Research Award Recipients

Graduate Research Awards 2014-2015

Patrick Brown 
"Revolution in the Working-Class: Community, Conflict, and Identity in Nizhnii Novgorod, 1917-1941"

Bronson Brown-deVost
"Working with Dead Sea Scrolls Pesher Manuscripts"

Natalie Cornett
"How Did Polish Feminists Respond to Antisemitism?"

Geraldine Gudefin
"'Divorced without Law'?: Jewish Immigrants and Divorce in New York (1881-1935)"

Golan Moskowitz
"Welcomed and Forbidden: Sendak and Jewish American Self-Making"

Karen Spira
"Urban Orphans: Education, Rehabilitation, and Acculturation in Jerusalem’s Jewish Orphanages (1919-1959)"

Amber Taylor
"American Christians in the Jewish Holy Land: Foundations of American Christian Pilgrimage and Tourism in the State of Israel"

Past Recipients

Research Grants

Graduate Research Awards
Information for 2015-2016
Proposal deadline: December 8, 2015

The Tauber Institute offers grants for pre-dissertation and dissertation research in any academic discipline of Jewish Studies.* Grants up to $5000 will be awarded to cover travel expenses (such as visits to archives), purchase of research materials such as microfilm (but excluding books), and costs of data collection and processing.  


All students enrolled in a doctoral program at Brandeis University are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to students who have successfully completed their course work by the end of the 2014-2015 academic year.

Proposals should include:

  • title and the objectives of the research project; and an explanation of how this research constitutes an integral part of your doctoral research
  • description of research plans, including data to be used, methodology, description of sources, etc
  • breakdown of specific expenditures to be covered by the grant
  • letter of recommendation from faculty advisor
  • names of other granting agencies to which you have applied
  • curriculum vita

Selection Criteria:

  • originality and creativity of the research proposal
  • importance of the proposed dissertation to the applicant’s field
  • appropriateness of primary-source collections and institutions in which the applicant proposes to conduct research    

Decisions concerning applications will be made on the recommendation of the Faculty Advisory Committee of the Tauber Institute.

* For grants in Israel Studies please contact the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University


The Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry
 Lown 306A; Mail Stop 075
Awards will be announced by February 12, 2016
Proposals will be accepted on line sent

For more information: 781-736-2125; Fax: 781-736-2070;

Read our Grant Writing Guide for Tauber as well as other grants, prepared by Professor ChaeRan Freeze. See also a sample proposal to NEH by Professor Freeze. Also see our listing of available grants.