate in the intellectual community at MCSJE, and to contribute to MCJSE projects as appropriate, while working on an intellectual project of their own. Visiting scholars are in residence for either one full semester or one full academic year. 

Program Structure

Visiting scholars have access to dedicated work space at MCSJE, basic office support, and all available Brandeis University resources (e.g., library privileges and access to electronic resources). They may also request support in the form of paid research assistance, and in fact are encouraged to do so since the opportunity to serve as a research assistant is a valuable learning experience for undergraduates. Visiting scholars do not receive compensation.

Visiting scholars are expected to be in residence regularly, and to participate fully in sessions of the Jewish Education Working Group (a group of scholars who meet regularly to discuss research in Jewish education) and in the Seminar on Contemporary Jewish Life. Visiting scholars are also expected to present their work to a Brandeis audience of students or scholars, depending on their focus, and to contribute to the MCSJE blog, Learning about Learning.

Eligibility Requirements

Any scholar of Jewish education or an adjacent field, including scholars of Jewish studies who wish to focus on the teaching and learning of their subject area, or any advanced Jewish educational practitioner, is eligible to apply. Applications (in English) from outside the United States are welcome. The program is open to applicants regardless of religious or ethnic background.

Application Requirements

Please submit each of the following items directly to

Applications will be considered beginning on February 15, 2019.

  1. Cover email that explains why a term as a visiting scholar at MCSJE will be useful to you (250 words maximum)
  2. Description of research project (250 words maximum)
  3. C.V. or resume
  4. Optional: Writing sample (20 page maximum)