Research Award Recipients

Graduate Research Awards 2015-2016

Rachel Bernstein
"On the Market: A Study of Millennial Jewish Young Adults Seeking Identity"   

Kelsey Davis
"Aleksandr Alekseev: A Convert’s Response to the Jewish Question"

Geraldine Gudefin
"An Impossible divorce? Russian Jewish immigrants and Civil Divorce in France (1905-1930)"   

Nataliia Laas
"Ethnicity and Commercial Advertising in the Soviet Union in the late 1940s and early 1950s"

Michelle Mann
"Not Quite Citizens: Rethinking the Dynamics of Jewish and Muslim Military Service in Colonial Algeria, 1914-1918"

Joanna Martin
"Jamaican Jewish Cemetery Documentation"

James Moore
"'I am Unable to do my Job:' Literary Depictions of Scribes and their Profession in the Tale of Ahiqar and Jeremiah 36"   

Golan Moskowitz
"Wild, Outside, in the Night: Maurice Sendak, Queer American Jewishness, and the Child"    

Ben Steiner
"The Rothschild Ketubah: The Modern Voice of Traditional Jewish Marriage"   

Amber Taylor    
"From Zion to the Land of Jerusalem: The History of the Mormon Presence in Jerusalem, 1841-1989"

Past Recipients

Research Grants

Graduate Research Awards
Information for 2016-2017
Proposal deadline: December 7, 2016

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 2015-2016 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 13, 2017
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.