HBI Scholars-in-Residence Programs

The HBI Scholar in Residence program provide scholars, artists, and writers the opportunity to be in residence at Brandeis University while working on significant projects in the field of Jewish women’s and gender studies. 

 Residences range from two months to a full semester. Applications for a full academic year will be considered. (Note: residencies are not available during July and the first half of August.) 

 Applicants living outside the U.S. and those whose work has an international dimension are especially encouraged to apply.

The program is generously funded through gifts from:

  • Phyllis Hammer
  • Elaine Reuben
  • Sylvia Neil, through the HBI Project on Gender, Culture, Religion and the Law
  • The Harry and Jeanette Foundation, Inc. 
  • And other donors


Program Structure

Accepted scholars will receive a monthly stipend of $5000. In addition, participants will receive (shared) office space at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University and access to all available Brandeis University resources.

Participants are expected to give one talk to the Brandeis community, and to play an active part of the life of the institute. Visiting scholars (may) have the opportunity to present their work to a Brandeis class, depending on the length and timing of the residency. SIRs may also be asked to contribute to the HBI blog Fresh Ideas from HBI.

Participants are invited to take part in all HBI activities, but they are not required to do so.

Eligibility Requirements

There are no eligibility requirements. Applications (in English) from outside the United States are welcome. Open to applicants regardless of gender or religion.

Application Requirements

Please submit each of the following items via the Jotform link:

  1. Letter of introduction with your preferred dates of residence

  2. Project abstract

  3. Project proposal 

  4. Literature review (if appropriate)

  5. Curriculum Vitae

  6. Three professional letters of reference

  7. Writing sample (10 page maximum)

  8. Three suggested topics for a public and/or academic lecture (note that these are only tentative topics and may be changed if deemed appropriate by both the HBI and the scholar.) 

  9. Statement explaining where you learned about this opportunity.

Submitting Proposals & Deadline

In addition to completing the online form, applicants should send hard copies of all attachments to:

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

Application Deadline: January 23, 2020